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Publisher's Summary

Lexie Sinclair yearns for more than her parents’ genteel country life. She makes her way to the city, where she meets a magazine editor, Innes, a man unlike any she has ever imagined. He introduces her to the thrilling world of Bohemian postwar London, and Lexie learns to become a reporter, to know art and artists, to live fully, unconventionally, and with deep love. And when she finds herself pregnant by a man wholly unsuitable for marriage or fatherhood, she doesn’t hesitate a minute to have the baby on her own.

Later, in present-day London, a young painter named Elina dizzily navigates the first weeks of motherhood. Her boyfriend, Ted, traumatized by nearly losing her in labor, begins to recover lost memories. At first he cannot place them, but as they emerge, we discover something heartbreaking and beautiful that connects these two stories.

©2010 Maggie O’Farrell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“O'Farrell brings to mind Sue Miller but with a British and darker flavor; her sure hand for psychological suspense ( The Vanishing Act of Esme Lenno) continues to be most impressive.” ( Library Journal)

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It was balled-my-eyes-out, good! A must read for new mothers, especially. The connection between mother and child is like no other.

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There was some complications to the plot, but very interesting and I could hardly wait to see how it ended. The characters were well developed and it made a great movie in my mind.

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So many hours to finish this book when only a few chapters would have been sufficient

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Lovely writing style. I was totally engaged with the two stories and intrigued as to how they would eventually meld. engaging to the end.

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What a voice!

I'm not sure how to rate this as the narration is so dreadful it's hard to get past it to enjoy the story! The Narrator's voice as the cadence of someone reading a horror story. It's just dreadful. I would like my money back as I don't think I'll make it to the end of the book!

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