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Ms. Cross' exceptional insights into human nature continues in this novel. She has a way of "turning a phrase" in a concise and cogent manner. The plot is interesting, but it is her main character, Kate Fansler, whose understanding of human interaction and motivation makes this such an enjoyable book. One note to potential readers, I have a hardcopy version of the 1989 edition. My copy, less than 20 years old, already appears to be turning brown at the edges, thus if you are planning to purchase this title you may want to consider the paperback edition.