This is the quintessential women's fiction novel. Lambert explores three generations of women in a mesmerizing study about how their past secrets affect their relationships with one another and their loved ones. The novel's emotional highs and lows will draw the reader in and never let go.

Several months after her mother Vera's death, Susie learns some intriguing secrets about her family's past -- secrets that will shape the person she is now and the person she is yet to become.

Vera grew up in the shadow of the '60s and predictably engaged in the collegiate rebellion of her generation. Yet the concept of free love didn't appeal to her ideals in her marriage to Gregor, whom she left after Susie's younger brother was born.

Vera's mother, Helene, left Austria for England during World War II, married a very proper Englishman and converted from Judaism to Catholicism to please him. Yet Helene has a hidden past -- a past that will shake Susie's belief that she knows everything about her extended family. (Berkley, Jan., 352 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick