This was a delightful story set in Malta in part and in England. Judith has established herself in Malta for the last four years.
She has found love with Giorgio and although there are drawbacks (he will not publicly acknowledge her in keeping with the customs
of his family despite being separated from his wife for fourteen years) Judith is undoubtedly happy. She has a stake in her
uncle's business, she has made investments with Giorgio's travel company and she finds the climate, the general joie de vivre of
Malta bright and cheerful and uplifting.
When Giorgio dies suddenly, she is bereft especially when she realises how alone she has become and she now decides to return home
to England. This was not a success. Her sister is set in her ways, seems to have plenty of issues in her own marriage and then
Judith is told that her investment with Giorgio's company is a write off so she seeks part time employment as well as tries to get
her house back which she gave on rent.
The solitude she craves for to grieve in private is not to be with everyone from her sister with her troubles, to her step son and
then her ex husband weighing heavily on her mentally. Judith knows for her own sanity she has to get rid of them all if she is to
come out of her period of mourning in one piece and sane!
The ups and downs of family life, helping one another in crisis, the chauvinistic attitudes of some males which never seem to change
and Judith's own fighting spirit of survival is well shown in this delightful novel. The romance also helps!
Sent by Avon Books UK for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.