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eBook The Italian Matchmaker ePub

by Juanita McMahon,Santa Montefiore

  • ISBN: 1407440047
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Juanita McMahon,Santa Montefiore
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • ePub book: 1347 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1572 kb
  • Other: azw lrf txt lit
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 284

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Praise for Santa Montefiore and THE ITALIAN MATCHMAKER: ‘This is quite simply a beautiful read and will make . The Italian Matchmaker will lighten up even the most gloomy of readers’.

Praise for Santa Montefiore and THE ITALIAN MATCHMAKER: ‘This is quite simply a beautiful read and will make you believe again in love that conquers all’. Montefiore is adept at writing perceptive character analysis. If you’ve finally got that longed for glass of chilled Prosecco. now is the perfect time to read this gripping romance.

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Santa Montefiore has achieved her usual high standard of writing, she takes you to Italy and you live with her characters, another could not put down book. I have read all her books to date and cannot wait for her next novel, well worth reading.

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That’s the man,’ said Rosa, her pale eyes appraising him appreciatively. Cosima said he was tall, dark and handsome. I’m glad she noticed,’ said Alba rs. He’s gorgeous! If I wasn’t married. ‘The way you and Eugenio behave it’s a miracle you still are. You two fight like cats and dogs. But the making up is so delicious,’ Rosa countered, with a smile. Who’s he with, I wonder? His father?’. The old man? He’s English. He’s been here before – from the palazzo. You’d better serve them, Rosa

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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. But life on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast is not as peaceful as Luca anticipates.

The Italian Matchmaker. By (author) Santa Montefiore, Read by Juanita McMahon.

Juanita McMahon's dramatic voice and precise British accent are a hypnotizing combination in this beautifully presented story of faith, love, and family. Luca, handsome and wealthy but disenchanted with life, visits his parents in their home, the recently restored Palazzo Montelimone, in the town of Incantellaria in Italy.

Montefiore’s latest book, with its supernatural plotline, is a departure from her usual stuff. I love stories that provoke emotion and The Italian Matchmaker did just that. It’d be a great book to take on holiday – especially if you’re heading for Italy. However, fans will be relieved that all her other ingredients are present and correct: the exotic setting, the beautiful, privileged, mildly conflicted characters and lashings of romance. London Life – The Italian Matchmaker – 2009. Five Star ‘I felt transported to one of the quaintest parts of Italy by this book, which is an exceptional story of love, life and death and spirit. The sub-plots and absorbing twists made it a real page-turner.

Do you believe in love after death? Gianluca's life is empty. His 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, he flees to Italy. But life on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast is not as peaceful as Luca anticipates...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

Comments

Cozius Cozius
The Italian Matchmaker by Santa Montefiore is an excellent book and takes you away to the Italian coast for a love story with mystery! Not deep but a good read to take your mind off work!
Barit Barit
I loved this story, the characters were different and wonderful, I wanted to pack up and find that village and the café, order my coffee and stay. I wanted to be a part of that community. It was a charming storyline with a difference. If you are a romantic - read and enjoy!
Dori Dori
Keeps you interested and wanting to read more. Her way of writing makes you feel like you are actually in the story. Very enjoyable book. Probably not quite as good as The French Gardener but still kept me intrigued.
Arlelond Arlelond
Luca, a half-Italian, rich banker has been through a painful divorce and has decided to take stock of his life. He decides to leave the City behind and, at the suggestion of a friend (and, inevitably, ex-lover) he decides to take off for the summer to visit his parents who have, fortuitously, recently renovated an old palazzo in the sadly fictitious Incantellaria on the Amalfi coast. Here, his parents live with a rich assortment of eccentric friends in residence, including a pet pig.

Before we go on, there are some things I have forgotten to tell you about Luca - not only is he rich, but he is `devilishly handsome'. Oh, and he has a long-suppressed ability to see spirits (the ghostly kind, not the gin variety). This comes in handy since the palazzo is reputedly haunted and he soon falls under the spell of a Latin beauty in mourning for her drowned son, whose spirit only Luca can see.

Yes, we are in the world of romantic fiction full of ruggedly handsome men and Latin ladies who are 'as voluptuous as a ripe peach`. It's fabulous escapism and `'The Italian Matchmaker'` is well-written enough with a story that cracks on at a terrific pace, which it's best just to relax into and enjoy the ride. OK, so the characters are thinner than a slice of Palma Ham, and the story isn't the most likely you will come across, but Santa Montefiore knows how to create exotic atmosphere and how to keep the reader wanting more. What makes this book stand out from the crowd of romantic novels is the added spice of the supernatural. The author claims to have seen spirits `on and off' throughout her life - but whether you believe in ghosts or not, there's no doubt that it adds spice and mystery to the story and it's a largely successful combination as Luca discovers the secrets of the palazzo and gets closer to what he really wants in life.

The palazzo was formerly the home of an Italian Marchese who, during the war, had a relationship with a young girl of the town(Valentina) and spent romantic nights with her in a folly which he had built in the grounds - which the new owners have not disturbed. When he discovered that the girl was having other affairs and threatening to run off to London to get married, he murdered her. The family, in good Italian style, subsequently took their lethal revenge on the Marchese. Various generations of the family of the unfortunate girl (including Luca's love interest) still run the local trattoria and stories abound in the town as to whether the palazzo is haunted. And who continually disturbs the bedding, Goldilocks-style, in the folly?

Fans of Santa Montefiore may recognise many of the characters from her earlier book `'Last Voyage of the Valentina'`, which deals with some of the back-story. I had not read that earlier book and this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of `'The Italian Matchmaker'`, although when I discovered this in hindsight, it did make me think that maybe some of the characters mentioned may mean more to readers of the earlier book.

So why haven't I rushed out to spend my hard earned pennies on this earlier book? Well, I do have some reservations. To be fair, I am in the wrong 50% of the main target audience for romantic fiction, but I can certainly appreciate the genre and don't expect in depth characters and likely plots. That's part of the charm. But there is a repetitiveness about some of the descriptions (I lost count of the number of girls who were likened to various ripe fruits) and there are a couple of occasions where the words spoken by characters go too far from reality even accepting the norms for this genre. At one point a character clumsily introduces some back story to her husband with `As you know, thirty years ago I discovered that [x] murdered the Marchese`. At another, our hero Luca says to the object of his affections `I want to make love to you' adding `I know. I won't push you, my darling. I just want you to know I desire you`. Now I'm sorry, but people don't talk like that. Ever. Even in romantic situations in Italy, no matter how like a ripe fruit the person you are with may be. I have to admit that these did slightly hinder my enjoyment and enthusiasm for the book.

The Epilogue was also one dose of slush too far for me, but that may just be my cynical male genes kicking in again.

Overall, this would be a great summer holiday read, or alternatively curled up in front of the fire dreaming of summer days - with a nice glass of Italian wine, naturally. It's an uplifting, page turning yarn and good escapism - and as the nights get longer, who doesn't want a bit of that?