Where do I even begin with this book. It was captivating, thought provoking, emotion tugging beauty filled with dimensional characters that will have you laughing, crying, and wondering what will happen next. The book goes back and forth from past to present so that you may get an idea of things that are taking place that are relevant to this beautiful story. It is set in 1960's London for the most part and then 1940's Italy. The author really caught the sentiment and setting of the Italian landscape and at times will have you wishing you were there to see it all. Full of mystery and suspense this book is sure to have you going from page to page and beginning to end without stopping.
First time I have read this author and I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely read her other books.
Exotically beautiful adn desperately unhaopy, lba lives on a houseboat on the Thames, where she enjoys a life of liesure and entertains an unfulfilling succession of lovers. then she discovers a portrait of her dead mother, Valentina. Determined to learn the truth about Valentina, Alba returns to the olive groves of the Amalfi coast of Italy. Albs's journey leads her not only to the trutyh about her mothers hidden past but to the possibility of happiness in her own future.
A woman named Alba, who lives in London on houseboat on the Thames and discovers a portrait of her dead mother-Valentina- a woman she hardly knew and she wants to learn the truth about her mother and travels to Italy to find out more about her mother's past.