“I couldn’t see anything wrong with being in love with a movie star.”

A captivating tale of music, food and love, set in the glamorous “La Dolce Vita” era of 1950s Rome.

Serafina is a young woman growing up in a tiny apartment in Trastevere. She passes her days busking for coins in the street with her sisters; spending the money on tickets for movies featuring her idol Mario Lanza.

And then the famous singer comes to Rome and a new world opens up. Fame, parties, wealth – she draws close to it all.

Almost everything familiar in Serafina’s life begins to change. When she falls in love with two difficult men, she experiences joy and heartbreak, facing difficult choices that threaten her own future.

“I loved this book so much I could hardly wait to get to the computer to type its praises…This book has inside-track glamour in spades and all the colour of La Dolce Vita-period Rome…An original subject and beautifully handled. Brava Nicky.”

– Wendy Holden, Daily Mail