Last Voyage of the Valentina Author:Santa Montefiore 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. ... more »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.« less
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Where do I even begin with this book. It was captivating, thought provoking, emotion tugging beauty filled with dimensional characters that will have you laughing, crying, and wondering what will happen next. The book goes back and forth from past to present so that you may get an idea of things that are taking place that are relevant to this beautiful story. It is set in 1960's London for the most part and then 1940's Italy. The author really caught the sentiment and setting of the Italian landscape and at times will have you wishing you were there to see it all. Full of mystery and suspense this book is sure to have you going from page to page and beginning to end without stopping.