Lizzie and Frances, identical twins nearing forty, have hardly marked a parallel progress together through life. Lizzie is confident and effusive, the mother of a large, vibrant brood, a successful gallery owner, and a consummate homemaker. Frances, on the other hand, is as elusive as Lizzie is accessible: She lives alone, operates a modestly successful travel agency, and has never had a serious attachment to a man. It seems, to her loving family, as if Frances is destined to move through life anchorless.
But all that changes one Christmas when Frances makes an impulsive trip to Spain. There she falls in love—and not with just any man but with a wealthy, handsome Spaniard who is both Catholic and married. As Frances blossoms with newfound independence and relishes her engrossing affair, Lizzie becomes detached from her home life, which ultimately threatens her marriage. Though Lizzie’s was once the enviable life, now Frances has come into her own, and the twins must reexamine their roles—in their individual lives and in the special, shared world of sisterhood.
About Joanna Trollope
JOANNA TROLLOPE has been writing for over thirty years. Her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction, several of which have been televised, include Other People's Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South, Brother & Sister, Second Honeymoon and her most recent bestseller Friday Nights. She was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to literature.
“Something we see all too rarely these days: a genuinely grown-up work of fiction, by, about, and for grown-ups.”—Washington Post
“A rich, mature novel dealing with growth, change, loss, and survival . . . as entertaining as it ought to be enduring.”—Booklist
“Trollope is at her best analyzing the complex strands of DNA that bind families—and sometimes threaten to strangle them.”—People
“Engaging . . . artfully constructed.”—USA Today