'She can be as subtle as Austen, as shape as Brontë. Trollope's brilliant' Mail on Sunday
For eight-year-old Rufus, life has become complicated. His parents, Josie and Tom, have divorced and are setting off on separate paths. But now, other people have had to become involved - like his mother's new husband Matthew and his father's new friend Elizabeth. What's even worse is that there are the other children too - Matthew's three teenagers, who have been conditioned by their mother Nadine to hate his mother Josie.
Matthew's children come to their father for weekends and make it clear how much they loathe their new stepmother. Rufus secretly prefers to be with his father, in his peaceful flat in Bath, where he realizes that he doesn't actually hate the idea of a stepmother if she is like Elizabeth, sane and friendly and welcoming. But where other people's children are concerned, neat solutions seldom occur...
'A gripping read - as shrewdly observant of psychological and domestic detail as anything she has written' Daily Telegraph
'Trollope has shown herself capable of such emotional depth, that although you turn the pages quickly, it is with trembling fingers' The Timesshow more