The House by the Sea

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What to expect

The irresistible novel set between 1960s Tuscany and present-day Devon…

Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the beauty of the magnificent Tuscan villa just outside her small village, and dreams of living there someday. When Dante, the son of the villa’s owner, invites her inside, she knows that her destiny is there, with him. But as they grow up they cross an unseen line, jeopardizing the very thing they hold most dear…

Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country house hotel on England’s Devon coast has fallen on hard times. Its owner, Marina, hires an artist-in-residence to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. The man she finds is charismatic and wise and begins to pacify the discord in her family and transform the fortunes of the hotel. However, it soon becomes clear that he is not who he seems…

From the Italian countryside to the English coast, The House by the Sea is a moving and mysterious tale of love, forgiveness and the past revealed.

‘The House by the Sea has it all: secrets, mystery, passionate love affairs fuelled by drama and determined by fate, and the grace notes of fairytales – evil stepmothers, cranky stepdaughters, and redemption in the wake of understanding in the hands of the great painter Rafa Santoro. Santa Montefiore is a wonder. Unforgettable!’ –Adriana Trigiani

‘Like her countrywomen Barbara Taylor Bradford and Penny Vincenzi, Montefiore excels at juxtaposing the opulent with the ordinary in delicately woven tales that seamlessly traverse borders and span decades’ –Booklist

‘Santa Montefiore does sweeping canvases of luxury life to a T’ –Daily Mail

‘Santa Montefiore is a marvel’ –Sunday Express

`A sweeping saga taking us from the grandeur of 70’s Italian aristocracy to a struggling hotel in contemporary Devon.’ Glamour Magazine

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