Book: Natural Allies by Elizabeth Housdencategories: Book, Women's Fiction, Family Saga, Mystery, Suspense, Modern Romance Novel, Drama, Realistic Fiction, Murder, Literary Fiction
Elizabeth Housdenabout this book: Five girls leave school in the fifties, close friends since the day they met six years before, their very different lives ahead of them. A day in August during a picnic on the beach they make a pact - to keep in touch over the years, to help, support and share everything the world throws at them. We have feisty, straight-forward Meg, over-worked, Catholic Marcia, sweet, gentle Julia, anxious, snobbish Sylvia and clever Fenella, a young woman with very up and coming morals and heading for Oxford. Over the next couple of years four of them meet the man they will marry. There is Simon, handsome, privileged, heir to a title and head of the most elegant department store on the South Coast, Joey, a small time crook in need of an alibi, Robert, a university lecturer and war-time naval officer and Sebastian, charismatic ex Battle of Britain pilot and blossoming artist. And there are a string of others. Which girl marries which man?
Through marriage, childbirth, death of close relatives, infidelity, they support and help one another. But one breaks ranks. One changes the dynamics for all time and from then on each and every one has a secret. The ramifications of this have untold moments of fear and desperation as the years go by, even, as is said, unto the next generation. But remember, woman is woman's natural ally. Even unto death...
Which one of these true and loyal friends was it who killed sweet, loving, Julia? And even more strangely, why?
Inspiration for stories comes from many sources. This one came to me from the chance remark of a friend. She told me she had spent lunch with a group of friends from her school days. They met up a few times a year for old times' sake and, as they had while young, see each other through the trials and joys of life. In that moment I knew I had my next book and I went home and began to write it.
This novel is a saga, spanning two generations and sixty odd years. Life has changed much over those years for all of us and so it does in this story, starting with the careful sharing of a just-out-of-rationing Mars bar on the beach to the mobile communications and new morals of today.
Only not many of us kill one of our best friends...
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