I read the first few chapters of this online and bought the book on the strength of that and couldn't put it down. Olivia returns to her hometown for the funeral of her beloved husband Luca and straight away you realise that something has gone badly wrong in the past because his family make it clear she is not welcome. To make things worse, Olivia and Luca's brother Marc begin an affair to help each other through the weeks after Luca's death - each reminds the other of Luca, and although you understand how this happened, you know it's bound to end in disaster.
Over the course of the book, the story of Olivia and Luca's relationship is told, and the strength of their love is made clear, and it becomes painfully obvious why Luca's family will never allow her in to their inner circle. Events spiral, there's a cruel twist and Olivia is pushed so far that she finally accepts that she has to let go.
The characters in this book all have their faults, and this makes them real. I empathised with Olivia who is engaging but far from perfect - the descriptions of her as a difficult teenager are brilliant. It's beautifully written but also very easy to read and the emotions are powerfully described. The ending gives some hope for the future although the last three chapters made me cry my eyes out. Like Olivia, I am now more than a little in love with Luca, I can't get him out of my mind.