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The Italian Matchmaker. Santa Montefiore

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  444 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Gianluca has to admit his life is empty. His high-pressure City job, his seven-figure income, his glossy girlfriends – all have long ceased to satisfy him. His marriage is over and he barely knows his young daughters. In search of serenity and a deeper purpose to his existence, he flees to Italy, to the magical Palazzo Montelimone lovingly restored by his parents, to chill ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2008)
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I enjoyed the story of Luca and Cosima, but was plain bored with 1) the endless repetition of what happened to Valentina and 2) the numerous flat characters residing at the Palazzo without bringing added value to the story... I definitely have read much better books of Santa Montefiore...
So, I didn't really enjoy this book.
The story was, in some way, hard for me to follow.
I was excited about the progress between Luca and Cosima, but I couldn't care less about the whole story around Valentina and the pallazzio. It was actually just plain boring... I hope that her other books will amuse me more...
While it's the sequel to The Last Voyage of the Valentina, this was a lovely stand-alone story with strong characters, a heart-warming romantic storyline, the perfect setting of a palazzo on the Amalfi coast and a nice touch of the supernatural. Most enjoyable.
É o meu primeiro livro da autora e posso dizer que adorei. Depois de uma semana sem muita vontade para ler, este livro conseguiu mandar embora a preguicite aguda que me tinha assolado. Uma boa leitura para as férias.
Kandie Sweeney
I have really enjoyed all Santa Montefiore's books and this one was no exception. They always transport me to the locations they are set in. I especially love her books that are set in Italy because I loved Italy. This book also had somewhat of a mysterious element to it as well which I enjoy. I couldn't put it down. This book came out about ten years ago and having read some of her more recent books, I think she has developed more depth in her writing since then. I still thoroughly enjoyed this ...more
Sonia Cristina
Este livro foi a minha estreia com Santa Montefiore. Apesar de eu ter as expetativas mais altas, foi uma leitura que me deu muito prazer, o que é ainda mais surpreendente por nas últimas 3 semanas(!) ter sido tão difícil encontrar um livro que me cativasse o interesse e a atenção. Este cativou!

Luca, recém divorciado e farto da vida que leva dedicada ao trabalho, decide vender a sociedade, deixar Londres e vai para Itália, para uma localidade chamada Incantellaria com a sua magia onde os pais rec
Louiza Egan
Although it irks me I can forgive a book where the leading characters are an extremely rich devilishly handsome mid life crisis rake from the city, and an (of course blonde and willowy and still beautiful) woman likened to a sugared almond - sweet as sugar on the outside and hard as a nut on the inside. But not if by nearing the end of disc 1 I am feeling I am trapped on the 'story' page of a less imaginative magazine aimed at the older woman, and we are STILL at the dinner party we began on. Wi ...more
An enjoyable,easy read book. Although the plot was fairly predictable I enjoyed the psychic aspect.
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Een heerlijk boek om in te verdwijnen...
Lucia Becci
I did enjoy this book. there is the voyage of the valentina to read first which I have read but forgot the story until I read some other reviews.however thoroughly enjoyed this I love a book that can bring out some emotion in you I am a sentimental old bugger so some tears were shed.the clairvoyance idea's in the book appeal to me anyway but for other's I can imagine they would find it tedious or hard to understand.
Laïla Macharis
Meeslepend romantisch verhaal. Aanrader!
Grappig tussen doortje.
Dit is mijn derde boek van Santa Montefiore,en het zijn allemaal prachtige verhalen en zo verschillend.
Ook van dit boek heb ik weer genoten en ging me niet snel genoeg,en toch tegen het einde had ik zoiets van......nee ik wil nog verder lezen.
Heerlijk romantisch en het mooie onverwachte...
Ik ben fan
Very good, I think I cried a little a few times. The title had me trying to figure the book out from the beginning, but I was totally wrong and really like it when I found out the true "match maker." Also made me want to go back to England and Italy!!
One of her finest books! I did not expect to like it that much! Even though I do not believe in ghosts - and thought that Cosima and Luca fell in love way to fast - I loved the plot! The other characters and their story lines are amazing!
So, this is a book for fans of fairytales, mistics and lovestories. But I liked it because of exceptional style of writing. I had a bright picture of place, emotions... Now, I've loved Incantelaria and this special castle)
Yvonne Klooster
Ben gestopt met lezen. Wat een voorspelbaar slap verhaal. De hoofdpersoon vind ik een arrogante kwal. Dit boek heeft voor mij een veel te hoog ' bouquetreeks gehalte' . Niet mijn idee van een goed boek. Jammer...
Luc Spiessens
Opnieuw een boek van deze schrijfster waarvan je warm wordt bij het einde van dit vlot geschreven bijna-sprookje.
Meeslepend vanaf de eerste zin. De ideale roman om in zomerstemming te komen! Santa Montefiore rules!
Andrea Venderbos-smit
Een niet onaardig boek, leest makkelijk weg in het zonnetje. Ik heb van Montefiore betere boeken gelezen.
was een lekker boek om te lezen...niet bijzonder maar heerlijk romantisch
Excelent book, but any book by this authro always is....
Pascale Mertens
Vakantieromannetje waar je niet moet bij nadenken!
An enjoyable read with interesting characters.
I enjoyed the book because of the Italian theme.
totally adored this book.
Enjoyable light read
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Born in England in 1970 Santa Montefiore grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. She read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University and spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires, where her mother grew up. She converted to Judaism in 1998 and married historian Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. They live with their two children, Lily ...more
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