Three single women in their fifties meet when they join a choir.
Lucy, recently widowed, is a cook and food journalist; Joanna, a successful business woman, never married; Rebecca is a divorced interior decorator.
Each of the women is at a crossroads and they quickly form a bond. The trio decide to combine their talents to restore a crumbling pile in Cornwall and turn it into a cookery school and spa.
The project brings its own conflicts, both professional and personal.
The novel's themes touch on the sustaining power of female friendship and how a woman copes with mid life and onwards. Prue's narrative voice is warm, witty, wise, very accessible.
Her characters are sympathetic and engaging: very different women but each with demons to face as she gets older and confronts a future without - perhaps - a man in it.
Her knowledge of food and business adds detail and zest, enriching an already compelling tale.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/11/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781849160131