Oberman's novel is the first U.S. release by this British author. An ambitious effort, it follows Cassie Fleming, an American art student, and her friends from their meeting in Paris in 1938 through their experiences in World War II and their adult lives. Cassie marries and lives in London, where her son Tom is born. Their stormy relationship is explored in detail and forms the central conflict of the plot. A few passages descend into romance novel cliches, but they are not frequent. Oberman creates some strong characters and believable situations, and her book is an enjoyable family saga.-- Gwen Gregory, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.