Hester and Harriet lead comfortable lives in a pretty cottage in an English village. Having opened their minds, home and hearts to Daria, a mysterious migrant, and her baby son Milo, the widowed sisters decide to further expand their own horizons by venturing forth to Italy for their annual holiday.
Back in England, Daria and Milo are celebrating – they’ve received official refugee status with papers to confirm they can make England their home. Meanwhile, nephew Ben, who knows only too well how much he owes his aunts, is hurtling towards a different sort of celebration – one he’s trying to backpedal out of as fast as he possibly can.
With a huge secret hanging between the sisters, an unlikely new love on the landscape for Hester and new beginnings also beckoning for Harriet, Italy provides more opportunities for adventure than either of them could ever have imagined. But which ones will Hester and Harriet choose?
As Hester and Harriet throw all their cards on the table in Italy, and potential catastrophe threatens Ben in England, it’s anyone’s guess how chaos will be kept at bay.
"May well be my favourite characters of the year." Newtown Review of Books
"The gentle humour and relaxed pace make this an enjoyable read." The Daily Mail
"This is a lovely book peopled with delightful characters." Amazon Top 100 reviewer
"I whizzed through this as once I had started it was quite difficult to put this down with its comedy drama tale." Amazon Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewer
"Rarely in literature are older women ... presented with such verve and energy. Harriet and Hester are unforgettable characters." Brisbane News