Life had always smiled sweetly on Delia Beringham. As well as being disarmingly lovely, she is the only daughter of a wealthy financier who indulged her every whim. Naturally Delia assumes that her indulgent father will eventually allow her to marry Lionel Hewes.
But the sudden crash of the family fortunes and her father’s suicide changes all that. Lionel abruptly faded from the picture and Delia is left with only her own courage and determination to sustain her.
British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents.