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Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,770 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Spoilt, wilful, resourceful and proud, Sofia Solanas grows up on a magnificent ranch in the middle of the Argentine pampas, loved by all around her. All, that is, except her Irish mother, Anna, who punishes her daughter for her own sense of alienation and inadequacy while doting on her sons.

When a horrified Anna discovers that Sofia has embarked on a passionate love affair
Published November 15th 2001 by Coronet Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Lisa Bergin
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Having read all of Santa Montefiore's books I still think this first one is my favourite.
Rating: 3.5 stars

Big ol' family drama spanning several decades, continents and generations. Loved the first half in Argentina and Ireland, got bored in the middle in England, and loved the bittersweet final few chapters back in Argentina. Ohhh Santi.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

At first I thought it's going to be 5/5 read, but the middle part (about London) was extremely boring. I even didn't care and didn't have feelings for non-argentinian characters in this part.
I "hate" Maria for doing terrible things for Sofia and Santi.. so you can already guess I hate the ending.

Could Santa Montefiore rewrite this book, please? Because I can't sleep now.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was very interested in reading a novel based in Argentina, and this one is basically set in a large pampas area with a ranch large enough to support a number of families in their individual houses. Unfortunately I did not find the writing or the plot matching my expectations. Seemingly it is really pitched at a young adult reader with perhaps the author wishing for a contract to sign up to a daytime TV soap opera. Rather disappointing to the extent that after about the first hundred pages I si ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful love story. Not read one in a while complete indulgence. Mainly set in Argentina, described Buenos Aires as I remember would like to discover pampa.
Read for pop sugar challenge, book bought on a trip. I bought in Florida many moons ago.
Sarah Staddon-Phillips
Beautifully written and atmospheric. Characters who come alive through a haunting story. Spanning generations with a large eclectic mix but so well written you didn't feel lost
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sofia Solanas; definitely a character I won't be forgetting in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her. I lived the depth of her character and the twists and turns in the stories. Of course, being from Ireland there are parts of the story which I knew were a little unbelievable; Irish people at that time would have been very poor and anna's "poor girl from Ireland" on holidays in London just didn't make sense to me. you would have to have been extremely wealthy to be able to afford ...more
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
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Dec 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Omg, this was really an awful read. First 200 pages were about uninteresting and unconvincing Argentinian-Irish family and polo game, and the rest of the gibberish was just gibberish. Please note as well that this book has more than 550 pages. WTF?
I couldn’t stop reading... i wanted to know what was going to happen next. Such a beautiful story. Forbidden love
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Liked a review of a book by this author written by a goodreads friend... so decided to mooch something. So far am enjoying this book.

Well, rather sad really... interesting how the main character is really not so very nice at all - something that usually puts me off a book (don't like spending a lot of time with people I don't like), but here this didn't disturb me too much. I enjoyed reading about Buenos Aires and the pampa and a bit of history not so foreign to me...
Perhaps the lesson is that
Dec 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this one. One of my favourite books ever. Beautiful story about love, family and sacrifice. I cried a lot while reading it, but that's just another reason why I love it so much - I really enjoy books that make me cry.
Jade Bernier
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Emma Strauch
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
myself & my sister read this book many yrs ago & more than once, i didn't expect a book to make me cry but it did... so for me a great romantic read ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I quite like the way she writes - very readable if a bit sloppy and romantic but what's wrong with that?
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
There are only three words to describe this book:
Randy Ladenheim-Gil
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Another book I really wanted to love and couldn't quite. My understanding is this is the author's first book, which explains a lot (and I just bought one of her more recent books, so I AM giving her another try), and I wouldn't be surprised if it's based at least in part on her own background, so that explains more. Sofia first has a crush on and then falls in love with her first cousin, Santi, and when her parents find out she's pregnant at the age of 18, she's banished from her home in Argenti ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paula Sealey
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
A beautiful love story that spans several decades and countries, this book was a compelling read.

It was a little slow to begin with, but try not to be put off by the pace of the first chapter because after this the characters start to became familiar and the story truly takes off. I loved the rich descriptions of Argentina and life on the pampas, but it was the characters I took to my heart. They were so wonderfully written, none of them perfect but oh so realistic, just all trying to make the b
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 4 stars, which is unusual as I have rated Santa’s other books as 5*. I had this as a sample on Kindle and once the sample was finished, I nearly abandoned it. The first quarter of the book was so focussed on sibling rivalry and squabbles that quite frankly it was boring. However, The reviews on Amazon I formed me that the book would improve and I bought the book. It became more interesting when her parents’ story began and then faltered again for a short while before eventually ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Couldn't finish this book. My mom is a big fan of Santa Montefoire and for some reason the title captured my interest. Unfortunately, you kind of find out the significance of the Ombu Tree within the first few chapters, which to me kind of makes reading the entire book pointless. Definitely not going to sit through five hundred something chapters to see how it ends. Disappointed. Also all the date-changing didn't give me motivation to finish either. You're just getting to know one character and ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the Argentine setting and reading about this large family and their lifestyle on the pampas. I thought some of the writing was a bit boring/unsophisticated and the book was definitely too long. A lot could have been edited out to make the story drag on less, especially in the middle. I really do like this author, this is just not one of my favorite books of hers. I wondered if perhaps this was one of her earlier works?
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, 2017
I got bored with this book as it was far too long; it was an arduous journey to try reading to the end. The story surrounding Sofia and Santi was interesting in itself but it tended to get lost among the stories involving the other 20 characters. It was like wading through treacle at times. There is no doubt that it is an 'epic' but it certainly wasn't 'sweeping'.
Urtė Leškutė
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing style of Santa Montefiore reminds me a little bit of Isabel Allende but in a good way. There are mystery and family saga, love, friendship, new life and death. It's easy read, good for those who want to relax after a long and probably hard day. In this books I found some truly nice quotes about life and love. It's well written and I think it's worth to read...
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Santa Montefiore as a writer. Her characters are well defined and have depth that make you love or hate them, her stories are well delivered and have multiple layers that become revealed as the tale unfolds. There is trauma and truth, conflict and compassion, loss and loyalty, humor and humanness. You can't be disappointed reading any of her books...and I have read them all.
Tara Paes
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ending was a real letdown, especially for a love story written this beautifully. Its a tragic story that haunts you for a long time after reading it and makes you question the many injustices of life. I look forward to reading more of Montefiore's work.
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I don’t like the fact that they are related. I get it’s a book, but it kind of ruined it for me. I kept waiting for a dark family secret that maybe Sophias dad was adopted and they weren’t related but it never came😬. Beautifully written and very descriptive though.
Sharon Baillie
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another one of my favourites! What a fabulous first novel!
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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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