Sagittarius – Holly, a travel writer, visits Tuscany to research her next book. Seeking help when her car breaks down, she gets more than assistance when Dario, a vineyard owner, puts temptation in her path. Disappearing without explanation, he proves elusive. Bruised, Holly tries to put it behind her until a chance encounter brings her feelings to the surface again.
Capricorn – Holly’s fiancé, Tom misses her while she is in Italy and turns to an internet chat room for solace. His construction business is under threat, but could foul play be at work?
Gemini – Holly’s sister, Lucy, a serial man-eater finally meets her match, which puts her long-term relationship and career in jeopardy. Cheating she discovers, can have devastating consequences.
Libra – Holly’s uncle Jack, an eminent prosecutor, juggles a difficult teenage son with his high profile career and finds himself lacking. When his son’s school work starts slipping, he decides he needs to take control, but it’s not long before the balls all come tumbling down and Jack finds his family on the wrong side of the law.
One event binds them all…
This book starts off with a fast pace which continues throughout the book. I love how a series of chapters are for each characters each woven into each other; quite intricately done. Cleverly written; Sign Of The Times has everything – happily married couple, not so happy married couple, a couple having second thoughts about getting married, a woman lonely having given up everything to look after her mum, cheaters, some faithful, some liars, some honest, some good, some bad. I like how each character’s story came through. Obviously very well researched as Italian places are quoted as well as medical terms. Susan manages to touch on some very current issues which give this book depth and takes it beyond the chick lit genre.
All in all I really enjoyed reading this book. I found it hard to put down and left wanting to read more when finished. I’m classing this as a must read. My next book is Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere