I've been a fan of Martina Cole's for a few years now and have read many of her books. While she does have a history of providing drawn out, repetitive background information, it's never been to the extent that it was in this book. In her other books the story line draws you in and makes you care more about finding out the secrets than a bit of repeated info. This book is completely opposite.
This book almost feels forced. As if Cole just wanted to get it finished and used painful repetition to do so. She provides in-depth background info on even the most minute characters, which is beyond pointless. Their characters are so small and fleeting in the grand scheme of things that we don't need to know that deep into their background.
Her story was confusing at times as well, as she seemed to lack paying attention to detail and would often jump into another story line without any kind of warning or easy transition. This leaves the reader confused and wondering how they got there.
The worst though is the repetition. This book is an almost painful read because of it. For example, one character would say something and you would then have to read through three pages of already very often stated background info just to finally reach the other characters response. I found myself skipping pages at a time just to avoid reading the facts she had already made perfectly clear up to this point, and to get on with the story.
If you extracted all of the repetitive background filler, this book would probably only be 1/4 of the length of what it currently is. That's just how much "filler" this book contains.
Do yourself a favor and skip the aggravation!