While I may hate the term "women's fiction," this is a superb example of how women's lives and women's relationships make for fascinating reading. Higgins writes so well on the close relationship of sisters Jenny and Rachel; the difficult, tangled relationship of both sisters with their mother; what it is like to be a mother (and of triplets! lordy); how the seemingly perfect marriage may be anything but; how difficult it is to let go. The characters are so well written, and the alternating chapters, switching between Jenny and Rachel, keep the story at a wonderful pace. I stayed up late to finish it -- I had to see how each sister's story ended.