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The Summer House [Kindle Edition]

Santa Montefiore
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 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: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL5C7A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,411 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 www.santamontefiore.com. Follow her on twitter at santamontefiore.

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11 of 11 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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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love's Folly 19 July 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle 8 Aug 2013
By Mrs M
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless.... 3 Aug 2013
By Suz
Format:Hardcover
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE SUMMER HOUSE 29 July 2012
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Loving wife Antoinette is heartbroken when her husband George has a tragic accident and dies.
Attending the funeral is Phaedra a young woman who is unknown to all the family. It transpires that she is the daughter of George from an affair he had before marrying Antoinette.
A family drama with some endearing characters. My one observation would be that I found it a little predictable and repetitive in parts. However it was an easy and likeable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and predictable 20 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this as I had enjoyed one of her other books. This was dull and predictable could have been written by a teenager. don't bother with it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars slow going 16 Aug 2013
By H68
Format:Paperback
This is my first Santa Montefiore read, and i'm not convinced. This book does not grip the mind, it's slow going and very predictable. I was so looking forward to this read but even a few chapters in the timid tale is evident. I stuck with the book till the end but i will need some convincing to read another by Montefiore
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sickly predictable
After knowing end from half way through (or less) this book became sickly predictable- and a strangely sickly love story it is :/
Published 1 day ago by S.Cosway
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Unbelievable characters and an obvious plot. It was very disappointing. I felt it was a waste of time and money.
Published 5 days ago by Liz Coverdale
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Phaedra
When you have lost your husband, and he was all you lived for along with your three sons, it seems that nothing can get any worse for Antoinette. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jo D'Arcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
An easy, interesting read. I couldn't put this book down. All the characters were easy to remember and relate to. Read more
Published 12 days ago by LT
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to take on holiday.
A nice story about nice people. A good book for taking on holiday. I have liked all the books that I have read of Santa Montefiore's.
Published 21 days ago by S M Turney
3.0 out of 5 stars Revview
The plot for this book was quite good, although possibly a little far fetched. The style of writing I found irritating, the vocabulary was rather in the form of a fourth form... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Helen Deverill
4.0 out of 5 stars The Summer House
This is being read by my wife and she recommends it as a very good read. The author of two of these books is to be congratulated.
Published 1 month ago by Nige
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read.
Really enjoyed reading this. Very well written, with emotion provoking twists and turns. Hard not to fall in love with the characters!
Published 1 month ago by Hot chick
4.0 out of 5 stars a good holiday read.
A lovely story, well written. A good easy read with a good cast of characters. You know what you want to happen bht dont know how that can happen.
Published 1 month ago by mrs beverley Parmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Really lovely read!
This is a lovely gentle read which gives the reader some lovely visions and a real empathy with the characters. Read more
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