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A captivating new novel from the master of domestic drama.
As the youngest of their three sons marries and Anthony and Rachel
Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, no one
quite realizes the profound shift about to take place. For their
different reasons, the two previous daughters-in-law hadn''t been
able to resist Rachel''s maternal clout and Anthony''s gentle
charms, and had settled into Brinkley family life without rocking
the boat. But Charlotte - very young, very beautiful and
semi-spoiled - has no intention of sharing power with her
mother-in-law, and sets out to vanquish the matriarch. Soon
Rachel''s sons begin to treasonously think of their own houses as
home, and of their mother''s house as simply the place where their
parents live - a necessary shift of loyalties that sets off
fireworks in their mother''s brain, breaks their father''s heart
and causes unexpected waves in their own marriages.
A lovely, candid and hugely perceptive exploration of what happens
inside every family when one generation, with its ways and habits,
has to make way for the next - and everyone needs to learn
what family love means all over again.
From the Hardcover edition.