by Darlene Goetzman (Buffalo, NY): To me, these characters were as evocative as any Steinbeck could craft. While the setting was primarily Florence, Italy and the themes art history, art, love and more – the quirky, lovable characters became like friends as I read. Sarah Winman adeptly weaves in whispers of synchronicity & perhaps magic that you yearn for on behalf of the characters. An exceptionally well written book.