A poignant yet witty story of love and belonging set among the Italian community of 1920s London.
‘Ursula Bloom writes in a delightful way, with a deep understanding of human nature and a quick eye for the humorous things in life.’ Cambridge Daily News
The daughter of an English father and an Italian mother, Madeline leaves behind her childhood in rural Hertfordshire for the chaotic family life of her Nonna’s shop in Soho. There, Madeline discovers the joys and heartache of family loyalty, friendship and first love.
Under the shadow of her ambitious mother and fiery grandmother, Madeline is determined to find her own identity and place in the world. Along the way, her life is changed forever by the compelling charms of three very different men – fickle Chester, artistic Frank and self-destructive Val.
A touching story of a young woman’s coming of age – Madeline will stay with you long after the last page.