This story starts with brave young Ida Gaze planning to swim the Bristol Channel. At this time, 1929, girls of 16, the age of Ida and her friend Freda, were expected to take meaningless jobs while looking for suitable husbands.
Later, after Freda and Ida move to London other relationships become important and a baby being born becomes the biggest secret of all.
I enjoyed parts of this book but I also found other parts boring. Cici’ s voice in part one sounded far from authentic, not helped by the story jumping backwards and forwards and trying too hard to add period information. Part two when she was revealing the secrets was easier reading. That said the premise of this book is a great one, it just needed more polish.