Peach is 19, and is looking after her sister while her parents are overseas, is nursing a broken heart and has just started a summer job at a cafe at the Abbotsford Convent.
As the summer progresses, Peach (short for Perpetua) learns more about who she is, and uncovers secrets about her birth mother and her family. The stories of four generations are told, all of which are centred around the Abbotsford Convent. It is a place of sanctuary, a home for wards of the state and a jail for fallen girls forced to work in terrible conditions while pregnant.
It’s a book aimed at young adults, but its setting and its story spanning generation offers something for people of all ages. It’s what makes Maureen McCarthy such a good writer.