When Anna Franklin embarks on a graduate degree in cryptography at Oxford, she anticipates decoding puzzles. Only her studies are a bore, her family is all but nonexistent, and she can’t find a good slice of pizza to save her life. After her beloved advisor has a stroke and she’s assigned to work with cocky post-doc Hendrik Van Der Aart, she wonders if her purpose might be to crack the code on the meaning of her life, not the latest math riddle.

Devastated by personal loss, Sarah Flynn escapes to Rome where she finds a job teaching English. Only the girls’ school is like a nunnery and she’s expected to speak fluent Italian overnight. What has she gotten herself into? While the beautiful sights rekindle her interest in art, not even her brush finding canvas can heal all the wounds she carries. She’ll need the help of a meddling nun, a nutty mathematician, and a handsome Italian admirer. Can Sarah overcome the insecurities born of a shattered marriage? Will she again take a chance on love?