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Lily opened her arms as Katie climbed into bed beside her. Hugging her, she wondered why life wasn't the way they had imagined it would be when they were growing up. Then it had seemed so simple. All a girl had to do was meet the right man - preferably in a ballroom - fall in love and, after an idyllic courtship, marry him and make a perfect home for him to come home to every night. Eventually they'd have one or two children and live happily ever after. She was certain it had never crossed any of their minds that the man might already have a wife and be twenty years older. Or that one of them would have a miscarriage and be separated from her husband by National Service, or the man could live too far away to iron out any misunderstandings.
And her? Should she settle for Joe because he loved her, even if she could never love him back the way she loved Martin, who didn't seem to want her the way she did him? Was it possible to grow to love someone after marriage? Or perhaps more important, forget someone else?