At the age of 16, Willow Forrester discovers she is adopted which throws her life into turmoil. Bitter and resentful that her parents have never told her, Willow is taken on a wonderful journey into the past and into self discovery which enables her to rebuild her broken feelings for her parents and to build upon who she really is.
This haunting story takes Willow back into the 16th century as a connection is made with a Spanish Princess, Isabel de Calverados, whose portrait hangs in Penliss Manor. Isabel, like Willow was adopted by the Tresilian family who had lived at Penliss for generations and as Willow becomes consumed by the need to discover Isabel's story, the more she begins to understand her own feelings as Isabel connects with her through her dreams.
This story touches finely on the thoughts and feelings you have as an adolescent, the connections that you feel you make with something that is unique to you and the reaction of growing up and discovering more about your life. It's quality of presenting the supernatural elements is beautiful and thought provoking, the imagery of the past and present is deep with meaning and the characters vital to Willows story are played out sensitively.
As Willow becomes at peace, her gift for playing the piano grows and as she finally masters Ravels 'Pavane for a Dead Infanta' does she dedicate the song to Isabel, to thank her for connecting with her and helping her to connect with herself and her much loved parents.
Thought evoking, emotionally intelligent, sensitive and gently beautiful.