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  • Hodder & Stoughton

The Italian Matchmaker

Santa Montefiore

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A perfect blend of aspirational yet accessible writing to appeal to female readers of all ages

Do you believe in love after death

Gianluca has to admit his life is empty. 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. In search of serenity and a deeper purpose to his existence, he flees to Italy, to the magical Palazzo Montelimone lovingly restored by his parents, to chill and to assess his future. But life on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast is not as peaceful as Luca anticipates.

The palazzo is filled with his mother's eccentric friends and haunted by the ghosts of its murderous past. He meets a woman whose dark eyes are heavy with sorrow and a solemn little boy with an incredible secret. As he begins to unravel a mystery that has its roots in a long-ago act of violence, Luca is forced to face his greatest fear in exchange for the greatest truth.

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Praise for The Italian Matchmaker

  • If you've finally got that longed for glass of chilled Prosecco . . . now is the perfect time to read this gripping romance . . . It is as believable as the writing is beautiful. - Daily Telegraph

  • This is quite simply a beautiful read and will make you believe again in love that conquers all - News of the World on THE ITALIAN MATCHMAKER

  • Santa Montefiore does sweeping canvases of luxury life to a T - Daily Mail on THE ITALIAN MATCHMAKER

  • THE ITALIAN MATCHMAKER will light up even the most gloomy of readers - Sunday Express

  • Stunning setting, compelling storyline, powerful emotions - it's Santa Montefiore at her gloriously intoxicating best - Daily Record on THE ITALIAN MATCHMAKER

  • Both a love story and a ghost story wrapped in Italian sunshine. - Choice

  • Deeply atmospheric - Woman on THE ITALIAN MATCHMAKER

  • Intricate and well written - perfect for a rainy bank holiday. - Company

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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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