When wealthy, self-willed Fiona meets handsome Bill Lindsey one fateful Scottish spring day, she little suspects that the encounter will change her life. Before long, the forceful young man’s quiet dynamism begins to exercise a powerful attraction for her. But Fiona is already engaged to the colourless Philippe; her stern father’s commands and the onset of World War seem to end any thoughts of being with Bill.
Then, in exotic wartime Casablanca, Bill enters her life once more, wounded in action at sea, and Fiona is faced with a choice every woman fear: between her passions – and her duty…
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.