Last Voyage of the Valentina
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. Determined to learn the truth...more
Uma narrativa trágica, mas ao mesmo tempo romântica, sobre dois amantes que se conhecem num cenário de quase pós-guerra, que não termina da melhor forma.
Uma viagem entre o passado de Thomas, pai de Alba e do presente desta somos lev ...more
I am not surprisingly, considering where I currently live, drawn to novels set in Italy. This turned out to be not as atmospheric as one might have hoped, but it was still a reasonable easy read for a sunny afternoon.
Romantic escapism set in England and Italy in the 1940’s and the 1970’s, the novel starts with a Prologue telling us about an honour murder committed at the end of WWII. This mystery behind this murder is finally solved in the 1970’s when Alba ...more
Montefiore has a spell ...more
I had a hard time getting into this book ... The main character Alba is a gorgeous girl who gets everything she wants, including a string of lovers she can use at will. She has never worked a day in her life, not wanted for anything - but the knowledge of her mother.
Without the truth, she constructed a fantasy about her mother, which colored her perceptions of (and relationships with) others.
As a horribly spoiled and selfish brat, I had ...more
I was hoping that reading a book by this widely available author would fill the void now that I've read pretty much everything by authors such as Lucinda Riley. But I was quite disappointed. The blurb sounded like an intriguing foray into WWII Italy, with the usual plotline of family secrets, etc.
The first thing to note is that the main character, Alba, is completely unlikeable in my opinion. At age 26, her only claim to fame is sleeping with anything that moves on her houseboat ...more
After a shaky start at the first few chapters, I have to say I loved this book. I picked it randomly off my mums bookshelf when I finished my previous book today , and had nothing else to read with me.
From the moment I was introduced to Alba and her family , I knew this was going to be a book with a mystery buried deep that needed solving.
I must admit that at first I disliked Alba finding her a very selfish person, but on her relocation to Italy she blossomed and became a much better person. F ...more
Alba viveu toda a sua vida sem nunca poder falar sobre a Mãe: Valentina, uma italiana lindissima que ...more
It has romance, sex, mystery and beautiful Italian setting all in one book
What I loved most was the unpredictable ending - not the happy ever after that you would expect, but great. Well worth reading.
Alba's character was a bit flat but I loved Fitz and their eccentric friend Viv. The life on the houseboats was also very interesting ...more