I was exhausted by the heat and the pace of the Italian tour and I was sitting reading in the autumnal UK.
The plot was predictable. I was rooting for Alice to get back to a life she'd love. Not so much for Sandy as her Italian adventure was not so easy to believe.
There was an emphasis on same sex couples having children...did the author add this to make the story contemporary?
There wasn’t a conscious emphasis. The story is contemporary, of course, so it makes sense that there might be same sex couples with children in the mix. While I was writing, I was thinking about what ‘family’ means today and was trying to show that there are all sorts of different ways to have one, traditional and otherwise.