Following the unexpected death of her friend, Miss Garnett starts a new life in Venice - at an age when most would be settled and unchangable. She is transformed by the beauty of her new surroundings, and sheds the inhibiting skin of her old life. It is wonderful to read a story centred around someone over retirement age, that is not bleak, but life affirming. The story has a number of unexpected turns, with several finely drawn characters, and a depth of history founded on the Book of Tobit. Only one character - Toby - diappoints, with unconvincing description and dialogue. This book is worth reading more than once, and would be a wonderful choice for taking on holiday to Venice.