As her third and last child leaves home, Edie Boyd's life falls abruptly and uncomfortably silent. While her husband, Russell, hopes to get his wife's attention back, Edie can only yearn for her lost maternal intimacy. Before long, however, all the children are beset by difficulties and return home, bringing all their problems with them, and Edie has to face the inevitable consequences of getting what you wish for . . . This is the empty nest twenty-first-century style - with grown children coming and going just as parents are getting ready for their second honeymoon. With characteristic grace and humor, Joanna Trollope weaves stories of two generations struggling with love, careers, and parenthood into a riveting family drama.