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The Forget-Me-Not Sonata by [Montefiore, Santa]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

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‘This is Santa Montefiore at her best – an enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments. If you love a heartfelt, epic trilogy this is for you. I loved it and can’t wait for more’ (Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife, on Songs of Love and War)

‘Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart’ (Jojo Moyes)

‘A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering,rekindling. The Beekeeper’s Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year’ (Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker, on The Beekeeper's Daughter)

‘I raced through this feel-good romantic story, which spans continents and decades’ (Fanny Blake Woman & Home on The Beekeeper's Daughter)

‘This deeply romantic saunter is an ideal summer read. Laced with secrets and forbidden liaisons, it is sure to keep you turning the pages’ (The Lady on The Beekeeper's Daughter)

‘Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher’ (Daily Mail)

‘A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times’ (Vogue)

‘A gripping romance . . . it is as believable as the writing is beautiful’ (Daily Telegraph)

‘Anyone who likes Joanne Harris or Mary Wesley will love Montefiore’ (Mail on Sunday)

‘One of our personal favourites and bestselling authors, sweeping stories of love and families spanning continents and decades’ (The Times)

‘Engaging and charming’ (Penny Vincenzi)

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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DF7J31C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to admit - I was on the verge of giving up on this book. The start was very slow and boring but I don't give up on books easily so carried on. I'm so glad I carry on because once the story started proper I absolutely loved it. It didn't have the ending I'd have liked but other than that I really enjoyed the story as I'm sure you will. Just don't give up on it like I nearly did :-)
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By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2014
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I had already read several of Santa Montefiore's books, three set in Argentina or Chile and two in Italy. Looking back, I was surprised to see what varied ratings I'd given them.
This book starts out in Argentina and I was hoping for another excellent read, but, although most of the events are set in Argentina, it is an expat version of the country; clubs, swimming and afternoon teas. I detected very little of the real country behind all the fluff.

The central character is Audrey, older sister to the vibrant Isla. When we meet them they are on the cusp of adulthood; Isla is not yet interested in men but Audrey finds herself attracted to one of the two brothers who come to work for her father. Cecil and Louis Forrester are two very different men; Cecil has been honoured for his successes in the war, while Louis did not fight and is more ethereal, a gifted musician. Audrey ends up marrying the one she doesn't love and the story evolves from there.

I was rather irritated by the repetition of various themes, particularly the idea that beauty is only skin deep and a nasty personality can show through no matter how beautiful you are. this was endlessly overplayed through the novel.
The book was a bit over-long, which gave plenty of time for character development. My favourite character was Audrey's third child, Grace, who could see spirits and read futures. However, most of the other folk in the novel had lost my interest by the time I got to the end. I do admit to shedding a few tears though, so 3 1/2 stars.

I have also read, by this author:
Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree (4 stars)
The Butterfly Box (4 stars)
The Swallow and the Hummingbird (3 stars)
Last Voyage of the Valentina (2 stars)
The Gypsy Madonna (5 stars)
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I love reading all her books but this one resonates about the power of love and forgiveness, the bedrock of life.
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I was disappointed with this book. It felt like the author had an idea for the beginning and end of the story but couldn't quite join it in the middle. It was very repetitive and I really didn't like the main character in the end. The setting was lovely but, even that, didn't have enough detail with it. It wont stop me from reading her books because, usually, they are good.
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As always a lovely light read. Have quite a collection of her books and have given many away to friends
and family who keep asking where I buy them and have to point in the Amazon direction. Speedy delivery.
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I always enjoy her books and this was no exception, but I did find this one just a bit to drawn out at times and could have been a wee bit shorter
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I always enjoy books by this author, so I was delighted to find this one. The story is set in both Argentina and England, during the post-WW2 era, and tells of marriage, deception,conception, depression, fear and joy. It ends with the death of a young woman's "Daddy",but this sad occasion allows her to know the identity of her biological father.
As always, the author writes in such a way that, as the reader, I was unable to put the book down for very long.
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It is a little bit slow but interesting and made me wonder where it was going to and at times it was a little too detailed.
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