The Mermaid Garden: A Novel

The Mermaid Garden: A Novel

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by Santa Montefiore
     
 

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Previously published as The Mermaid Garden

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

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Previously published as The Mermaid Garden

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 life forever.

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.

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"Montefiore is a grand storyteller."

— Emily Melton, Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451628937
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
239,087
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Santa Montefiore’s novels have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than three million copies in Europe. She studied Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She lives in London with her husband, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, and their two children. Visit her website at SantaMontefioreAuthor.com.

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Mermaid Garden 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
msdarann More than 1 year ago
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!
crimekitty763 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Archer8852 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Ok...
lucky1_ More than 1 year ago
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"