The Mermaid Garden

The Mermaid Garden

Book - 2011
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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 other worldly 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.--From inside front jacket cover.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451624304
Branch Call Number: FIC/MONTEFIORE
Characteristics: viii, 418 p. ; 24 cm.


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Oct 01, 2018

Loved this book! If you want to be transported to Tuscany this will take you there! You can almost smell the lemon trees! And if you want to see the inspiration for the Polzanze country Hotel, have a look atthe website for the Endsleigh Country House Hotel in Devon! This is a good story spanning four decades and flipping between Tuscany and Devon. With a cat burglar thrown in! The fly sheet will tell you what the story is about. Well worth a read :-)

Woolcrazy Sep 23, 2015

Also available under the title "The House by the Sea"

Jul 04, 2015

I wanted to love this book but I didn't. Some of the characters annoyed me, the timeline of the story was inconsistent, and pats of it weren't very believable to me.


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