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The Sea of Lost Love

Santa Montefiore, Author
Santa Montefiore, Author . Touchstone $15 (437p) ISBN 978-1-4165-4373-2
Reviewed on: 01/07/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008

A young woman finds love and sudden maturity in this charmingly melodramatic romance from the author of The Gypsy Madonna . Tragedy strikes an upper-class English family at its Cornish manor house in 1958: Robert “Monty” Montague has vanished, leaving behind a pile of debts, a pair of shoes washed up on the beach, a drifting motorboat bearing his gold pocket watch and a note in a bottle that reads, “Forgive me.” His spoiled daughter, the impossibly beautiful 21-year-old Celestria, is forced out of her shallow complacency to discover why her father, whom everyone loved and assumed to be so happy, apparently drowned himself. She follows a trail of bank statements to a seaside Italian convent converted into a family-run hotel. There, she encounters Hamish McCloud, a surly Scotsman who loathed Monty and, after a rocky start, develops a very different feeling toward Celestria. The prose is florid and fitting for the ridiculously, deliciously escapist whirlwind romance that envelopes Celestria and Hamish as the over-the-top revelations about Monty come to light. (May)

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