Gaskin previously write this 30 years before under the title This Other Eden, she has referred to 'This Other Eden' as the Skeleton of this book.
Ive noticed that in the first books that Gaskin wrote the characters were not always very likable, in her later books shes developed the characters more and in this book she's went into far more detail than she did previously with 'This other Eden'.
This story starts out where we meet Russian Anna and her daughter Nicole living in America. Anna wants everything she never had for her daughter and Nicole does everything she can to make Anna proud of her. When Nicole's English grandfather die's his will changes Anna and Nicole's live for ever.
The story goes through Nicole's whole life and how she survived during world war 2. I enjoyed this.