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From the Publisher
The internationally bestselling author of "The French Gardener"
presents a complex and irresistibly compelling novel that confirms
the remarkable power of love to heal and transform.
Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the beauty of the
magnificent Tuscan villa that overlooks the sea just outside her
small village. She likes to spy from the crumbling wall into the
gardens and imagine that one day she'll escape her meager existence
and live there surrounded by its otherworldly splendor. Then one
day Dante, the son of the villa's powerful industrialist owner,
invites her inside and shows her the enchanting Mermaid Garden.
From that moment, Floriana knows that the only destiny for her is
there, in that garden, with Dante. But as they grow up and fall in
love, their romance causes a crisis, 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 after
the financial crash of 2008. Its owner, Marina, advertises for an
artist to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. The
man she hires is charismatic and wise and soon begins to pacify the
discord in her family and transform the fortunes of the hotel.
However, he has his own agenda. Is it to destroy, to seduce, or to
heal? Whatever his intentions, he is certain to change Marina's
Spanning four decades and sweeping from the Italian countryside to
the English coast, this new story by Santa Montefiore is a moving
and mysterious tale of love, forgiveness, and the past revealed.
This novel was published under the title "The House by the Sea" in