Last Voyage of the Valentina
By Santa Montefiore
(Touchstone, Paperback, 9780743276863, 416pp.)
Publication Date: May 23, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Exotically beautiful but desperately unhappy, Alba lives on a houseboat on the Thames, where she enjoys a life of leisure and entertains an endless and unfulfilling succession of lovers. But then she discovers a portrait of her dead mother, Valentina -- a woman she'd hardly known, whose story has been kept from her by her still grieving father. Determined to learn the truth about Valentina, Alba returns to the olive groves of the Amalfi coast of Italy. There she uncovers a mysterious tale of decadence, deception, murder, and betrayal involving partisans and Nazis, peasants and counts. Alba's journey leads her not only to the truth of her mother's hidden past but to the possibility of happiness in her own future.
Santa Montefiore is the internationally bestselling author of several novels, including The French Gardener and The Last Voyage of the Valentina. She lives in London with her husband, historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, and their two children. Visit her website at SantaMontefiore.com.
"Sensual, sensitive and complex . . . a passionate page-turning life journey and a dark mystery that sweeps from war-torn Italy to aristocratic 1960s London." -- Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes
"Escape into a world of ardent love and doomed desire . . ." -- InStyle (UK)
"If you are a fan of the old-fashioned blockbuster and are fond of a little Rosamunde Pilcher-style nostalgia, this is just the ticket." -- Glamour (UK)
"The stuff of delicious escapism." -- The Sunday Times (UK)
"Santa Montefiore is a superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times." -- Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes