Two childhood sweethearts meet again as adults, a young woman defies tradition, new love grows from the ruins of an earlier relationship, exiles find home in each other, love flourishes late in life, handwritten letters span the distance of oceans...We love to hear about love. In a world of bad news and bleak prophecies, it's life-affirming to hear a story with a happy ending. These are true tales of passion and perseverance, chance meetings, unexpected romance, lovers whose stars are un-crossed. There is sorrow here. There are questions, too, but no universal answers - and yet other people's happy endings inspire optimism in all of us. People have told the author about their personal experiences. She has listened to their unique voices and woven heartfelt stories from their words. All the chapters are about love, but together they are about life.
Elise Valmorbida grew up Italian in Australia, but fell in love with London. Her first book Matilde Waltzing (Allen & Unwin) was nominated for two national literary awards. Her short stories have appeared in New Writer via the Ian St James Award, Carve Magazine and the Cyan Books anthologies From Here to Here and Common Ground. She currently runs a communications consultancy and teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts London.