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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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Wordy flat story

The narrator simulates weird voices that doesn’t match the characters and this gets annoying in the progress.
This story could have been told in way shorter time.
Overall plain, sexist and discriminating against women.
Women are either sexy and sexually wanted in the sense of objects or they are considered to be a classic house wife.
One example is the professor who makes constantly sexist statements about Rosa and others.
Really really bad at all.

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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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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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A boy named Francisco

Enjoyed the story immensely, well narrated and always enjoy Santa Montefiore books, look forward to the next one.

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perfect

I loved this book, great story, great characters and a great narrator. would definitely recommend. I have read a few santa montefiore books and have enjoyed all of them.

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boring I'm afraid

really struggled with this - sadly, but without a second thought, I gave up at chapter 3

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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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  • Carrie E. Fox
  • 19-01-22

Gloriously Enchanting!

I love this Author. This incredible story truly touched me in so many ways. Descriptive, Heartwarming, Curious, and Lovely. The narrator was one of the best I have ever listened to! ❤️🇮🇹📚

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  • Susanne Bergesen
  • 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.