“Villa Rosa was so beautiful, I laughed when I saw it.”

This is the story of two women – one at the beginning of her life, one nearing the end. Alice is in London, working in the kitchen of a top restaurant and determined to live life fast and to the full. Babetta is living in a lonely house in southern Italy and trying to hang on to the quiet life she has made for herself.

When the two women meet one summer life changes for both of them. This is a novel about what we run from, and the places that make us stop and consider. Drenched in sunshine, it’s about friendship and growing up, food and love.

“A slice of pure sunshine.”

– Good Housekeeping

“A novel about learning to live again. It also made me very hungry.”

– JoJo Moyes, author of Me Before You

“An amazing book…it’s a wonderful and enchanting read…one of those books you want to read and reread. It’s endearing, entertaining and inspiring.”

– novelicious.com

“The author delivers not only on every sensory front – combining her love and knowledge of food with her passion for the Italian coast – but also with her energetic writing, layering every character with shades of darkness and believable charisma.”

– Australian Woman’s Weekly