In the Eternal City, no secret stays hidden forever…
Lottie Archer arrives in Rome excited to begin her new job as an archivist. When she discovers a valuable fifteenth-century painting, she is drawn to find out more about the woman who left it behind, Nina Lawrence.
Nina seems to have led a rewarding and useful life, restoring Italian gardens to their full glory following the destruction of World War Two. So why did no one attend her funeral in 1978?
In exploring Nina’s past, Lottie unravels a tragic love story beset by the political turmoil of post-war Italy. And as she edges closer to understanding Nina, she begins to confront the losses in her own life.
"Elizabeth Buchan’s new novel transports us to Rome in the 1970s and Rome today. Two women caught up in a tangled net of sex and espionage. If you enjoy a good spy story set in the alluring world of La Dolce Vita, Buchan’s gripping read will not disappoint." - Carol Drinkwater
"A feast for the senses - love, intrigue, danger and tragedy set against the swooning beauty of the Eternal City of Rome. A gripping mystery interwoven with Elizabeth Buchan's customary deep understanding of passion and human frailty. Her most stunning novel yet." - Isabelle Grey
"An exquisite story about the beauty of art and the secrets that lie beneath all our surfaces. Elizabeth Buchan’s new novel is both tensely plotted and utterly immersive. The atmosphere of Rome and its buried past rises from every page." - Jane Thynne
"...elegant and atmospheric with two complex interlocking stories that join past and present. An excellent read." - Fanny Blake
"Impeccable writing and a fascinating exploration of women’s lives. Rome is so richly depicted I could almost feel the heat of its pavements beneath my feet as I read and smell the incense in the cool interiors of its churches. The beauty of the city and its surrounding landscapes is threaded through with an ominous sense of danger for the young protagonist, Lottie, as she digs into the past and unpicks its secrets. A wonderfully enigmatic and vivid read, I couldn’t recommend this novel more highly." - E.C. Fremantle
"A compelling book. Full of intrigue." - Women's Weekly
"Buchan is always brilliant on love and this gorgeously written novel has as many twists and shadows as the baroque city in which it is set." - Daily Mail
“A beautifully atmospheric, elegant and emotive story…” - Platinum
"...a cracking good story...The setting is beautifully realised. A perfect holiday read." - Time & Leisure