Gale weaves a hugely romantic, Austen-esque drama: coincidences, family deceptions, tragedies and affairs abound. The inevitable happy ending is, however, bittersweet. As ever the high points lie with his acutely observed characters: the central characters are wracked by uncertainty or insecurities and buffeted by the whimsy of fate, the supporting cast bolster them with often post-modern sureness… Another fine example of Patrick Gale’s craft.

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