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Flo struggles to raise her son Tom in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Being on her own, Tom is the most important person in Flo’s life. When she loses him during World War Two, she doesn’t know how she will be able to continue her life without him. At the end of the war, when everyone must pick up the pieces of their former lives, Flo keeps Tom close to her and begins to find out things about his life that even she was not aware of. Her friends find her actions obsessive and worry about her health. There is a lot to like about this book. There are many vignettes told through the eyes of Tom and his mother. They are well described, and it is easy to remember or imagine, depending on your age, the world as it was then. The novel passes through decades at quite a pace and I thought that, at times, it was almost too fast, particularly in the second half of the book. I enjoyed discovering information about these characters and how Flo really begins to discover more about the son she thought she knew so well. Was Flo obsessive or was it Tom’s job to guide her through her loneliness? Lynn Johnson, A LoveReading Ambassador