The novel covers decades of their lives, from childhood through to becoming strong, successful women. This is going to be a gushing review. Sure, the book will never win the Pulitzer prize. It will never be held up as a literary classic. Hyland writes with a real warmth for her subject matter - her characters jump into life in three dimensional fashion, not one of them without both flaws and virtues. I really cared about the three Melville girls - and I think my favourite was Elizabeth.

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Beautiful and rich, they are envied by all. Smart, ambitious Elizabeth knows how to manipulate every man she meets, except the one who counts: her father. Stunning, spoiled Amber, the party girl with a weakness for bad boys; more fragile than anyone realizes. As each of them seeks to carve out her own destiny, Elizabeth, Caitlin, and Amber face difficult choices, which will take them in wildly different directions.

But as old wounds resurface and threaten to destroy the foundations of the Melville empire, their paths will cross again. Because the simple truth is that, no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the claims of family. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. Must redeem within 90 days. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Forced to leave her small Irish village and everyone that matters to her, Caitlin must move to England and become a part of the Melville family. Discussion Questions Caitlin, Elizabeth, and Amber may share the same father, but they are very different people.

Are there any ways in which they are alike? When Caitlin first comes to Aldringham, Isabelle is incredibly compassionate and accepting of Caitlin in her home. In fact, her children seem much more upset about having Caitlin around than Isabelle does. Why do you think she is able to be so understanding? From the start, Caitlin is not thrilled about becoming a part of the Melville family. Do you think she ever gave them a chance?

What holds her back for so long? Why, when she finally manages to tell him, do you think she is ready? How does this strategy affect Amber and influence her behavior? Would she have been better off staying at home with her mother?

Katie and William seem to have really loved each other, but neither was willing to fight for their relationship. Do you think they gave up on the relationship too quickly? Discuss their possible motivations for allowing each other to get away so easily.

Cole reasons that he only cheated on Elizabeth because she was never around to work on their marriage. Is there ever any excuse for cheating? What pushes him over the edge to becoming someone capable of murder and the betrayal of those who are closest to him?

Do you think he always had that kind of evil inside him? Does the fact that William eventually names Elizabeth as his successor make up for all those years that she was pining for his attention? Can anyone born into such privilege take full credit for their accomplishments? Pick out an article of clothing from an earlier period of time and try to style it for the 21st century.

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