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When Lily died, her one abiding wish was for her ashes to be scattered in her favorite place on Earth: the ancient and imposing Castello di Arechi, in Salerno.
Determined to carry out her late aunt’s wishes, Sophia makes the decision to spice up her mundane life and journey to Italy, even as her own marriage is threatened by imminent failure.
Upon arrival she meets with Luigi, a man who is very different from her husband and who is willing to help Sophia to uncover the secret of the key she has in her possession.
With no idea what the key is for and with her husband steadily applying more pressure than ever, it looks increasingly like Sophia’s journey may end in failure and Lily’s wishes may never be fulfilled.
But, as with every cloud a silver lining usually appears and this particular one is no exception. As Sophia finds herself falling for another man, the realization dawns on her that her loveless marriage is now finally and for all time dead.
But what does the key open? There are secrets still being kept that could change her life forever. And if she can discover them she may be able to set herself free too.
Lily returns from Italy to her parents’ home in England, a different woman in so many ways from the one who left in search of adventure in a distant land. Still there and still carrying a torch for her, despite all that has happened, is Winston. But can Lily move on with her life and accept him back into it?
Meanwhile, in the present day, Sophia still wrestles with trying to do what is right and best for her and her child, while trying to fulfil Lily’s dying wish. As she continues with her quest she falls for a young Italian man who is everything she ever dreamed of but a shocking revelation threatens to undo all she has achieved and her hopes of the future too.
Can she find a way to be happy with her new love? Can she succeed with gaining custody of her child from a man she never really loved and start her life anew? The truth about Lily and her life in Italy is waiting to be exposed and it could either present a solution to all Sophia’s problems or just add to them.