Juliet Carlsen, a thirty-year-old graphic designer from Hobart, Tasmania is grieving the loss of her mother. We meet her six weeks after the funeral as she is about to arrive in a tiny village in northern Italy. The village, Baiardo, is home to an art school where she is to spend a month as a volunteer. Her best friend had convinced her that a change of scene would do her good but, as she nears her destination, she is not so sure.
Baiardo turns out to be her haven. The warm welcome and serene beauty work their healing magic. The attentions of Luca, a handsome if hot tempered, architect don’t hurt either.
Juliet surrenders to the dolce vita lifestyle: sunshine, a view to die for and drinks in the piazza at sunset.
Then someone from her past shows up and turns everything on its head. That 'someone' has plans for both Juliet and Baiardo. Cracks appear in the smooth surface of village life and Luca turns his back on her.
Kathy Gates missed out on her dream job as a test pilot in a magic carpet factory and consoles herself with reading, walking, travelling and writing. Sometimes all at once.
Born and bred in Sydney, she lives in Hobart, Tasmania where the air is clean, the winters are frosty and the food is delicious.
In 2007-2008 Kathy took a ‘mid-life gap year’ and headed to Europe. Six months were spent in Italy which included two weeks volunteering at a cultural association in the tiny Ligurian village of Baiardo. Kathy also spent five weeks volunteering at an art school in Tuscany. She thought that she’d have so much time to explore new places but the year flew. Needless to say, she’s desperate to return.