I read this book in one go.......on a long haul flight. I bought it knowing that I have loved all Margaret Leroy's books and it was a holiday treat that arrived the day I travelled. Perfect! It was gripping with characters that you can relate to. Sad in parts and made me cry, and just wonderful in others. I loved the garden descriptions and the way she writes so beautifully about children and they way mothers relate with them. I just loved it and recommended it to other travellers who saw me devour it. Can't wait for her next book!