Search Results: "Santa Montefiore"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WOMAN FROM PARIS by Santa Montefiore
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Often clichéd and sometimes simply leaden prose smothers this tale."
David Frampton, heir to the family fortune and position, has guarded his heart for years. But then he spots beautiful Phaedra Chancellor. Could he actually find love at his own father's funeral? Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE by Santa Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The ghost provides the message of the story: We are not alone, death is not the end, and love is all that matters. As she says, 'Why does it take so much unhappiness to make us realize that there is nothing of any value in our lives but love?'"
Montefiore's eighth novel (The Woman From Paris, 2013, etc.) is a love story with so many layers that perhaps it's best to call it a story about love. Toss in broken family ties, a tragic death and a ghost who must also learn to love, and the secrets gradually unfold. Read full book review >

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THE SEA OF LOST LOVE by Santa Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"An old-fashioned romance tidily delivered."
Love and loss turn a rebellious heroine into a better person in the latest by a popular British romantic novelist. Read full book review >

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LAST VOYAGE OF THE VALENTINA by Santa Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"Old-fashioned, sentimental melodrama, written with finesse and page-turning energy."
Popular British novelist Montefiore, a media glam girl who hangs with the likes of Prince Charles, enters the U.S. market with a murder-romance that travels between swinging 1970s London and WWII Italy. Read full book review >

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THE GYPSY MADONNA by Santa Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"Who has the patience for a hero this cloying and self-important, or for plot turns this clunky?"
Stolen art, Nazi collaborators in WWII rural France and a larger-than-life guitar-twanging American named Coyote add up to no more than lukewarm melodrama in British romance novelist Montefiore's second to appear in the U.S. (after Last Voyage of the Valentina, 2006). Read full book review >

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THE MERMAID GARDEN by Santa Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"An absorbing plot conveyed in woefully clichéd language: Montefiore's hearts are always swelling, filling or leaping."
An Englishwoman with a mysterious past struggles to hold on to a country hotel. Read full book review >

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SASHENKA by Simon Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Katinka's archival research is as suspenseful as Sashenka's trials in this deft fiction debut."
Inspired by a true story, historian Montefiore (Young Stalin, 2007, etc.) turns novelist to profile a young revolutionary who leads an exemplary Marxist life until a romantic misadventure puts her in Stalin's sights. Read full book review >

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YOUNG STALIN by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2007

"Essential to understanding one of the 20th century's premier monsters and the nation he wrought."
Joe Stalin, gang-banger. Read full book review >

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ONE NIGHT IN WINTER by Simon Sebag Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A kind of Virgin Suicides for the Soviet set, speaking to much that's dark in the human soul—but to what can redeem it, too."
British historian Montefiore turns in his second novel, a foreboding tale of Soviet Russia based on actual events. Read full book review >

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SOMME by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"A beautifully crafted, blow-by-blow account with deep insight into the lives of these diverse young men."
A painstaking chronological account of the hideously marred attack on the German entrenchments at the Somme, July-September 1916. Read full book review >

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THE ROMANOVS by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A magisterial portrayal of these 'megalomaniacs, monsters and saints' as eminently human and fallible."
A lively work illustrating the personalities, sensuality, and steely wills of the long line of Russian rulers. Read full book review >

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ENIGMA by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The Enigma story continues to enthrall and delight, even after 50 years and a few dozen accounts: don't miss this one. (photos, not seen)"
It wasn't only a crew of eccentric English mathematicians with brains the size of basketballs who cracked the Germans' Enigma code during WWII, but a whole cast of spies and soldiers as well, says journalist Sebag-Montefiore in this magnetic story of breaking the cipher. Read full book review >