A chance meeting in St. Jamess Park begins young Lorna and Matts intense relationship. Wholly in love, they leave London for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life togetherMatts woodcarving, Lornas self-discovery, their new baby, Mollyis shattered with the arrival of World War II. In 1960s London, Molly happens upon a forgotten newspapera seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. Thirty years later, Ruth, who has always considered her existence a peculiar accident, questions her own marriage and begins a journey that takes her back to 1941and a redefinition of herself and of love.
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"[Lively] has crafted a fine novel: intricate, heartbreaking and redemptive." - PW.
"Starred Review. British writer Lively is a superb stylist inspired by a curiosity about history that only empathy and the imagination can illuminate." - Booklist.
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Booker and Whitbread prizewinner Lively's 14th novel is a multigenerational love story.
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