There's nothing like a crisis for pulling a family together and apart simultaneously. And if you were Lomond Friel, I bet you wouldn't know which option is best. Sue Peebles's portrait of the Friel family is a delicious treat to be savoured, especially if you know what it is like to cope with a relative with a serious illness. This book is compassionate and rings so true.
When she reached the shop she closed the door behind her by facing inwards and leaning her back against it, letting her head rest on the central wooden panel for a minute. This wasn't the first time she had fled to her sanctuary of freewheeling corset rails and a precisely ordered stock room full of neatly boxed bras.