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Summary

She hardly knew her Italian mother, and her English father acts as if Valentina never existed. She despises country life almost as much as she despises her stepmother and stepsisters. 

On board the houseboat named after her dead mother, Alba's life is little more than a selfish search for fun and pleasure. But the discovery of her mother's portrait sends the girl back to Italy to find her family - and the truth about Valentina. Amid the olive groves of the Amalfi coast, its balmy air rich with the scent of figs, a tale of deception and betrayal is waiting to be discovered. It is a tale that takes Alba into the past - but also gives her a new future.

©2005 Santa Montefiore (P)2021 W F Howes

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Turgid and dreary

This book has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The storyline is dreary and fails to generate any interest whatsoever. The characters are implausible and the narration falls far short of Ms McMahon’s usual high standard. A total waste of time and money. Certainly didn’t need to use the sleep timer to switch it off before falling asleep.

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Interesting book , very griping

I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and kept you gripped. Well narrated and evokes a good vision of both Italy and London .

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Enjoyable book

I really enjoyed this book it was well written and narrated with great characters. Italy sounds amazing and somewhere everyone should try and visit in their lifetime.

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Boring and unlikeable characters

Unfortunately I just couldn’t get into this. I really didn’t like the characters. Alba was a really unlikeable character in particular. Very disappointed as I’ve read lots of Santa’s books and they are usually very good but this one was not up to her usual standard. Unfortunately when the characters are unlikeable you don’t become invested in the story and really don’t care what happens and that’s what this book has been for me sadly. Couldn’t wait to finish it and glad it’s over now!

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TOTALLY ENJOYABLE

Loved this story from beginning to end. The narration was delivered was delivered brilliantly.