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It’s 1945 and cousins Nick and Helena are on the brink of womanhood as they prepare themselves for their new, post-war lives, full of expectation and hope.

Both women are faced with the less-than-perfect realities of their marriages, in a world still piecing itself back together after the devastation of the war.

The novel unfolds through five perspectives, exploring the intricate and complex relationships of a family desperate to preserve a polished exterior.

New York Times journalist Liza Klaussmann’s first novel is nothing less than gripping.

The setting of the glamorous mid-century combined with this tale of secrets and betrayal immediately entraps the reader in pages telling of love, yearning and desperate fear.

Klaussmann’s skilled plotting keeps the story alive throughout the novel, carefully feeding the reader with more excitement on each page.

Rating: 9/10