Grace, Florence and Clarissa are three women who have been friends for a long time, supporting one another through success, heartache and happiness. But it hasn't always been that way. When Grace first marries into the wealthy world of the Bennett family, her sister-in-law, Florence and family friend, Clarissa, do their best to make her feel an outsider. Then the Second World War sets the world alight, and each of the women has to fight hard to keep her own, shattering secret from the others. There are bigger things to survive than a stifling marriage or illicit desire and besides, they need one another now. Spanning fifty years, FORBIDDEN PLACES is an engrossing depiction of friendship, secrets and the difficult decisions that women sometimes have to make in a changing world.