Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the magnificent Tuscan villa near her village. When the owner’s son invites her inside, Floriana knows that her destiny is there, with him. But as they grow up, things begin to change. Miles away on the Devon coastline, Marina’s hotel has fallen on hard times. The arrival of Rafael Santoro, artist-in-residence, seems to bring peace in Marina’s family. But Rafa is not who he seems....
©2011 Santa Montefiore (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
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"a very satisfying read!"
This is a lovely gentle novel that starts as 2 separate stories which build throughout the book to be all pieced together at the end like a jigsaw puzzle. The character descriptions are very good pulling you into the story. I like the narrator too and she managed to do the male voices very well. A couple of twists at the end to make it a very satisfying read.
Nicely narrated and a lovely story to listen to.
The writer is very descriptive and you can imagine yourself actually watching things unfold before your eyes.
I haven't but I will be looking for some more.
Santa Montefiore is one of my favourite authors and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters are so real they seem like friends and the poetic description of the scenery and places transports me there. This book has all the elements I love, romance, a touch of mystery and intrigue, beautiful settings, lovely descriptions. And the voice artist deserves special mention--she enhanced the story with her narration. All in all an excellent listen that my husband enjoyed as well.
"Intriguing story, that pulled me along. Lovely!"
I certainly would recommend this book. It was a good escape and I made friends with the characters.
"loved it, brilliant"
This book had it all. Highly Recommended. beautifully written and narrated. interesting characters. story telling at its best.
I loved it and found it very moving. The characters are believable and I did not want it to end
"Beautiful book. I loved it. Excellent narration."
I loved this story. It's beautifully written and narrated. I really felt I knew the characters personally. I would thoroughly recommend this book. I didn't want it to end.
"Probably the MOST boring book I have ever read"
Please, no more!
All of them!
This book has nothing! I am more than half way through and absolutely nothing has happened and the reader labours every word! Lovely diction but thats about all I can say.
The plot is reminiscent of a cross between Barbara Cartland and Mills and Boon. I couldn't decide whether it was the narrator or the purple prose that I found more irritating.
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