“When this died away on the summer air, she walked on, between kaleidoscopic peonies massed in pink clouds, black and brown tulips and fragile mauve-stemmed roses, transparent like sugar flowers in a confectioner’s window”
However this theme of romance is soon clouded by tragedy. As more is revealed the reader is sucked in, waiting to see how the characters will deal with the situations and what the sub sequential outcomes will be.
This novel is filled with main characters, who are interesting and unique. Fitzgerald creates great depth for each character, building it up slowly throughout the novel.
Broken up into three books, the first could be seen as set in the present whilst two goes back in time to add more background to the characters. Book two then comes back up to date with the present and carries on the narrative from where it left off in book one. The jump back in time, at the beginning of book two, not only adds depth to Fitzgerald’s characters but also creates a small cliff-hanger, meaning as a reader you are hooked to the book, waiting for the outcomes of situations previously revealed.