Readers will know this author from her fantastic, Scarlett Wakefield Mystery series, which has become one of the most entertaining to occur in quite some time. As a reader who is fully in love with them, I have to say I was thrilled to receive the first in a new series that Ms. Henderson is bringing to her fans.
This is what you would call a ‘winning formula:’ Hot Italian guys, funny chicks, some danger, a little mystery, and a romance that we all want and will definitely imagine running to the airport to purchase a ticket to Tuscany in order to find it.
We begin with Violet. Violet comes from a wealthy family, to say the least, and her mission in life is to one day become an artist; her near future involves heading off to Cambridge in order to study art history. But as Violet stands in the Soane Museum looking up at a painting titled, Portrait of a Young Lady, she sees her twin staring back at her. Now, Violet doesn’t know her real father and, frankly, looks nothing like the rest of her pale, blonde family. Could it be possible that the man who is her father was part of the line of people that this painter came from? It certainly looks like it, seeing as that the girl in the portrait is an exact match.
After some research, Violet finds that this particular family lives in Tuscany, so she begs her mother to send her to a ‘class,’ telling her Mom that she will learn more and attain some much-needed experience for Cambridge. The adventure is on!
When Violet arrives she meets up with a British girl (who is extremely hysterical), and two slightly snotty, loves to party American girls who want nothing more than to hit on the hot guys. Although they don’t get along at first, it takes only a short time before these four girls team up and have each other’s backs when they meet up with a girl who is beyond mean and, unfortunately, a member of the family who owns the villa they’re staying in.
A young man comes into Violet’s life. His name is Luca hails from actual nobility (Yup, a real Prince!) He’s also more than a little arrogant until Violet puts him in his place. What’s the bad part? If Violet is right about the portrait and her twin – she and the stunning young man she’s falling head-over-heels for, may just be related.
Although the story doesn’t have as many surprises as Scarlett Wakefield offered, the romance is nice and the characters are entertaining. But the real star in this book, I have to say, is the beautiful world of Tuscany! It will be interesting to see how Violet’s story plays out.
Until Next Time, Everybody,