Caroline Blake longs for a night under a cloud-free sky with the telescope of her dreams. Busy, happily single, and passionate about her hobby, her life is as ordered as the science classes she teaches. Lizzy Carter is living the life she'd longed for. With a lively young family, an adoring husband, good friends, and almost enough money, she appears to have it all. Antonia Clarke is a divorcee with a teenage daughter, an ailing car, an obstinate mother and a lodger she needs to placate. She longs for twenty-four uneventful hours - but the gods have other plans. When the engaging Tom Grainger moves into each of the women's lives, things start to change. Three women whose paths have already crossed, find their fates are about to collide.
Linda Taylor worked for the Civil Service in London and Angola, and as a vice-consul in Sri Lanka before teaching in Japan. On her return, she read English at Oxford. When her first novel, Reading Between the Lines, was published in 1998 it immediately became a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller; her second novel, Going Against the Grain, was published in 1999 to great acclaim, followed by Beating About the Bush, Rising to the Occasion and, most recently, Shooting at the Stars. She lives in Kent.