On the first page of this book Alice Stanhope is told that she has a serious health problem.
She is also the sole parent of a teenage daughter Zoe who suffers from social anxiety disorder.
Zoe has never spent a night away from Alice and their only relative is Alice’s alcoholic brother
The nurse and the social worker assigned to Alice’s case each have their own problems. The nurse, Kate, is desperately battling her infertility and the social worker, Sonja, has an abusive husband.
Sally Hepworth gives us believable characters working to find a way to deal with what life has dealt them. She has written a wonderful testament to a mother’s love and determination summed up by Isadora Duncan’s quotation at the beginning of the book
‘With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood ‘