Top womens writer Susan Sallis has a remarkable insight into human nature and the gift of making her wisdom accessible and entertaining, never more so than in this moving tale. Jessica Tavener was a good child who never challenged the rules and grew up to become a devoted wife and mother - in contrast to her younger sister Jennifer, who has yet to settle down and believes any man, married or not, is fair game. Jessica feels her life is perfect, but as she is to discover her values are more suited to a bygone era than the complexities of family life in the 21st century.
When her father and young husband Matt die within months of each other, she has to cope with her own crushing grief and that of their four-year-old daughter. As she struggles to keep the family business going she meets Jerry, attractive, rich and aggressive, who starts a relationship with her sister. Chance remarks lead Jessica to shocking revelations that show both her father and husband were far from perfect. They left behind secrets that destabilise and very nearly destroy her.
Some of her friends referred to Jessica as Mrs Perfect but as shes drawn into adultery her personal awakening begins, shaking her well-meaning naivety and leading her to a greater understanding of the obstacles to happiness that make up life. Her recovery is assisted by the last person she would have turned to.
Susan Sallis deals with our deepest emotions - grief and the fear of loneliness that can drive us into rash behaviour. And yet this is not a gloomy book, its full of the joy of life, warming our hearts all the more deeply after those dark episodes have been negotiated. (Kirkus UK)