Say these words quickly: London, female, Barcelona, male admirers, abortion, jealousy, love, lust, murder, anti-Semitism, Spanish Civil War, alcoholism. This shows you precisely the fast pace and content of the story. The main female character, Meredith, certainly leads a gin-soaked, eventful life with her entourage of male admirers, all of whom wish to become the 'Mr Meredith' of her life. By the end of the story, she may get what she wants. It's not a rags-to-riches story, but one of determination and genuine love at first sight.