A big shabby Victorian suburban house, the smell of raincoats and coq au vin in the hall, the six mugs for the children slung from the kitchen dresser hooks: for destructive Paul, difficult Gina, elegant Sandra, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare, Allersmead was the perfect place to grow up. But was it?
Now grown-up and off in different directions, one by one the children return to Allersmead, to their home-making mother and aloof writer father and a house that for years has played silent witness to the secrets of a family, and one particular secret of which no one speaks.
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What is this about?
A proper storyline.
Written a story with a plot in the past tense!
All of it.
I have read and enjoyed other books by Penelope Lively but what was she thinking when she wrote this? It is utter drivel, written in the present tense, it is just a series of thoughts running on and one could believe that it had been written by a child. She must have been playing on her past successes as this book is nonsense from the word go. There is no story line. I couldn't finish it. Awful.