Author(s): Francesca Segal
'It was more than possession, more than union, more than love. It was absolute confidence. It was certainty, and a promise of certainty always'. Adam and Rachel, childhood sweethearts, are getting married at last. Rachel is everything Adam has ever imagined in a wife and her parents adore him. A life of easy contentment awaits, at the heart of the community. But then Rachel's reckless American cousin returns to the family fold. Ellie represents everything that Adam has striven to avoid - and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many.
A witty and utterly enjoyable debut - a very modern love story which tells the age-old tale of love, temptation, confusion, commitment, and coming to terms with the choices we've made
The daughter of a novelist and an editor, Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980. Brought up in the UK and America, she studied at Oxford and Harvard universities before becoming a journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in Granta, the Guardian, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph, FT Magazine and the JC, amongst others. For three years she wrote the Debut Fiction Column in the Observer and she has been a Features Writer at Tatler.