Miss Garnet's Angel is a voyage of discovery, a novel of Venice but also a rich story of the explosive possibilities of change in all of us at any time.
Julia Garnet is a teacher. Just retired, she is left a legacy which she uses by leaving her orderly life, and going to live - in winter - in an apartment in Venice. It's beauty, it's secret corners and treasures, and it's people overwhelm a lifetime of reserve and caution. Above all she's touched by the all prevalent spirit of the Angel, Raphael.
Twinned with her journey is that of Tobias. The father, growing old and blind, is determined that his son, accompanied by an appropriate companion, should recover the family debt and allow his father to die in peace. The traveller, masquerading as a merchant - by common legend - is Raphael.
The two stories interweave with parents and landladies, restorers and priests, American tourists and ancient travellers abounding.
The whole is an enormously satisfying journey of the spirit, and Julia Garnet is a character to treasure.