Saturday, June 21, 2014

Giveaway: The House by the Sea by Santa Montefiore

It's been a long time in coming, but finally it is official SUMMER!!!  That's something to celebrate, right?  I've cleaned off my bookshelves and found duplicates which means throughout the summer I am going to host a pile of giveaways.

All my giveaways will be open international, with the understanding that if you are outside of Canada/USA I will be shipping surface mail (and that might take 6 weeks to arrive).

This week I am offering a brand new copy of The House By The Sea by Santa Montefiore, never even cracked it open.  This book is also published under the title The Mermaid Garden (and I've got a copy of that too).

 Paperback, 499 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published January 1st 2011)

From the author of The French Gardener, a story about a hotel's summer artist-in-residence who touches lives in ways no one could imagine.

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.

Once winner choosen, winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, after which time another winner will  be picked.  Good luck!

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  1. I have read many of Santa Montefiore's novels and find them captivating and special. I am reading Ember Island by Kimberley freeman. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I just started Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch