I was a little bit nervous as several of you said you loved the first one and didn’t like this one. I actually felt the opposite. The characters are now in their late teens (through early twenties) and a lot more mature so I related to them more. Lila is now married – it picks up at the end of the wedding. I don’t want to say too much, but her husband is not who she thought she was. This follows Lila and Elena on totally different paths. Lila gets married and goes down that route; whereas Elena takes the scholarly route and heads to Pisa for university (a huge deal for her as no one really leaves their small town). It’s such an amazing look at female friendship (like the first one) and just brilliantly, beautifully written.