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The Swallow and the Hummingbird [Kindle Edition]

Santa Montefiore
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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When George Bolton returns home to Devon at the end of the war, Rita assumes that her childhood sweetheart will marry her as they had planned. But the boy who joined the RAF has returned a man, and a man irrevocably changed by the horrors that he has seen. Unable to settle back into the sleepy country routine, George resolves to spend a year on the family farm in Argentina, and, despite her disappointment, Rita promises to wait for him.
While George is away, Max de Guinzberg, the young Jewish refugee adopted by Rita's eccentric grandmother, grows up. Tormented by the tragedy of his past, he finds solace in Rita, whom he has loved for as long as he can remember. But her heart still belongs to George…

About the Author

Born in England in 1970, Santa Montefiore grew up in Hampshire. She is married to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at www.santamontefiore.co.uk.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1203 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DF7J358
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,156 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 22 Jan. 2014
By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this read, which spans a period of 20 years or so from 1946 onwards and is set mostly in Devon but partly in Argentina. It is a romantic saga that I really got lost in, a fantastic little piece of escapism. I don't want to talk about the plot at all, because it would be too easy with this book to give away what happens, but it is a story of love, loyalty and broken hearts. If your heart is broken do you pick yourself up and go on with life and try and love again, or do you wallow in self pity for the rest of your life? Both options are explored here and it made a really good entertaining read.

I really loved the characters; I cried with them, laughed with them and sometimes I even wanted to punch them! My only regret with the book is that towards the end the years just seemed to roll by a little too quickly. Just as I was settled in a particular year, time moved on and peoples' lives had changed again and it sometimes felt a little rushed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 May 2014
By Fran
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I really struggled with this book. Unlike most of her novels it didn't really have a great story line and I found myself hoping that something monumental or dramatic was going to happen to change the direction and lift it away from the rather dull series of events surrounding the characters involved. Certainly not her best, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 25 Mar. 2014
By Fenton
Format:Paperback
I loved this book from the first page and just wanted to keep reading. The story spans the lives of characters over 20 years from the 2nd world war to the 60's and you really get involved with them. It's a real tale of family, relationships and love. It is set mainly in Devon with a rural/coastal backdrop and is best described as a "real story" which you can just get lost in. I'm now very keen to read the Summer House which seems to be a bit of a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 July 2014
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A good story well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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I love all her books,you feel you are taken on a journey in every book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 July 2014
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Good holiday read. Very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
By ERA
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Great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Fab story
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