From the bestselling author of ME BEFORE YOU and two-time winner of the RNA Novel of the Year award.
On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and while they strain to listen to the wireless, twenty-one-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiance again for a year.
In 1980, eighteen-year-old Patricia's rebellion is to run away to from County Wexford with her illegitimate child.
Fifteen years later Sabine leaves trendy Hackney to visit the grandparents she doesn't know, and finds that time in Wexford seems to have stood still.
When Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only is a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.
Although the story jumps frequently from place to place and from one generation to the next, the author is able to make these effortless transitions for the reader. The characters are strong, believable and endearing - and will evoke recognition and sympathy from all ages . . . an enjoyable read and a promising debut novel. - Sunday Express
This perceptive novel does the mothers-and-daughters thing in page-turning style . . . Be sure that your bookmark is a hankie - Elle
An emotional roller-coaster of a read - Company
The attitudes of these strong-minded women and their generations are masterfully captured - Hello
I enjoyed this novel very much - Rosamunde Pilcher
A very beautiful and very moving story - Lesley Pearse
This is a remarkable first novel, rich and deep and full of wonderfully realized characters. Oh, these women! - Anne Rivers Siddons
A really really good book. One of the best I have read for you. I could identify with so much... It had everything going for it. It was well written with well rounded characters and a very good story to boot! Marks: 9/10. I am almost tempted to give it a 10/10! - Sarah Broadhurst book blog
Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and brought up in London. A journalist and writer, she worked for the Independent until 2001. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and three children.
Jojo has twice won the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award: in 2011 for The Last Letter From Your Lover and in 2003 for Foreign Fruit. The Ship of Brides and Silver Bay were shortlisted for the 2005 and 2007 RNA award and Silver Bay was shortlisted for the inaugural Good Housekeeping 2007 Book of the Year award. You can read Jojo's blog or find out more from her website, www.jojomoyes.com, follow her on Twitter @jojomoyes or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jojo.moyes.