Louisa's Auntie Em (which was the family's nickname for her) had died and she had been her only visitor in the nursing home even though she hadn’t recognised or spoken a word to her for many months.
Lou’s family had all gone now she was by herself and sadly paid her last visit to sort through any belongings that still were there after the funeral.
There was absolutely nothing apart from her clothes and some meaningless knick-knacks and a couple of books all of which had been hurriedly packed for Lou to dispose of.
She was about to take the lot to the bin when one the books fell from the top of the pile and fell face open onto the floor.
As she picked it up she noticed an inscription inside the cover “Best wishes to Maureen and a happy meeting in
April 1995 Catherine” then Lou immediately burst into tears. Oxford
Only twenty years ago Em had been in
and met the author who
signed a book for her and just last week Lou had been accepted to study at Oxford next year but now she couldn’t talk to Auntie Em all about it. England