ONE SUMMER IN ITALY...
Innocently involved in a crime by her ex-boyfriend, artist Sarah "Holly" Conroy is fleeing the police when she meets widowed judge Matteo Fallucci and his daughter, Liza, on a train. Matteo takes Holly in and helps her reclaim her life. Both have suffered romantic betrayal, and when an escaped criminal threatens Matteo's life, he proposes for Liza's sake -- and Holly accepts. Matteo's refusal to discuss his first wife is a barrier, but the truth is equally painful. Lucy Gordon's One Summer in Italy ... (4) opens dramatically but soon slows sufficiently to allow the reader to savor its gorgeous setting, layered characters and gentle humor.