Living a quiet life Alice and her daughter Zoe seem to be dependant on each other. Zoe has social anxiety problems and Alice is fiercely protective of her. Unexpectedly facing critical illness Alice knows her days are numbered and she has to find solace and protection for Zoe who is going to be alone and ill equipped to face a world alone.
Leaning on two women who are practically strangers, one a nurse and one a social worker she tries to form a protective web for Zoe once she is gone. With no father figure and never having mentioned him, Zoe has no idea of who he is. Now Alice has to prepare Zoe for a time when she will be alone.
The story of families is one which the author seems to have a special knack for. Emotional, tense and uplifting the story is one of both betrayal, forgiveness and love.
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