The Mermaid Garden
By Santa Montefiore
(Dreamscape Media, Compact Disc, 9781611202298)
Publication Date: May 2011
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Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the magnificent Tuscan villa just outside her small village. She likes to spy into the gardens and imagine that one day she'll live there. When Dante, the son of the villa's powerful owner, invites her inside and shows her the enchanting Mermaid Garden, she knows that her destiny is there, with Dante. But as they grow up, their romance jeopardizes everything they hold most dear. Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country hotel on England's Devon coast has fallen on hard times, and its owner, Marina, advertises for an artist to stay the summer. The man she hires begins to transform the fortunes of the hotel, and her family, but why is he really there?
Santa Montefiore's novels have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than three million copies in England and Europe. She studied Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She lives in London with her husband, historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, and their two children, Lily and Sasha.
Rosalyn Landor has worked as an actress since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles on PBS's Masterpiece Theater, miniseries on all major networks, films, theater, and audio productions. She has received an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards, and was chosen by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice of 2009.
"Rosalyn Landor's gentle voice and flowing delivery accentuate the lush romanticism of this tale...Landor's subtle accents help bring the foreign settings to life, and her characters are both realistic and likable." - AudioFile
"Two stories, two generations, and two beautiful European locales are neatly gift-wrapped into one sumptuous tale of love, loss, and redemption...Luxurious and romantic depictions of scenic Tuscany and the beautiful English coast." - Publishers Weekly
"An absorbing plot. It is to the author’s credit that she manages to prolong the puzzle until the not-so-bitter end." - Kirkus Reviews
"...Montefiore excels at juxtaposing the opulent with the ordinary in delicately woven tales that seamlessly traverse borders and span decades." - Booklist
"Montefiore has written another lovely fairy tale for grown-ups, intertwining two stories separated by time and place. Fans of women's fiction will be moved by the characters and eager to find out what happens to them." - Library Journal
"...a rich tale...will enchant those who read it." - The Examiner
"...spellbinding tale...Montefiore, a consummate storyteller, has a magical way of pulling her readers into her beautiful worlds where love triumphs...[an] intriguing and uplifting tale." - Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Santa Montefiore's charming, romantic novel...very real and believable characters...The icing on this delicious cake is the narration...Her sophisticated reading brings a touch of Hitchcock's suspense in To Catch a Thief and another touch of du Maurier's romance in Rebecca. Landor's characters breathe, Montefiore's descriptions glisten, and listeners...will not be able to turn this off until the end. Highly recommended as the best way to travel or to get away from everything these days." - SoundCommentary.com
"The Mermaid Garden has it all: secrets, mystery, passionate love affairs fueled by drama and determined by fate, and the grace notes of fairytales - evil stepmothers, cranky stepdaughters, and redemption in the wake of understanding in the hands of the great painter Rafa Santoro. Santa Montefiore is a wonder, you will not be able to put this novel down. Unforgettable!" - Adriana Trigiani, author of Brava, Valentine