Just once in a long while a book comes along that really grabs your attention and won’t rest until you’ve abandoned your day to it. Fin and Lady got to me. It’s funny and bittersweet and finally warms your heart in spite of the thread of tragedy than runs through it. This is the second book by Cathleen Shine I’ve read and it’s the same gentle and compelling experience.
Fin is an eleven year old orphan boy who is taken in by his wealthy half sister, Lady, and lives with her in 1960’s New York. Lady, like many of us who lived that bohemian new age when anything was possible, is looking for something that might not exist, the ephemera of freedom allied with commitment. Fin grows up as she searches and follows her to Capri where she finally finds her true path.
It’s about love, unrecognised until it finally is not. It reminded me of Breakfast at Tiffanys and if you liked that, you’ll like this even more.