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"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Tess can't get the motto from her mother's kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she's in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.
Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he's trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.
A chance meeting brings these 18-year-olds together for a brief moment - the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they'd envisioned. Over the course of the next 16 years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.
But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again....
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By RueRue on 01-12-18
Almost (5) stars
First off, this is a slow-paced, melancholy romance. The emphasis is on character and coping with family tragedy rather than on the romantic potential of the (2) main characters, Tess and Gus, making a connection. I actually enjoyed the slow build, and the way the author developed these two people. But there was SO much tragedy and sorrow, some of it because Tess and Gus were always putting others needs before their own, and, frankly, it got to be a bit too heavy-handed. The ending is also bittersweet, so this is not a feel-good romance. If it had been just a bit less downbeat, and if Tess ad Gus's had been less self-sacrificing, I would have given it a (5) star rating.
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