Kate’s mother dies leaving her lost and alone, until her grandmother reveals an old secret. Kate travels around the world to try to uncover the mystery. She first writes a letter to Tom Stafford inquiring about a portrait she has received from her grandmother. He is intrigued by her questions and knowledge of the painting and invites her to Corsica.
Thus through the girl’s letter the past called on me, staked its claim once more upon me and the lure of revisiting that time – both the good and the bad of it – was, in the end, irresistible.
Here begins the love story between Tom and Alice that takes the reader to Europe, alternating between the 1930’s and present day. In learning about the lives of Thomas and Alice, Kate discovers much about herself.
This love story is transcendent. The writing is descriptive and creative, the characters are well developed, interesting and relatable and the locations the story takes the reader are stunning and fabulous.
This book is a must read for book clubs. There is so much to talk about, from the choices some of the characters make, to the love that truly goes beyond measure between Tom and Alice, and the love that awakens between Oliver and Kate. Lucy Foley is a remarkable storyteller and has woven a beautiful tale that I will not soon forget.
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