I finished this book several days ago, and thought it was excellent - very well written. The story begins in 1935, when 13-year-old Briony Tallis sees a flirtation between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony is too young to understand what it all means, so when her 15-year-old cousin Lola is assaulted, Briony convinces herself and everyone else (except for Cecilia) that the attacker was Robbie. The book follows the story into WWII and to the close of the twentieth century. I rate it 5 out of 5.
I started another book when I finished Atonement - The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. The only reason I started it was that it was the current month's selection of my online book club (Bookworms Reading Group, a Yahoo group) . I wasn't really all that interested in it, but thought I'd try it. I didn't like it well enough to finish it - although I must admit that I didn't give it much of a chance. I usually read more of a book than I read of this before giving up on it, but I hadn't chosen this book myself. I'm sure that a lot of people would really like it - it just wasn't the sort of book I like myself.