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Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

Created: 12/26/15

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Posted Dec. 26, 2015 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

As Floss tells the story that she has been hiding bit by bit throughout the novel did you have any guesses as to what the secret would ultimately be? How did your predictions change as the story was revealed? Did the truth surprise you, or were you able to figure it out?


Posted Jan. 01, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurap

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

Initially I saw a range of possibilities. By the time I was abut 60% through the book I had figured out she ran with the baby - and that Grace was not hers. I just wasn't sure of the circumstances.


Posted Jan. 02, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joyz

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I guessed about 40% through that Grace was not her child. My predictions did not change, and I found that her attitude toward Grace helped me 'guess' the outcome.


Posted Jan. 02, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joyces

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I did figure out early on what Floss's secret was but it certainly added to the flow and anticipation in the story trying to figure out how and when she was going to tell her daughter and granddaughter.


Posted Jan. 03, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
MarieA

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I had early suspicions of Floss's secret but that didn't interfere with my feelings about the characters and how they related to one another.


Posted Jan. 05, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Retired Reader, NE

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I felt that the story was very predictable. Happy endings for everyone usually isn't the case. There wasn't enough tension in the plot to have real surprises.


Posted Jan. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Savanna

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

My guess at the beginning, given Bill's flirtation with Floss, was that he had raped her. The reality was harsher to me, because the pain was consistently increasing for both Elizabeth and her friends. Her pregnancy must have been a nightmare because she couldn't eat enough to sustain herself.

I enjoyed the book, but I agreed with Retired Reader, NE - everything was tied up in a nice little bow at the end.


Posted Jan. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
josephinej

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I thought the same as Savanna, that Bill had raped her. I did find her initial reaction to Bill a little puzzling, however, and that bothered me.


Posted Jan. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorothyl

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

i did surmise that she wasn't the real mother. I also felt everything was tied up too neatly and the book seemed contrived to me.


Posted Jan. 08, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rosemarys

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

It took me a little while to figure it out. Then I realized that Grace was not her biological daughter, but didn't realize it was Elizabeth's child until a little bit further on. I also thought that Bill had possibly gotten Floss pregnant due to his non discreet comments throughout. He was a very disturbing character.


Posted Jan. 08, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
melindah

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I guessed Grace was Elizabeth's as soon as her pregnancy was revealed. I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but was not surprised by any of the developments.


Posted Jan. 08, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
jeanettel

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I believed that the baby was hers and Bill’s, a one night trill which she then regretted so much that she ran with the baby two weeks after giving birth where no one would know who she was.


Posted Jan. 08, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cynthiao

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

Yes, I knew there was a secret, but my idea of what happened changed as the book went along. It all came together when Grace was born.


Posted Jan. 12, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
LindaB.

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

At first I did think that Floss had been raped by Bill (or somehow compromised) but it wasn't long into the book that I figured out what really happened, especially since Floss mentioned that she thought she was interested in women rather than men.


Posted Jan. 13, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Sooz

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I, like most others guessed that she was not the biological mother of Grace and felt Bill was involved somehow. However, I didn't guess the details of what actually took place until it was revealed later on in the story. I did enjoy reading the book and thought the author wrote an interesting book.


Posted Jan. 13, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
PiperUp

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I too thought that the baby was her's & Bill's. I would've been disappointed had that been the case. I mean...I'm not happy that Bill was so horrible to Elizabeth but I just didn't want to read a book about a woman who had an affair with her friend's husband.


Posted Jan. 17, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
laurieh

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I actually thought that Bill has charmed Floss and that Grace was Floss and Bill's child. As his nature was revealed, I didn't want the book to take an ugly turn with Floss and Bill. I was glad the story progressed the way it did in regards to who Grace's biological parents were.


Posted Jan. 18, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
juliaa

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

Initially I thought that Bill had raped Floss and Grace was the result, but then I came to believe that Grace wasn't Floss's child. I did not guess the exact circumstances until they were revealed (maybe I'm slow!). It took courage for Floss to set off to a new country with a newborn child who wasn't hers, but for whom she assumed full responsibility. That demonstrated the kind of love that makes a family.


Posted Jan. 19, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
tracyb

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

Add me to the readers who thought that it was an instance of rape. I didn't think that Grace wasn't her child. Grace was a unique person. Floss loved Grace as she had loved Elizabeth. The courage in that time take to bring Grace home to her parents & then travel to the U.S. was amazing.


Posted Jan. 19, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
melindah

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I wholeheartedly agree with tracyb, the courage and strength of character it took to follow through with taking Grace was astounding and beautiful.


Posted Jan. 19, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
debbielmc

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RE: Did you have any guesses as to what Floss's secret was? Did your predictions change as the story was revealed?

I questioned whether Grace was actually Floss's baby or at the very least she had been the product of a rape.


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