On Coronation night in 1953 the expat community in Hong Kong
gathers for a celebration party. While they strain to listen to the
proceedings on a faulty wireless, twenty one year old Joy falls in
love. She is engaged within twenty four hours but will not see her
fiance again for a year.
In 1980 eighteen year old Kate's rebellion is to run away from
County Wexford with her illegitimate child.
Fifteen years later Sabine leaves trendy Hackney to visit the
grandparents she has never known, and finds that time in Wexford
seems to have stood still.
When Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, a
deeply buried family secret is discovered - as well as some
fundamental truths; about the conflict between love and duty, about
women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.
Jojo Moyes effortlessly weaves a rich and vivid tapestry of
character, time and place. The result is a novel about many
different kinds of love that will make you laugh as well as cry,
and sets the benchmark for a new generation of storytelling.