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Publisher Description

An irresistibly compelling from the internationally bestselling author

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 meagre existence and live there. One day, Dante, the son of the villa's powerful industrialist owner, invites her inside. From that moment on Floriana knows that her destiny is there, with him. But as they grow up they cross an unseen line, jeopardising 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. Its owner, Marina, advertises for an artist-in-residence to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. Rafael Santoro is charismatic and wise, and soon begins to pacify the discord in her family. However, Rafa is not who he seems. He has his own agenda. Whether to destroy, to seduce, or to heal, it is certain to affect them all.

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.

This book has been published in the US under the title The Mermaid Garden.

Fiction & Literature
July 21
Simon & Schuster UK

Customer Reviews

Santa Montefiore fan ,


The house by the sea is another wonderful book,such a lovely story. It has such feeling as do all the other books written by this author,I can't wait to start my next book, The secrets of the lighthouse.

Bluelindy55 ,

The House By The Sea

An excellent read, it really pulls you into the story. Emotional, but keeps you guessing!

Sezra69 ,

The House By the Sea

Ms Montefiore has done it again, and with such insight into human nature. Each book I read by SM I feel I am reading someone's personal diary, such is the depth of her characters. You know them inside out, you care about them, you feel every emotion with them. If you have yet to read one of the many great books she has written, what are you waiting for.....prepare to be taken on an emotional roller coaster, always set in the most utopian of places.

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