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Cassandra and Kate are best friends at school together and their friendship endures throughout the years to come. The blonde and beautiful Cassandra marries Tom Wivenhoe, while the more serious, fiercely loyal Kate marries Mark Webster. Both men work on submarine bases, and they all make their homes near a submarine base on the south coast of England. Among their closest naval friends are Mark and Felicity Mainwaring, the bachelor George Lampeter who has a brief and unhappy affair with Felicity, and Ralph and Harriet Masters.
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Cassandra's marriage seems serene enough and she has four children, Charlotte, Oliver, Saul and Gemma. Kate has twins, Guy and Giles, but her marriage breaks down after her husband's mental cruelty. Meanwhile Cassandra becomes restless and has one affair after another, and one of them, with lawyer Nicholas Farley, has tragic consequences involving her eldest daughter Charlotte, who is horrified to discover the extent of her mother's infidelity.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage/relationship going to pieces Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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