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  • Hodder & Stoughton

Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree

Santa Montefiore

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance

An epic sweeping story of forbidden love set in the Argentine

Sofia Solanas grows up on a magnificent ranch in the middle of the Argentine pampa. Spoilt, wilful, resourceful and proud, she is 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.

Then Sofia embarks on a passionate love affair that can only bring shame upon the family. When a horrified Anna discovers the relationship, she sends Sofia away to Europe, inadvertently exiling her from her family and the man she loves for over twenty years. And then a family tragedy calls Sofia home.

Following the story of the Solanas family in Argentina during the tumultous years of political upheaval, and Sofia's life in exile, MEET ME UNDER THE OMBU TREE is a moving, evocative and unforgettable story of love and forgiveness from a brilliant new voice.

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Praise for Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree

  • The descriptions of Argentina are fascinating, there is enough of a sprinkling of politics to keep readers on their toes and, as ever, the predicament of star-crossed lovers is the stuff of delicious escapism.' - Sunday Times

  • A brilliant first novel and a classic piece of storytelling. - OK Magazine

  • ambitious . . . contains all the basic ingredients of a satisfying saga. It is impossible not to root for Sofia. - Sunday Telegraph

  • All the ingredients of a classic romantic read - thwarted love, exotic locations and lifestyles of the rich and famous. - Daily Mail

  • Plenty of intrigue and passion. - Birmingham Evening Mail

  • An impressive debut. Intelligent and well researched. - Hampshire Chronicle

  • All the ingredients for a big romantic read - keep a box of tissues handy. - Woman

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Santa Montefiore

Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 to an Anglo-Argentine mother, and read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She lives in London with her husband, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and their two children. Visit Santa's website at

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