Kate Maxwell is at a crossroad. Bright, beautiful and loving, she is the fixed centre of her family circle, a circle dominated by her selfish husband Peter. When Kate's much loved mother-in-law dies and unexpectedly leaves her not only the means for escape, but also strict instructions to carry it through, Kate is in turmoil.
Barb's gift to Kate is more than just financial. Clear-sighted, forthright and compassionate, the older woman is determined to pass on to her own hard-won understanding of the importance of living your own life. As Kate sets out to fulfil Barb's eccentric bequest she realises that it represents her first real chance at happiness - but will she have the courage to seize it with both hands?
In this heart-warming and dramatic story of one woman's search for freedom, Margaret Graham proves herself every bit as compelling as story-teller as Maeve Binchy.