The Last Concerto

By Sara Alexander

The perfect summer read for fans of Santa Montefiore, Victoria Hislop and Dinah Jeffries

Will Alba find the music of her heart?

Sardinia, 1968.

When eleven-year-old Alba Fresu witnesses her father and brother kidnapped by bandits, her previously happy and secure family life is shaken to the core. The pair are eventually released, but the experience leaves Alba deeply disturbed, unable to give voice to her inner turmoil.
While accompanying her mother to cleaning jobs, Alba visits the villa of an eccentric Signora and touches the keys of a piano for the first time. She is transported to another world, one where she can finally express emotion too powerful for words alone.

She takes secret piano lessons and, against her parents’ wishes, accepts a scholarship to the Rome conservatoire. There she immerses herself in the vibrant world of the city, full of heat and passion she’s never experienced before – and embarks on an affair that will change the course of her life forever.

But Alba soon reaches a crossroads, and must decide how to reconcile her musical talent with her longing for love and family . . .

Praise for Sara Alexander:

‘Will leave readers riveted until the explosive conclusion’
Publishers Weekly

‘This enchanting novel is a delightful read, perfectly suited for a warm beach with a cold beverage. Readers who enjoy Adriana Trigiani’s historical Italian family sagas will adore Alexander’s debut.’