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
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
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
Montefiore has a spell...more
However, I don't really believe in love at first sight. It's just not possible (I speak for myself). You can feel an instant connection with a stranger but love them? No.
This book is a good one!
I didnt really empathise with the main character. I found her irritating but maybe i was supposed to. But it got a bit too Shirley Valentine for me . What are the chances of returning to your birth place to find nothinghas changed and everyone knows who you are?
The author uses a very large "canvas" to create an almost epic story of a woman's effort to find her family roots-- but this is a poor synopsis. Read it!