The fact Morgan has stepped into more serious women’s fiction is evident in this novel. It isn’t just a feel good story for Christmas, it’s emotional, deep and meaningful. The author explores the relationships between siblings, as children and as adults, and the family structure. In this case there is also the question of what constitutes being a mother or father.
You don’t need to give birth to a child to be a parent to one. Biology is only the basis for our genetic markers, the major input when it comes to nurture, as opposed to nature, is what parenting or caregivers give us as we grow from infancy to adulthood. Stewart and Suzanne shape the girls for the majority of their lives, despite having spent their early years with their birth parents.
The death of their parents has left them all traumatised and Suzanne is suffering from what is probably PTSD. Posy, Hannah and Beth all deal with the past in their own ways. Beth is overprotective, Hannah keeps herself emotionally distant from everyone, and Posy believes she has to make other people happy first before herself.
This story is about these women, these sisters finding themselves, understanding the influence their past has had on them and learning to move forward. It’s about the fragile and tenacious relationships between siblings. Love, jealousy, misconceptions and not understanding the adult the child has grown into.
It’s funny, emotional and heart-warming. It’s quite simply Morgan at her best, which guarantees an excellent read.
Read How to Keep a Secret, Holiday in the Hamptons, New York Actually (From Manhattan with Love #4), Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan With Love #3), Sunset in Central Park (From Manhattan with Love #2), Sleepless in Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love #1), Christmas Ever After, First Time in Forever, Maybe This Christmas, Sleighbells in the Snow, Suddenly Last Summer or The Notting Hill Diaries, all by Sarah Morgan.