What a lovely book this is, a story of the power of family, of healing, of forgiveness and love. Lara is an Australian girl, who at the beginning of the novel has fled to Rome from something that is unclear - is it a loss of love, of independence, of happiness? When she spots a frail elderly man seemingly abandoned at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, she feels she must step in and offer assistance, in spite of her newly arrived status. She all but bullies in to letting her help him, and from there travels to his home in Tuscany, where very different experiences await. her
I enjoy all of Josephine Moon's books, but I think this is her most touching. The reader can pretty much guess what will happen, but interestingly not WHY things are happening and there are plenty of twists and turns before the satisfying ending. What has happened to Lara in her past is slowly and cleverly teased out, and you are cheering for the power of resilience and perseverance. I cried at the end, good tears, I think it is a great book that makes you laugh or cry.