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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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Once more Santa Montefiore hits the sweet spot for perfect summer reading. Arethusa Clayton’s dying wish is for her ashes to be scattered in a remote corner of Ireland; a desire that nobody in her family understands given that she has lived on the East Coast of America for years. But Arethusa’s last request unlocks a mystery about her past that her daughter Faye is determined to solve. Poignant, romantic and populated by beautifully realised characters, Montefiore’s latest is one of her very best.

The enchanting new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author, Santa Montefiore. The perfect summer read for 2019!

'Let the wind take me and the soft rain settle me into the Irish soil from where I came. And may my sins be forgiven.'

Arethusa Clayton has always been formidable, used to getting her own way. On her death, she leaves unexpected instructions. Instead of being buried in America, on the wealthy East Coast where she and her late husband raised their two children, Arethusa has decreed that her ashes be scattered in a remote corner of Ireland, on the hills overlooking the sea.

All Arethusa ever told Faye was that she grew up in a poor farming family and left Ireland, alone, to start a new life in America as did so many in those times of hardship and famine. But who were her family in Ireland and where are they now? What was the real reason that she turned away from them? And who is the mysterious benefactor of a significant share of Arethusa's estate?

Arethusa is gone. There is no one left to tell her story. Faye feels bereft, as if her mother's whole family has died with her. Leaving her own husband and children behind, she travels to the picturesque village of Ballinakelly, determined to fulfil her mother's last wish and to find out the reason for Arethusa's insistence on being laid to rest in this faraway land.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471169625
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 34 mm


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Praise for Santa Montefiore:

'Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore.' - Jojo Moyes

'An enchanting read, overflowing with deliciously poignant moments.' - Dinah Jeffries 

'Santa Montefiore hits the spot for me like few other writers.' - Sarra Manning

'One of our personal favourites.' - The Times

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“Self discovery”

I really enjoy getting engrossed in a Santa Montefiore book and this was definitely no exception. Set primarily in 1961 with flashbacks to the end of the nineteen century this is the story of Faye, a woman in her late... More

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