I was very keen to read this book, as I was so impressed with 'The Faces of Angels'. I also read her first novel 'Nightspinners', as a result. Each book has been very different, so she is versatile in her approach to writing. However, this being the third book of hers that I have read, it was not to my mind as good. She has obviously done a great deal of research, and she does write well, but I did not feel the same enthusiasm for this book. I think that I had pretty well worked out what needed to be worked out quite early on. On the strength of this book I would not run out to buy her others which would be a shame because as I said earlier, 'The Faces of Angels' was superb. I do like the way she writes about Italy, and it was, as with all books about wars, extremely sobering to read about how it was in Italy during the Second World War. There are two stories running alongside each other, the past and the present, and I think that her portrayal of Caterina and Issy and their family was very moving. Perhaps had I not read the other books, I would be more inclined to give 4 stars.