Meanwhile, Liz's mother, Mary, is settling into her new life since moving to Paris after the death of her husband. Devoted to Sam during their long marriage, Mary is finally able to discover herself after being forced to follow his strict demands for so long. Having recently gotten reacquainted with a former lover, Mary is torn between finally having the freedom to be with Jean-Marc (who is actually Liz's real father) and her feelings for another male friend in Paris named Luca Santo. Will Mary choose the love from her past--or the love of her heart?
A HILLTOP IN TUSCANY is the sequel to A GARDEN IN PARIS, which I strongly recommend reading first. Otherwise, you will be confused as to the whole background story of Mary and Liz, which is very important in understanding and enjoying HILLTOP.
Interesting, well-developed characters and scenic locations bring the story to life, making this an unforgettable read. Once well-known for her historical novels, Stephanie Grace Whitson has made a smooth transition into contemporary fiction. I personally found Liz to be quite self-centered and selfish at the beginning of A HILLTOP IN TUSCANY, but she became fairly likeable by the end after God softened her heart. Will Mary and Liz find what they are seeking among the hills of Tuscany? I recommend reading these two novels by Ms. Whitson to find out.