'In spite of himself, it was Honor he chose. It was Honor they all chose: always Honor, always first...and the thought gave her no joy. With other men it hadn't mattered, because Evie hadn't cared. But this man was different. This was someone Evie actually liked, and her happiness lay like a butterfly in the palm of Honor's hand - was, perhaps, already damaged, simply by her presence. What had just happened was as damning as if Matthew had passed Honor a love note, and she'd accepted it. Already she was guilty.' Honor and Evie: cousins, best friends, and yet so very different. Honor is intelligent and popular - good fortune seems to fall into her lap. But life for her cousin Evie is harder. Evie doesn't have Honor's material advantages or her easy ability with people, and she's got too much spirit to fit the traditional mould. Honor adores Evie for her unpredictability, her honesty, her naughty sense of humour and the whirl of drama that she carries with her, although others find Evie prickly and impatient. And Evie loves Honor for her calm, her loyalty and absolute moral integrity, although some might find her a little predictable, a bit dull...As the friends go to university, start careers and fall in and out of love, there will be hard lessons for both of them as Evie must learn not always to see the worst in people, while Honor starts to discover the less comfortable aspects of only seeing the best.
Susannah Bates was born in Suffolk in 1970. She practised law in the City until she gave up to become a full-time writer. She is also the author of Charmed Lives and All about Laura and lives in London.