Hope Tantry arrives at cottage in England's pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last years of her life. Ally - one of a group of women who called themselves the Wednesday Sisters - had used the cottage while she worked on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter. Traveling with Hope are friends Anna Page and Julie, first introduced in The Wednesday Sisters, now grown women grappling with issues of a different era.
Tucked away in a hidden drawer, Hope finds a stack of Ally's notebooks, written in a mysterious code. As she, Julie, and Anna Page try to decipher Ally's writings, they are forced to confront their own struggles: Hope's doubts her marriage, Julie feels grief over her twin sister, and Anna Page fears commitment.
"What a rich book! With her cast of fresh, engaging characters and her vivid English Lake District setting, Meg Waite Clayton reveals so much about our most vital human connections: the relationships that infuriate us, challenge us, make us happy, make us whole." (Marisa de los Santos, New York Times best-selling author of Falling Together and Love Walked In)
"A captivating novel about mothers and daughters, lifelong friendships, love affairs, betrayals, and redemption. Clayton transports us to the English Lake District, an area rich in literary history and romance, where her characters' secrets unfold in ways both satisfying and surprising." (J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine)
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The story was very choppy; it was hard to tell who was talking. And it was beyond far-fetched at several points.
When one of the characters stole a puzzle box.