I really wanted to like this book, but this was such a chore to get through. One of the problems was that the chapters read like vignettes, especially in the beginning of the novel. This short snippets of the lives of the two main protagonists, Emerence and Magda, are supposed to give a glimpse of their developing friendship, but I´m afraid to say that it left me absolutely cold. And once the story starts to come together, I felt completely indifferent towards the perils of the characters. And then I was glad that I was done with this book.
Book themes for Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day: Read anything where the main character has servants (paid servants count, NOT unpaid) or is working as a servant him-/ herself.
Emerence is the Magda´s housekeeper, so she is a paid servant.