This is a wholly delightful story. At the beginning, Patricia is rather anxiously preparing her carefully restored castello in Italy for a writers course, hoping to bring in enough money to keep the castle going; it is very beautiful but expensive to maintain. She despairs over her finances, and her teenage son, Matteo.
Soon the guests arrive, and we learn all about their writing ambitions, their lives, and their insecurities. As the course continues, they start to gel as a group, and we , the readers, start to care about their lives, and what will happen to them when the course finishes. The Italian background, with the idyllic scenery, and the delicious food, is ever present, and there is a suspenseful denoument, as the course reaches it's climax. The characters are well drawn, and above all it is very funny; I laughed out loud several times as I read it. Highly recommended to all lovers of literature and Italy.