Alexa is caught between two cultures – that of England and its class system and that of her mother’s Italian and more specifically Venetian culture. Alexa’s life is made more complex by two distinct events – the sudden death of her mother and the sudden offer of marriage from her oldest friend Harvey. The latter more than anything else leads to her leaving home and eventually making her way to Venice in search of her grandmother. It is in Venice that she eventually realises that she is running away from her feelings for Harvey.
This is a well written and well researched book that brings to life England of the 1920s and 1930s and more specifically Cornwall of this era. In Alexa you have the archetypical outsider looking for somewhere to belong and the story is as much about belonging as it is about finding and keeping love.