I really enjoyed this book and the writing style of the author. I thought her characters were well developed and believeable, although I did not care for Claire's husband ~ then again ~ I don't think many women would! May be good looking on the inside, but not so good on the inside.
Alternating between the early 1900's and 1960, and the lives of Vivien and Claire, their stories are told. Today psychologists/counselors would have a field day with them! So many issues! But in that time period their repressed opinions, feelings, desires (sexual or otherwise) were the norm, their lifestyles were what they were.
It was not until almost the end of the book that the connection between the two women became known. I thought the author pulled it all together very nicely.
I was troubled by the repression of both women, and how difficult lives must have been back then because of it, but it was a man's world ~ his opinion dominated. But again, it was the norm for that time period.
Thank goodness, as the saying goes, "We've come a long way baby".