The irresistible new novel set between 1960s Tuscany and present-day Devon, from number one bestseller Santa Montefiore Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the beauty of the magnificent Tuscan villa just outside her small village, and dreams of living there someday.
When Dante, the son of the villa's owner, invites her inside, she knows that her destiny is there, with him.
But as they grow up they cross an unseen line, jeopardizing the very thing they hold most dear... Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country house hotel on England's Devon coast has fallen on hard times.
Its owner, Marina, hires an artist-in-residence to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint.
The man she finds is charismatic and wise and begins to pacify the discord in her family and transform the fortunes of the hotel.
However, it soon becomes clear that he is not who he seems... From the Italian countryside to the English coast, The House by the Sea is a moving and mysterious tale of love, forgiveness and the past revealed. This book has been published in the US under the title The Mermaid Garden.