The Good Left Undone

The Good Left Undone

The instant New York Times bestseller that will take you to sun-drenched mid-century Italy




'Adriana is a storyteller second to none' HEATHER MORRIS, bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
'Trigiani never fails to sweep you away . . . an emotional and beautiful tale of family, love, and loss' TAYLOR JENKINS REID, bestselling author of Malibu Rising
'There is a reason Adriana Trigiani is so beloved by her millions of devoted readers . . . gorgeous' SARAH JESSICA PARKER
'A big, beautiful, wonderful book; romantic, moving, transporting, affecting I will do everything I can to encourage everyone to read it' LOUISE DOUGLAS, bestselling author of The House by the Sea

Domenica Cabrelli had two great loves of her life.

The first, her childhood sweetheart: a boy from the same small, sun-drenched Italian town of Viareggio. A romance born out of yearning and shared history; over before it really had a chance to begin.

Then, on an idyllic French coastline in the shadow of war, Domenica's second great love affair, which would go on to define her - a mysterious captain, with a future on the front line.

Many decades later, only her daughter, Matelda, knows the true story of these two men's lives, and the secret that connects them. And, as the end of her life nears, Matelda realises that some truths are too great to be lost.

But as she works against the clock with her own daughter to unpack their family's legacy, more questions arise than answers.

What was the real story of her mother's wartime years?

What kept her away from Italy for so long, after the fighting had ended?

And what, ultimately, brought her home again? . . .

'An unforgettable historical epic. This rich family story is magnificent in the telling' Lisa Jewell

'At once epic and intimate . . . A delightful novel' Jess Walter

'This beautiful, sweeping historical epic paints an exquisite portrait of love, loss, the ravages of time and the price a family pays for its secrets. Brava! Kristin Hannah

'Beautifully written, immersive . . . Sweeps you up and takes you on an epic journey. A must-read for 2022' Sarah Pearse

'An exquisite gem of a novel. No one does historical fiction better than Trigiani' David Baldacci

'This is a sweeping story of the complexities of love and family . . . A beautiful historical romance, this book manages to be epic and intimate at the same time' Sun


  • There is a reason Adriana Trigiani is so beloved by her millions of devoted readers. We all wait for the next book by this gorgeous writer. It's here at last. Let Adriana Trigiani take you far away
    Sarah Jessica Parker

About the author

Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of twenty books in fiction and non-fiction, which have been published in thirty-eight languages around the world. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her debut novel Big Stone Gap, and adapted her novel Very Valentine for television. She hosts Adriana Ink, which features the world's greatest authors in conversation. Adriana grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, where she co-founded the Origin Project, an in-school, year-round writing program that serves more than 2,500 students grades 1-12. She lives in New York City with her family. Follow Adriana on Facebook and Instagram @AdrianaTrigiani
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