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Summary

Gianluca's life is empty. His City job, his seven-figure income, his glossy girlfriends - all have long ceased to satisfy him. His marriage is over, and he barely knows his young daughters. In search of serenity and a deeper purpose, he flees to Italy. But life on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast is not as peaceful as Luca anticipates...
©2009 Santa Montefiore (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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gripping & very atmospheric

Close your eyes and you can feel the heat of the afternoon and the scent of lemons. The storyline will keep you alert while the vivid desciption of the South of Italy will make you want to rush and book your next holiday there. The characters are very real and their story compelling, all the more intriguing by the mysterious Francesco.

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Rather plodding tale

I did get to the end of this, but at times it was a close-run thing. In the end I just wanted to finish it and move on. I've listened to better books by Santa Montefiore and I was disappointed with this one, it seemed to be such a lovely setting and interesting premise

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Umm

I would have enjoyed it more, if it weren't for the narrator, sickly sweet like syrup. no-one in the world speaks like that, almost to patronising , directed toward us listeners. Story good, but dragged out the last few chapters, where you just wanted to shout get on with it.

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Absolutely excellent!

Such a rich and decadent listen. This narrator has done a wonderful job. I felt I was in Italy! Wonderful characters... sad, hopeful and comical. Beautiful book.

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An Italian Delight

What an amazing lovely book. Wasnt sure of it when I chose it , but I wanted to loose myself in a story set abroad. Certainly did that . This book is a must if you love romance , but it has a touch of a ghost story weaved into it , which for me was the best part. Highly recommend this book. Yes it's a little old fashioned, but so what ? It's very true to the Italian way of life . The ending was moving, and I realised what the title of the book meant . But you will probably realise that much sooner ! As I dont try to guess , I just enjoy it as I listen. The narrator was excellent too. It wasnt difficult to get into , very enjoyable right from the start.

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Wonderful

There was nothing to dislike in this story written by Santa Montefiore and read beautifully by Juanita McMahon. I absolutely loved it!

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Predictable but enjoyable

I was drawn into the story and characters.

The setting was very realistic, I could easily imagine the trattoria and the family running it, the traditions & undercurrents.

Some of the minor characters were a little 2 dimensional though this didn’t detract from the overall story. In fact it could have distracted from the main theme.

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So so

Brilliant narration pedantic predictable storyline. Prob good beach read to relax to, but no substance

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Romantic story beautifully written

This book has a beautiful story of romance and love and a little twist here and there to make you want to listen to more of the story. Very enjoyable and a great narrator too.

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Very enjoyable

I love Santa Montefiore audiobooks. Exotic places, lovable characters, well mostly! The narrator is extremely capable with many voices in her repertoire. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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  • Delah
  • 04-01-12

Excellent!

This was sooo good! The story was very interesting, different, interesting characters. The narrator did a TERRIFIC job. Highly recommend.

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  • L.W.
  • 12-08-12

Enjoyable

This is the second book I've purchased from this author.This was a better story. It had a sweet mystery to it.I do not buy many books with English narrators. That is personal to me. I felt a narrator that could of moved from English to an Italian accent would of helped separate the characters. Frankly I have been annoyed by this author;I can't figure out if it is the too numerous characters and subplots, or if it is the dialog.It's a good story that just drags. I listened all the way through but I don't want to listen again. The best books are ones you can listen to more than once.

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  • Susanne Anderson
  • 10-09-19

Sweet story

This is not my favourite story by this author. It is a sweet love story in Italy but not very exciting like donde of this author's other books. characters are likeable so I finished. predictable.