Last Voyage of the Valentina (Paperback)

By Santa Montefiore

Touchstone Books, 9780743276863, 389pp.

Publication Date: June 6, 2006



Set in London during the swinging sixties and Italy's Amalfi coast after Word War II, The Last Voyage of the Valentina is an epic romance with a dark uncercurrent of suspense from an author the Daily Mail (UK) has declared "is the new Rosamunde Pilcher."

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.

Praise For Last Voyage of the Valentina

"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