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The Summer House

The Summer House [Kindle Edition]

Santa Montefiore
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)

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"'This is quite simply a beautiful read and will make you believe again in love that conquers all' (News of the World) 'A gripping romance... It is as believable as the writing is beautiful' (Daily Telegraph) 'Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher' (Daily Mail) 'A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times' (Plum Sykes, Vogue)"

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The magical new novel from top ten bestselling author Santa Montefiore.
Antoinette's world has fallen apart: her husband, the man she has loved for as long as she can remember, has died tragically in an accident. He was her rock, the man she turned to for love and support, the man she knew better than she knew herself. Or at least so she thought…
For as she arrives at the familiar old stone church for George's funeral, she sees a woman she has never met before. And in that instant, the day she thought would close a door on the past becomes the day that everything she has ever known is turned upside down.
Phaedra loved George too, and she could not bear to stay away from his funeral. She only recently came to know him, but their bond was stronger than any she has ever felt before. As she sits before his wife, she knows that what she is about to reveal will change all their lives forever.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to reveal the truth. But what if the truth is harder to bear than the tragedy…?
This book is published in the US under the title The Girl From Paris
Praise for Santa Montefiore: 'This is quite simply a beautiful read and will make you believe again in love that conquers all' News of the World; 'A gripping romance . . . It is as believable as the writing is beautiful' Daily Telegraph; 'Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher' Daily Mail; 'A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times' Plum Sykes, Vogue

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847379281
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL5C7A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,181 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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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love's Folly 19 July 2012
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Santa Montefiore has written a beautifully constructed novel set in Hampshire, 2012. The opening chapter is typical of the author's wonderful prose that permeates the book. Fairfield Park is a grand Jacobean mansion set in idyllic surroundings. High on a hill above the house is a run-down folly (summer house) covered with ivy and moss that holds secrets and has panoramic views over the estate. The mood is mournful. The funeral of the Lord of the manor, George Frampton, is about to take place. He died in a skiing accident ten days earlier, in Switzerland, aged 58. Lord Frampton's wife, Antoinette, is overwhelmed with grief at the sudden loss of her beloved husband of many years. She was a young debutante in the 70's when she met George, a charming, handsome man and something of a flamboyant, adventurer and entrepreneur.

Antoinette has three sons, laid-back David,(the farm manager), Joshua (married to pushy Roberta) who is making money in London, and wandering and wild Tom who runs a night club in London. George was the only son of Margaret, a self-confessed 'sourpuss' who rules the roost and has a hostile relationship with Antoinette and her sister Rosamunde. At the church service, the eldest son David (aged 29) is familiar with those present except for one person who stands out and catches his eye. She is a young attractive woman with captivating grey/blue eyes and blond curly hair. They exchange glances and she gives a faint smile of recognition to David. This mystery woman turns out to be named Phaedra Chancellor who is seated next to George's longstanding and trusted austere lawyer, Julius Beecher.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I'd expected! 18 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read many of Santa's books before and thoroughly enjoyed them, I felt somewhat disappointed by "The Summer House", Very predictable, sugary-characters that I found hard to emphathise with, and too many well-worn cliches! I persevered to finish the book and then felt I'd wasted my time on it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle 8 Aug 2013
By Mrs M
Terrible clunky metaphors and similes lifted straight from a dodgy creative writing class......"the fog swirled around the car like the greedy tentacles of death" Predictable story line,awful stereotypical characterisations. Dreadful bilge.Don't bother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I have never read 1 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read, or should that be never read as I couldn't even be bothered to finish it. The characters were wooden and impossible to empathise with and the story was ridiculous from the start. Some of the similes used were extremely peculiar, even laughable and the portrayal of the upper classes so one dimensional as to be insulting. I shall never be reading anything by this author again. Bland, bland, bland.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read several books by this author, but this is, by far, the most disappointing. From quite early on in the book, it was obvious where the story was going, main characters were weak, and story generally dull, with no surprises, as mentioned above, predictable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless.... 3 Aug 2013
By Suz
I thought i'd give this book a go when I saw Julian Fellowes' tribute, "I couldn't put it down", on the cover. I can only assume Julian is a family friend or has had a blow to the head because this book is absolute drivel. A young lady rocks into a funeral and is immediately taken in by the family of deceased?! The prose is repetitive and cringingly jolly hockey sticks; never mind the fact it seems to be heavily influenced by Julian Fellowes' own Downton Abbey. Dowager Frampton is a direct rip off of Dowager Lady Grantham.....tut, tut.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Far Fetched 4 July 2013
By Amanda
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good pacey read but not very beleivable. Who would just accept a new family memeber who is inheriting a fortune without bothering to see proof of DNA? Also the fact the the protaganist was forgiven not just for a gross betrayal but for what amounted to major fraud was just ridiculous. Decent enough beach read though and the characters were quite interesting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Oh dear. A book club choice that I would have discarded early on were I reading it for myself. Written in a school-girl's prose with shallow characterization and cringe-making cliches throughout, The Summer House reads like a 13 year old's imaginings of life in a big house. This study in 'tell don't show' is contrived and sentimental throughout. The dialogue is stilted and unconvincing, the central character's pronouncements are predictable and embarrassing in their callow gaucheness, and her portrayal is nauseatingly saccharine - irritatingly twee. Every character conforms to a cookie-cutter stereotype and each behaves entirely to form.

The lack of suspense and foreshadowing makes slogging through the pages of cliche a challenge; peppered with references to dogs named for PG Wodehouse characters, 'perfectly pink lamb', The Ivy, and boarding school grub cupboards... the author litters her work with every old chestnut she can to reference a bland stereotype of her imagined social setting. By the second chapter I was expecting three kinds of cake and lashings of ginger beer: this has an air of Twins at St Claire or Famous Five but without the adventures.

As a school-girl essay I'd give it an A for spelling, punctuation and grammar, but an E for creativity, wit and intelligence: must try harder.
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