I found this book fascinating as it is like reading someone's diary. The protaganist is fulfilling those imaginings we have all fantasised about - emmigrating to a better life, temptation and having an affair, starting a new life in different ways, leaving a long marriage and yet maintaing the ideal of being a perfect mother...
The themes of middle age, duty versus fulfillment, longing and spirituality are explored candidly and it is easy to identify with the author.
The medium of emails works well and is an illustration of the way online communicating can,rightly or wrongly, make the impossible, possible.
The frame story gives a beautiful reflection of the main text and hints of what is to come. The novel is altogether worth a read and there is more to it than meets the eye. I found it absorbing and thought provoking and recommend it as I have read no other book like it.
by Tamsin Holroyd