This is one of my favorite early Nora Robert's books. The prequel, Summer Desserts was good reading, but I enjoyed Lessons Leared more because the characters were better developed. I especially enjoyed the colorful, sexy, funny, loverboy character of Carlo Franconi. The tension between Carlo and Julie is palpable. Well written and interesting, this was one of the few Robert's books that had me wondering if the lovers in this story were truly starcrossed or if they would find their way together in the end.