Penny, Dora, Nell and Moira, friends since they were at college together, had always meant to keep in touch, but life got in the way.
So when Penny gets an unexpected legacy, she decides not to tell her overbearing husband but to spend it instead on a reunion on the sun-drenched Greek island they visited at eighteen, to rediscover the happiness of those hippy-dippy days. But many years later, what was a tiny village full of donkeys and cafes is now a major tourist attraction. And the friends have to face the fact that their own personal difficulties - unsatisfactory marriages, ungrateful children or the loneliness of a single life - can't always be cured by a holiday in the sun.
On the way back to Athens, they stop at a tiny island, not yet on the tourist map. In Kyri, they find an opportunity to re-invent, to contribute to a community needing their help and, at the same time, to recapture lost romance and have some healing fun.
More significant still, will they relearn the most valuable lesson of all: the true importance of their friendship?
Funny, warm and poignant, with her trademark wit and wisdom - this is Maeve Haran at her very best.
PRAISE FOR MAEVE HARAN
'A great summer read . . . Funny, wise, relaxing'
'As bubbly and enjoyable as a glass of Italian fizz'
'Comic, poignant and thought-provoking'
Maeve Haran is an Oxford law graduate who worked in television and journalism before writing her worldwide bestseller Having It All which was translated into 26 languages. She has since written fourteen contemporary and two historical novels plus one work of non-fiction extolling life's small pleasures. Two of her novels have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year award.
She has three grown-up children and divides her time between North London and a cottage in the lovely Cuckmere Valley in East Sussex.
Comic, poignant and thought-provoking -- Marian Keyes Wise, witty and spirited, this novel shows you're never too old to follow your dreams * Sunday Express (In A Country Garden) * As bubbly and enjoyable as a glass of Italian fizz. * Sunday Express (An Italian Holiday) * Full of optimism and Italian sunshine this is a great summer read . . . Funny, wise, relaxing and full of lovely lifestyle detail * Daily Mail (An Italian Holiday) * Simultaneously hilarious and heartwarming * Woman & Home * An engaging romance mixing heartwarming friendship with gentle humour in a gorgeous setting * Daily Mail * Make sure of a happier holiday by packing a Maeve Haran novel in your suitcase -- Jilly Cooper