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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.G.Raynor-Krill
  • 09-02-12

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.

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  • Loves Reading
  • 05-02-13

Loved It

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.

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  • Ann
  • 06-26-13

Intriguing story, that pulled me along. Lovely!

Would you recommend The House by the Sea to your friends? Why or why not?

I certainly would recommend this book. It was a good escape and I made friends with the characters.

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  • Sarah
  • 07-08-13

Just lovely

What made the experience of listening to The House by the Sea the most enjoyable?

Nicely narrated and a lovely story to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

The writer is very descriptive and you can imagine yourself actually watching things unfold before your eyes.

Have you listened to any of Juanita McMahon’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't but I will be looking for some more.

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  • trude
  • 11-05-16

Enchanting

On long journeys we have started to listen to audible books and get totally engrossed in them. This one is no exception. Lovely to listen to life stories unfold in a soothing voice.

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  • GeeDubW
  • 10-17-15

loved it, brilliant

This book had it all. Highly Recommended. beautifully written and narrated. interesting characters. story telling at its best.
















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  • Ms CLARE J CLEMENS
  • 05-05-15

Brilliant

I loved it and found it very moving. The characters are believable and I did not want it to end

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  • ddodson
  • 05-02-15

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.

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  • leon ungar
  • 10-14-18

loved locations characters and plot....sub plots

loved locations characters and plot....also sub plots endearigly createive performance .
Shame about name pronunciation .

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  • Linda
  • 10-09-18

The house by the sea

Santa montefiore is one of my favourite authors and this book did not disappoint. I liked how all the loose ends were tied up in the end. Although I guessed a few of the connections the majority were a real surprise to me.