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The Mermaid Garden: A Novel

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    a wonderful warm character study of paradise found, lost and regained

    In 1966 in Tuscany, her mother dumps ten year old Floriana Farussi on her alcoholic father before leaving. Floriana falls in love with teenage Dante Bonfanti. He is amused by her élan for life. However as they grow up, each knows they are soulmates.

    In 2009 in Devon, Marina and Grey Turner fear they will lose their Hotel Polzanze. They hire Argentine painter Rafa Santori to provide lessons to their guests. This proves successfully until Grey's miserable daughter Clementine arrives to the chagrin of her stepmother who knows her husband's offspring mantra is misery loves miserable people. However, everyone has issues, which makes it unlikely that the artist and the daughter will connect in spite of being in love.

    These two tales of young people in love at two locales over four decades apart deftly comingle into a cohesive entertaining story. Although straightforward in both eras, readers will feel they are walking the gardens of Tuscany and Devon accompanying the fully developed casts from both periods; as Santa Montefiore provides a wonderful warm character study of paradise found, lost and regained.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Great book

    3 stars instead of 5, only because I felt that the author included too many characters. I felt that at least 4 didn't pertain to the books story line. Other than that, I love Santa Montefiore's books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

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    Strongly recommend

    A very nice easy read. I enjoyed the author's ability to describe the various scenes. The story was very predictable with a few twists. I read this as a "tweenie" book so I could rest my mind.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    CLEMINTINE UGH...Bratty hostile 20something gets the guy...predictable

    Wanted to love this but found it irritating and life is too short to gag thru even one more novel about a sulky, selfish dis-satisfied 20something girl, with all of the advantages, old enough to know better, type of young woman, grousing about ...well...everything...but somehow manages to get the guy in the end...after unfeelingly making every body elses life a misery because ...well...its allll about her...terrible.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Ok

    Ok...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    Just as good as her other books!

    Warm characters, wonderful locations I wish that were real. Lots of twists and turns in the story line. The story just gives you a nice feeling while you are reading. "Heartwarming"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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