Although the book seemed slow to begin with, whilst the bones of the plot were laid, it soon took off at speed and continued to keep me guessing until the end. Julia has grown up amongst a large Italian family,but there has always been a mystery surrounding her biological father. Six months after her mother dies of cancer,Julie sees a photograph in the paper of a 3 year old orphan staring through the gates of a Russian orphanage. The Girl looks exactly like her. Even her sister agrees that the likeness is uncanny. Julie is suddenly filled with uncertainty, especially when she discovers an authentic Russian doll amongst her mothers possessions, which she feels instinctively belonged to her. In a bid to find out her true identity she enlists the help of Alex Manning, who is the son of the Photographer who took the little girls photo in Moscow during the Cold War. Together they face danger and secrets and an overwhelming attraction to each other. It is full of twists, turns and suprises as well sizzling romance.