I enjoyed this one and am glad I took a chance on it. Fair warning, you will cry while reading this book.
We follow three characters, a young girl named Skye, a woman in a terrible marriage, named Stella, and a woman who can't leave her home, named Rea.
Rea and Stella are neighbors and we find out that Rea realizes exactly what kind of marriage Stella has right now. When the two women finally meet and become friends the book works much better. Thankfully the author, only keeps the women solo at the first little part of the book before merging them. You are going to wonder who Skye is and what she has to do with things, I guessed, and was wrong. And then I guessed again, and was right. I was shocked at Skye's story though. Harrington takes on some very tough subjects in this one and I think she did them very well.
I did think though that Rea's issue was a bit too readily resolved. I loved the outcome of Stella's though. We have some additional characters in this one and they all get a chance to shine.
Unlike with other books taking place in Ireland, this one really is just focused on three homes. We don't get a sense of Ireland in this one. This could be every women's story, which I liked.
The writing was very good and you get a sense of three distinct voices while reading this. You get headers for each chapter though that let you know who is speaking. But after a few chapters, I didn't need those at all.
The men are not that important in this one, the women really are and we get to see how past and present link up between these women and families.
The flow worked great, though I found myself most eager to read Skye's story and wanted to rush to get back to her again and again. I even had to go back and read this book twice, since in my hurry sometimes, I skipped over a few things about the other characters.
The setting of this book really is a small neighborhood in Ireland, as well as another country. I won't say which, cause that will spoil you to other plots in this book.
The ending I found lovely, though I wanted more. It was way too short an epilogue for me.