I thought I had won the competition but just getting the book was a prize as well. Quite enjoyed the book but never having visited Italy some of the places rather confused me - I do like to be able to picture what I am reading! I might just have to book a holiday now to look for some of these sights.
Well I have finished it and have been roughly transported from the heat of an Italian summer back to the cold reality of NE England. It is that sort of a book. It gives you a real feel for Italy, Rome and Naples in particular. Spoiler Alert! I did wonder about happy endings and people getting their just deserts and if Fanny feels this is one of the requirements of her novels. Everything does seem to work out for the people you come to like in the book. I did like the friendship which developed between Alice and Sandy helping them both cope with their problems.