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Sea of Lost Love [Kindle Edition]

Santa Montefiore
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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A genuine plot, so lacking in so many books these days, starts to emerge . . . I couldn't put it down and got a real thrill up my spine on the last page (Daily Express)

Santa Montefiore doesn't put a foot wrong with this busty romance, spilling between rugged Cornwall and remote Southern Italy. (Mirror)

Book Description

Treat yourself to an epic romance combined with dark mystery is Santa Montefiore's unique trademark. Allow yourself to be swept away by her superlative storytelling as you enter a world of love and deception.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3144 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471132048
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DF7J3Q2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 on a beautiful farm in Hampshire. After Sherborne School for Girls she read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires. Her love for Argentina inspired her first four novels, but her American publisher wasn't interested in Argentina as a setting so she based her fifth novel in Italy - America came on board at that point but have not published her first four. Her novels take place in France, South Africa as well as Ireland and England and have been translated into over 25 languages and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. She has just completed her 14th title for 2014, The Beekeeper's Daughter. She lives in London with her husband, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, and their two children. Visit Santa's website at Follow her on twitter at santamontefiore.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate and Descriptive 30 Mar. 2008
What a wonderful find. I had not previously read Santa Montefiore novels before, I am so glad I found this to delve into.

You are taken on a wonderful journey with Celestria(a great name)who goes from being a shallow, empty headed young girl into a passionate and deep young woman. Her journey is started with the supposed suicide of her wonderful father 'Monty'. His manner was kind, the way he loved and had time for all people within his life, the villagers at Pendrift, his own staff and even those he confided in far away from home.

A gut instinct makes Celestria realise that there was more to this man than meets the eye and his love for his family. She sets out to find the truth, but can she handle what she finds in Italy and who she encounters.

Pendrift Hall is a wonderful setting, the family home draws all the main characters together at the beginning of the book and really sets the scene for what is to come. As a reader we can see the weak and strong amongst them. Ultimatley though, the main protagonists are Celstria, her empty mother Pamela and the story of 'Monty'.

Italy was a great setting for the second half of the novel. You could smell the trees, flowers, the fruit and I really imagined I was in the house with Freddie, Mrs Halifax and the exuberant dogs. Santa Montefiore really brought this to life for me.

Without wishing to give anything away, this book was a page turner and great for a holiday or if you want to escape into wonderful parts of Cornwall and Italy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 30 Jan. 2014
By Annie
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One of her better ones on the lines of The French Gardener. I love or hate her books.Didn't like Italian Matchmaker or The Affair but this is excellent.Good mystery story,travel to Italy, bit of a whodunnit.Slightly predictable ending but didn't spoil the book-a perfect holiday read
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, romance and growing up 7 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this old-fashioned romantic/family saga. Set in the 1950s and written in 2007, it read as if it had been written much much earlier, which shows the skill of the author in capturing the spirit of the 1950s. Celestria Montague has led a privileged life. Her father is minor aristocracy and her mother the spoiled daughter of an American financier, so she has wanted for nothing. We meet her in the summer of 1958 when she is spending the summer at Pendrift, the family home on the Cornish coast, with her mother and extended family. The story starts with the young, newly-installed local priest arriving at the house to meet the family. Father Miles Dalgleish seems a little flustered and immediately falls for Celestria on meeting her. The first section of the book was, on reflection at the end, confusing – I didn’t see the point of the Miles Dalgleish character as he goes nowhere until the very end of the book in the epilogue, and even that scene seemed pointless as he was going to do nothing with the information he uncovers. The outcome was far different from what I imagined.

Also, we were told, or shown over and over, how stunning and irresistible Celestria was which did get a little wearing. Yes, we get the point! However maybe the author did this to emphasise her sense of entitlement – to attention from men as much as any other thing. There was also very little description of contemporary issues to set the story in context; for this reason the action seemed to take place in something of a bubble. The first part of the story focuses on the house in Cornwall, the preparations for Uncle Archie’s 50th birthday and hints that all is not well with the various family members.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In a similar review you'll see Iv'e expressed my appreciation of the books of hers I have read. I am in my eighties and enjoy a story , with twist and turns, a little romance and intrigue ; My daughters and granddaughters enjoy them too! so not just for oldies!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sea of Lost Love 21 Aug. 2012
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Having read most of Santa Montefiore's work I was looking forward to one book that I had missed. However, although its probably a decent holiday read I found it to be disappointing overall and not up to her usual standard. The whole plot, relationships and ending were very predictable indeed. Sorry to be pedantic but fifties European characters would not have used phrases like: 'I am sorry for your loss' which are American terms that did not come into UK English usage until recently. There were a number of those examples which I found irritating. All in all, not a bad book, in my opinion, but certainly not one that I would recommend if you like to challenge yourselves with guessing the outcomes and endings!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the holidays 13 July 2007
Having read all her other books I couldn't wait to get into this one and it didn't disappoint. Although unusually a bit slow to start, the writer soon drew the reader into her web and the story became a page turner.Her ability to make the characters become familiar friends is excellent and the appeal of her books lies in the unexpected.Her style is never gushing but the depth of emotion shown by her characters is both touching and realistic.If you want a good holiday read which leaves you feeling it was time well spent, then this is the one for you.
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