This was a different book for Philippa Gregory. Its about England just after WWI-and a different take on that time period. English writers tend to romanticize the time between the World Wars but this book takes a much harder look at the time. One of the main characters is an attorney who is dealing with lots of clients trying to get divorces-couples who married in a hurry before the war and then regretted it afterward, couples who are trying to deal with the husband's shell-shock, as PTSD was known then. The book is about PTSD and the profound effects of war on soliders and their families after returning home. The book also deals with the English "stiff upper lip" and how it is appropriate in some situations but in other situations it can be a profound hinderance-too much stiff upper lip and a person can forget how to express any kind of emotion. It very good read.