Bett Quinlan is living in London, estranged from her sisters Anna and Carrie, who are back in their native Australia. When Bett reluctantly decides to travel back to Australia for their grandmother Lola's 80th birthday, she is most unwilling to encounter Carrie, who married Bett's former fiancé, Matthew.

But when the three sisters gather at their family's hotel, Lola reveals a family secret she has harbored for years. And when Anna deals with a life-threatening illness, her sisters unite to support her in her time of need.

Emotional and deeply moving, McInerney's novel details the realistic heartaches experienced by the Quinlan sisters. The characters are thoroughly believable as their close relationships become fractured through difficult experiences. Only when they are faced with Anna's tragic illness can the women come together again. With its stunning, heartfelt conclusion, this novel will quickly become a favorite with fans of women's fiction. (May, 432 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick