With really nowhere to go, Vin and Luca begin to talk to each other, and Vin admits as to why he is actually in Rome, to go to a memorial service for a father that he totally depises. When they finally emerge from the elevator, Luca has decided that he will take Vin to the service, as he can't bear to think of Vin going alone.
From this point on, the two stick together, and seemed to have formed a deep attachment to each other in only a small amount of time. It is also so close to Christmas, that this also seems to bring a special element into the mix. As Vin works through his confusing emotions about his father, and what he has learned since being in Rome, Luca stands by his side, his safe haven.
However, Luca's life is not without challenges, and finally Luca opens up to Vin about his life. The one thing that really stands out to them both, is no matter now deep their feelings are for each other - the timing of their meeting each other is all wrong, both have commitments they must see through first - Vin has a degree to finish back in New York, and Luca has a court battle with his parents to win, over his grandmothers house which was left to him, in Rome..... so how will they make things work?? They then make a decision together that if they both feel the same the following Christmas, that they will meet at the fountain.
This part of the story is heart wrenching at times, both Luca and Vin miss each other terribly, and it is a mixture of texts, calls, emails and even Skype, and the emotions of both just pour from the pages as you read. Both of them are missing each other, but will they both feel the same when it comes to Christmas??
I absolutely totally loved this story, and once I started reading I just could not put it down. As I have said already, I fell in love with both characters from the first page, and this continued all through the book, even to the extent of sitting here willing things to go right for them, so they could have the life they both wanted and so deserved. To me, this is a book that shows you that even though you may be miles away, that love can conquer all, and if your love is deep enough, then things will have a way of working out. If you want an awesome holiday read, then please read this book, you really won't regret it.
At the door, Maria asked him to keep in touch and Vin promised he would. They hugged for a long moment, Vin’s eyes shining with tears as he let go of his aunt.
“Did he know? About me? That I...” He faltered as if unsure how to phrase his question. “That I create things, too?”
Maria grinned, pulling him in for another hug. “He knew,” she said with conviction. “He knew from the moment you were born.”
Vin’s eyes filled with tears. “Really?”
“Yes. He called me the day you were born and said, ‘Maria, he’s beautiful.’” Maria wiped the tear that rolled down Vin’s cheek. “‘I’m going to call him Vincent, after Van Gogh. Because he’ll be one of the greats, I know it in my gut.’”
Vin hugged his aunt again and they stayed like that for a while, before she bid them goodbye and they walked down the stairs. In the lobby, Vin hesitated before pushing the front door open. Luca handed him a tissue, smiling as Vin wiped his tears, because this time they were happy tears.