I didn't finish this book completely - only about half of it. The idea of keeping her dead husband overnight in her bed wihtout reporting the death, disgusted me. I am a widow of a man who died at home unexpectedly. The disjointed reliving of the life of Nina and Philip doesn't give a story that is interesting to follow and the interspersed French phrases which are not translated do nothing to help me become interested. Perhaps if I understood French and was not so put off by the mental picture of Philip lying dead beside her, I might have been more willing to finish the book.