This is an older book than I generally read, as I'm reading it in 2015, but it was published in 1998, so the style of writing is a bit looser. It took me a while to get into this novel. I usually only give a book 30 pages, but decided I'd give it up to 100. There are 702 pages in this edition. I'm so glad I stuck with it, as I enjoyed it immensely.
Pretense is quite a complex story--not exactly a family saga, since it only covers 2 generations, but a story of family relationships, especially the relationship of two sisters. It is also a story of friendship, romance, and personal growth. The book begins in 1976 and goes through the early 1990's. I would say this is an unusual and compelling story. The spiritual thread takes center stage throughout this book, so if you prefer not to delve deeply into spiritual growth, I doubt that you would enjoy this book.
I am only giving this book 4 stars, because it was hard to get into, but otherwise, I loved it and will long remember the characters and their story.
You will love this story about two sisters who are so very close. It was so absorbing that I felt I was emotionally involved, I cried and rejoyced along with them.