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Last Voyage of the Valentina by Santa Montefiore
  

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Alba is a young woman very much enjoying the swinging sixties, hugely indulged by her father having brought her back as a baby from post-war Italy following her mother’s death. She’s little concerned with anything but having fun till she finds a portrait of her mother and determinedly travels to Italy to attempt to discover something of her heritage. Inevitably she turns up a lot more than she bargained for, a sweeping, romantic old fashioned blockbuster of a story of Nazis, Italian aristocracy and passion amongst the olive groves. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

Last Voyage of the Valentina by Santa Montefiore

An eccentric aristocrat is savagely murdered in his Italian palazzo at the end of WW2. Twenty years later, this unsolved crime touches the life of Alba, a hedonistic girl who lives on a houseboat in Sixties Chelsea. Between these two distinctive times runs a thread of love, decadence and betrayal that takes Alba from the country-houses of the shires to the olive groves of the Amalfi Coast, rich with the scent of figs, the drama of wartime and the lingering decay of tragedy. The past unfolds revealing a secret web of partisans and Nazis, peasants and counts and in the centre of it all, an alluring woman of mystery: her mother. Alba investigates not only a murder but the forbidden truth. What she finds in the past is heartrending, but it's the gateway to her own future.

Reviews

'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

Santa Montefiore

Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 to an Anglo-Argentine mother, and read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. After a year teaching English on an Argentine estancia, she spent much of the nineties in Buenos Aires. She lives in London with her husband, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, and their children, Lily and Sasha.

Photograph © Joyce Ravid

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Publication date

23rd October 2014

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Santa Montefiore

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471132001

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