When Ella offers to look after a stranger's cat, she is not expecting her life to change... At 35, Ella is no longer excited by her academic career in France, and has not found love. Following the unexpected death of her father, she is thrown into crisis, but then she meets the enigmatic Max. Over the course of a summer, their romance deepens - until she makes a discovery which throws everything off course. As Ella's life becomes bound up with the stories of two other Englishwomen in France, she finds the freedom to tread an unconventional path, and to love in her own way. This is a book about the need to revisit and make sense of the past in order to move into the future. It is a rich and complex work examining the effects on children of parents whose own relationship is fraught and painful; the fragility of identity; and a 21st century love story about trust and strangeness, about love as healing. As Liz Jensen says, 'In graceful prose it speaks of love engendered, lost, mourned and renewed.' Extraordinary writing and surprising and thought-provoking.