Three generations of women suffer the loss of their mothers while still children. The story focuses on the love that exists between mother and child, identity, and birthright. The magic of childhood runs through this story. The fairy tales written by "the authoress" are charming touches. They epitomize the grief and loneliness the characters experience and provide clues to the mystery, if you have your wits about you. The story is beautifully told, but a bit too long in my opinion. I even incurred a rare fine because I couldn't finish the story in time and I couldn't renew due to holds. Oh well. It was an entertaining read.