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Three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house one last time before it is sold. The house is filled with memories of their shared past, yet beneath the idyllic surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them. Sophisticated and sleek, Roland's new wife arouses his sister's jealousies. Passion erupts where it's least expected, shattering the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister. Over the course of this summer holiday, the family's stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican - winds down to its inevitable end.

©2016 Tessa Hadley (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • DM
  • 02-24-16

Chances lost and fulfilled

Filled with Hadley's usual astute observations and intelligent insights. There's not much of a plot, so the novel starts slow, but strong character development takes over, with the real interest lying in their self reflections and evolving sensitivities.

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  • DM
  • 04-23-16

Interesting characters

Liked some of the characters and parts
of the story. looked forward to picking the book up each time to reach the end.

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Slow, but charming English countryside prose.

Slow and hard to find sympathetic character. But charming nostalgic writing about the English countryside.

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What's with the ending?

Excellent on audio, I loved it! This book was a refreshing change from heavier subject matter.

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Disappointing

There was no plot or climax. Kept waiting for a exciting event to occur & it didn't happen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narrator Mistakes!!!!?

The narrator read the characters' names wrong several times. I thought I was hearing things so I rewound. Sure enough, instead of Fran kneeling down to speak to Ivy, Ivy knelt down to speak to Ivy. This happened several times. Come on. She would also switch scenes without a pause. Ruined the whole book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Goes nowhere

There's not a lot to say about this book cause it's so bland. Parts of the story gets into unnecessary detail for which there is no point, and other parts are left hanging. I finished it thinking there could have been so much more depth and quality to the characters and the past.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Miller
  • Reisterstown, MD, United States
  • 02-10-16

Blah, blah, blah

I'm sorry to do this but I can't allow anyone else to waste a credit

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A mess

Beautifully written but the story was a real mess. Strange random threads. And really slow. I kept waiting for something to happen. Not my favorite!

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too chatty, too long into book before intrigue

British chattiness at its worst. Intrigue doesn't occur until near the end. Ivy is a whinny brat.

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