"The wait was worth it. A fantastic second novel in the series, a real page-turner."
Compendium Of The Soul, is the second book of the Compendium Of The Heart Trilogy. It's 1966, and the gullible Pauline, now a mother to Frank's child waits for him to be released from prison, believing fatherhood and a loving family will tame his wicked ways.
Sally and William enter into a life of domestic bliss, and along with Lizzie open a boutique which soon makes its mark on the London fashion scene.
Pauline finds part-time work at a Mayfair night club and falls prey to Claire, its manipulative owner.
Frank uses the club to set about creating one of London's most successful car hire companies. However, his brutality takes on a frightening new dimension. Following more atrocities, he plots a way to get back into Sally's life once again.
David, feeling guilty about being in love with his brother's wife, goes off to fight in the Vietnam war, only to return more damaged than when he had left.
Moving forward into the early eighties, Laura, Sally's eldest daughter and a student nurse in London, becomes friends with the disturbed Tina, unaware she is the daughter of Pauline and Frank.
Jonathan, Sally's son becomes romantically involved with Tina, but tragedy mars their blossoming relationship. David returns to Wales and tries to make a new life for himself as the Dean of Students at Falcondale.
Sally attempts to sell the family home, thinking she might find solace by returning to the university, where she first met her husband back, way back in the sixties.
"This is a massive book, and will go down as one of the all-time greats."