About The Book

A tale of war, of Italy, of a beautiful young woman and a terrible tragedy from the number on bestselling author of Songs of Love and War.
Italy, 1945. The war is over but its shadow still lingers. And deep in the lush countryside an eccentric aristocrat is savagely murdered in his beautiful palazzo.
London, 1971. Years later, this unsolved crime touches the life of Alba, a hedonistic girl who lives on a houseboat in swinging Chelsea.
Between these two distinctive times runs a thread of love, decadence and betrayal that takes Alba to the olive groves of the Amalfi Coast, rich with the scent of figs, the drama of wartime and the lingering decay of tragedy.
The past unfolds revealing a secret web of partisans and Nazis, peasants and counts and in the centre of it all, an alluring woman of mystery: her mother…

About The Author

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Santa Montefiore’s books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than six million copies in England and Europe. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at SantaMontefiore.co.uk.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (November 2014)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471132001

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Raves and Reviews

‘This is Santa Montefiore at her best – an enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments. If you love a heartfelt, epic trilogy this is for you. I loved it and can’t wait for more’

– Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife, on Songs of Love and War

‘Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart’

– Jojo Moyes

‘A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering,rekindling. The Beekeeper’s Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year’

– Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker, on The Beekeeper's Daughter

‘I raced through this feel-good romantic story, which spans continents and decades’

– Fanny Blake, Woman & Home on The Beekeeper's Daughter

‘This deeply romantic saunter is an ideal summer read. Laced with secrets and forbidden liaisons, it is sure to keep you turning the pages’

– The Lady on The Beekeeper's Daughter

‘Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher’

– Daily Mail

‘A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times’

– Vogue

‘A gripping romance . . . it is as believable as the writing is beautiful’

– Daily Telegraph

‘Anyone who likes Joanne Harris or Mary Wesley will love Montefiore’

– Mail on Sunday

‘One of our personal favourites and bestselling authors, sweeping stories of love and families spanning continents and decades’

– The Times

‘Engaging and charming’

– Penny Vincenzi

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