Rose Lloyd was the last to suspect that Nathan, her husband of over twenty years, was having an affair, and that he was planning to leave her. But the greatest shock was yet to come; for his mistress was Rose's colleague and friend, Minty. So Rose was left alone in their once-happy family home, where she and Nathan had brought up their children.
Evelyn St John has been parachuted into France to link up with the Resistance. Paul von Hoch's brief, as a member of German Intelligence, is to track down enemy spies. Suddenly the battle lines shift between patriotism and a deeper truth that says love is more important.
"Just ok for me"
As the Second World War draws to a close, Intelligence Officer Gus Clifton surprises his sisters when he introduces Krista - the German wife whom he has married secretly in Berlin. Krista is clearly devastated by her experiences at the hands of the allies, but Gus's sisters can only see the enemy he has brought under their roof. Haunted by passion and betrayal, these damaged souls are propelled towards a spectacular resolution.
For 25 years, Rose Lloyd has juggled marriage, motherhood, and career with remarkable success. It has been a life of family picnics, books and wine, a cherished house, and her own exquisitely designed garden—sunny and comfortable. But then the carefully managed life to which Rose has become accustomed comes crashing down around her when—over the course of a few days—her marriage and her career both fall apart.
"Engaging Plot And Pretty Good Narration"
No one has captured the complexities of marriage at middle age better than Elizabeth Buchan. Now she is back with another irresistibly entertaining and thoughtful tale of two women at the crossroads of love, of freedom, who wonder: Where does happiness lie?
Minty Lloyd is now the second wife to her husband, Nathan, but she is haunted by her very much alive, and quite reborn, predecessor Rose. Yet, after a shocking phone call, Minty finds herself united with an unexpected ally, the woman she once betrayed.
Prue and Max Valour thought that their marriage could survive, despite the age gap between them. But after 20 years, Prue must cope with her stepdaughter again, the girl who grieved for her mother and could not forgive Prue for being loved by her father.
For Kay, living on her husband Bror's country estate, the Nazi invasion is a time of uncertainty. Bror is desperate to preserve the legacy of his home, even if it means co-existing with the enemy; Kay cannot do the same. She is lured by British Intelligence into a world of resistance. Tasked with protecting an SOE agent, Kay learns the art of subterfuge. Caught on opposing sides, will Kay and Bror find their way back to one another?
At the beginning of their City careers, Becky Vitali and Tess Frant become friends. Becky is sharp and clever, and has had an upbringing she will never forget. Tess, meanwhile, was comfortably red in the shires. Supposedly rarities by virtue of their sex, they soon discover that the morality of money is far more important than the issue of gender, and how they balance the texture of their lives is combined with a tender and unexpected love story.
Tom and Annie's kids have grown up, the mortgage is do-able, and they're about to get a gorgeous new, state-of-the-art French stove. Life is good - or so it seems. Beneath the veneer of professional success and domestic security, their marriage is crumbling, eaten away by years of resentment, loneliness, and the fall out from the estrangement of their daughter, and they've settled into simply being two strangers living under the same roof. Until the economy falls apart....
"narator and story very poor"
But what of Minty, the woman who snaffled Rose's husband and her job? Now married to Nathan and the mother of six-year-old twins, she has achieved what many women dream of, the life of a well-to-do Yummy-mummy. Yet, the transition from bright, kitten-esque, sexy office siren to a coddled dependent is not entirely satisfactory. What happens to a contemporary Becky Sharp when she has achieved her objectives?