Sunday, September 25, 2022



Italy, 1946, Estee and Felix were childhood sweethearts and they always knew they would spend the rest of their lives together.  When Estee is offered the opportunity of a lifetime to move to the big city and be a dancer.  While the move would allow her to provide for her family, it would also make a better life for herself.  Many years later Felix, who is engaged to the daughter of a prominent family, finds Estee. Felix is willing to give everything up to finally be with Estee, the love of his life.  London, present day, Lily is grieving the loss of her father, and at the same time trying to find out everything she can about her past.  Lily is desperate to find answers to her questions and she accepts a job at an Italian vineyard and meets the owner’s son, Antonio.  Lily and Antonio's friendship develops, he tells Lily that he will help her to uncover everything he can about her past.

Wow, I truly loved this story.  It quickly captivated me and I absolutely loved the characters.  The dual time line was excellent and took the story to a whole nother level.  I felt pulled into the story at the very beginning and couldn’t put the book down until I was finished.  This book has all the feels, it left me heartbroken and tearful many times throughout the story.  I was invested in the characters and cared about what happened to them.  The detailed description of the lovely Italian vineyard was heartwarming.  The family drama and romance made this historical fiction an absolute must read.  I loved everything about this story.

Thank you Soraya Lane for such a wonderfully written story.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I absolutely recommend it.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Soraya Lane
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: September 23, 2022 
Pages: 305 
Buy on Amazon 

Italy, 1946. “Estee, I bought this ring years ago and have kept it safe ever since. You’re the only woman I’ve ever loved.” She reached for Felix’s hand and gently closed it over the box. “No,” she whispered. “I want you to propose only when you’re truly free.”

Estee always believed that she would spend her life with her childhood sweetheart Felix. But when her incredible gift for dance gave her the opportunity to move to a big city and provide for her mother, she knew she had to sacrifice her happiness for her family’s future and a chance at a better life.

But years later, in a city of over a million people, Felix finds Estee. Due to marry the daughter of a prominent family, he is prepared to sacrifice everything to be with the love of his life. But Estee knows what is at stake: his family’s love and his livelihood could be lost forever if she says yes. 
Can she really follow her heart if it means him losing everything?

London, present day: Lily clutches a faded piece of paper in her hands, knowing that her life will never be the same again. Whilst grieving for her late father, she is told that her grandmother was born in a home for unmarried mothers, the only clues to her past contained on a handwritten Italian recipe and an old theatre programme.

Desperate for answers, Lily accepts a job on an Italian vineyard – a dream her father once shared. Lily receives a warm welcome from the owner’s charming son 
Antonioand as they chat long into the night, Antonio offers to help her discover her family’s heritage.

But arriving in Estee and Felix’s village, Lily unearths a tragic love story which has the power to change her future. As she unravels the truth of her own legacy, she begins to fall for Italy and for Antonio. Can Lily give up everything she has ever known to rebuild her life or will the risk of heartbreak force her home?


Soraya Lane graduated with a law degree before realising that law wasn't the career for her and that her future was in writing. She is the author of historical and contemporary women's fiction, including the #1 Kindle bestselling novels The Last Correspondent and The Secrets We Left Behind

Soraya lives on a small farm in her native New Zealand with her husband, their two young sons and a collection of four legged friends. When she's not writing, she loves to be outside playing make-believe with her children or snuggled up inside reading.

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