ABOUT THE BOOK
An idyllic Cornish holiday in the summer of 1958. A happy aristocratic family blessed with wealth and promise. But unbeknown to all of them, death stalks paradise. When catastrophe strikes in the most unexpected way, the tragedy first breaks Celestria Montague’s young heart – then shatters her every illusion.
With the backing of her grandfather, a flamboyant American robber baron, Celestria sets out to unravel the deadly yet bizarre riddle. Amongst the orange groves of Italy’s ruggedly beautiful southern coast, she finds a grotesque, bewildering mist of masquerades and mirrors. In this labyrinth of deception that threatens to destroy all her faith in family and affection, she meets a man who teaches her that truth is the heart of all love.
This was book 9 of my 20 Books of Summer 2020.
This was a perfect Summer read – very easy to escape into the world of the characters and let the scenery wash over you.
The plot for me though did fall a little flat as it all seemed to be over before it begun! The mystery built up really nicely with the disappearance/death of Monty, leaving his family behind to pick up the pieces and discover he wasn’t the man he made out to be but then it all kind of faded out and many threads of the story weren’t explored to their full potential which was a shame.
His daughter Celestria was at the heart of the story – used to living a glamorous life and never wanting for anything, she wasn’t the easiest of characters to care for, but I did like her attitude in wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery of her father and the action he took. The search takes her to Puglia after she finds some letters and this opens up a whole new world for her when she finds out the truth about her dad and the world he was involved in.
It’s a story of grief, love and family scandals and I enjoyed it.