The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Iris and Ruby.
Constance has made a new life for herself in a foreign land. She is a musician, a composer, a highly paid arranger of other people's music, living in a lively expatriate community in Bali. There the world is idyllic – beautiful beaches framed with lush, green trees, charming small houses, and a relaxed, convivial lifestyle. So when the news comes of her sister's serious illness the last thing she wants to do is return to London.
For her sister is much older than Constance – and not a real relative. Constance was adopted. While she never felt completely at home with her 'family', nor did she ever want to find her birth mother. But none of these are the real reason she is so reluctant to go home. It is far more complicated than that: before leaving London, she fell in love with her sister's husband.
But Constance does go back to London. She discovers a great deal more about her sister and family, gets to know her 18-year old nephew and his Lithuanian girlfriend, learns about her family history and the hidden connections with her past. Most importantly of all, she must face the dilemma of her forbidden love; and in doing so, discover a new identity for herself.
Rosie Thomas has a remarkable ability to write about human dilemmas and Constance is one of her most endearing characters.
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Praise for Rosie Thomas:
‘Prepare to be dazzled...an epic tale of sisterhood and betrayal.’ Company
‘This is an epic love story set against breathtaking descriptions of Antarctic waste.’ Woman and Home
‘Rosie Thomas writes with beautiful, effortless prose, and shows a rare compassion and a real understanding of the nature of love.’ The Times
‘Honest and absorbing, Rosie Thomas mixes the bitter and the hopeful with the knowledge that the human heart is far more complicated than any rule suggests.’ Mail on Sunday
‘A master storyteller.’ Cosmopolitan
‘A story full of passion... will keep you reading long after bedtime.’ New Woman
‘Thomas’s novels are beautifully written. This one is a treat.’ Marie Claire
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Book Description HarperCollins. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007252153
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007252153
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7252153