Jenny Tanner opens the box she has cherished for decades. Contained within are her most precious mementoes, amongst them a pebble, a carving and a newspaper cutting she can hardly bear to read. But Jenny knows the time is finally here. After the war, in a mountainside village in Italy, she left behind a piece of her heart. However painful, she must return to Cinque Alberi. And lay the past to rest.
After a troubled upbringing, Candice Barnes dreams of a future with the love of her life – but is he the man she believes him to be? When Candice is given the opportunity to travel to Italy with Jenny, she is unaware the trip will open her eyes to the truth she’s been too afraid to face. Could a place of goodbyes help her make a brave new beginning?
My thoughts: this was a lovely, sweet and moving book about reconciling with your past and memories. Jenny is 100 and knows that time is short, she has a lot she wants to resolve. With the help of Candice, a carer at the retirement home she lives in, she plans to travel to the Italian village she once lived in to say goodbye.
Candice is in a horrid relationship with a terrible, spoilt, manipulative man who needs a good slap. She can’t see the wood for the trees and Jenny is trying to encourage her to set herself free and be happy.
Jenny has a lot of regrets, the way she left her little brother, the deaths of her in-laws and a little girl called Eva. But in travelling to Italy and telling Candice her story, she is able to set some things right and learn some truths hidden from her for 75 years.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.