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The Swallow and the Hummingbird

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A sweeping story of love that stretches across the years from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War.
 The war has ended and Rita Fairweather is waiting for George Bolton, her childhood sweetheart, to return home to Devon. She wants their future to be a continuing reassurance of their past. But George comes back as a man changed by the horrors he has experienced.
 Unable to settle back into a small-town life, George decides to travel to Argentina. And Rita promises to wait. But George faces irresistible temptation and an agonising choice. As the years pass, Rita keeps her word, but how long should she wait for the love of the life?

Photograph by Elaine Fattal

Born in England in 1970, Santa Montefiore grew up in Hampshire. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London.

‘This is Santa Montefiore at her best – an enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments. If you love a heartfelt, epic trilogy this is for you. I loved it and can’t wait for more’

– Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife, on Songs of Love and War

‘Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart’

– Jojo Moyes

‘A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering,rekindling. The Beekeeper’s Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year’

– Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker, on The Beekeeper's Daughter

‘I raced through this feel-good romantic story, which spans continents and decades’

– Fanny Blake, Woman & Home on The Beekeeper's Daughter

‘This deeply romantic saunter is an ideal summer read. Laced with secrets and forbidden liaisons, it is sure to keep you turning the pages’

– The Lady on The Beekeeper's Daughter

‘Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher’

– Daily Mail

‘A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times’

– Vogue

‘A gripping romance . . . it is as believable as the writing is beautiful’

– Daily Telegraph

‘Anyone who likes Joanne Harris or Mary Wesley will love Montefiore’

– Mail on Sunday

‘One of our personal favourites and bestselling authors, sweeping stories of love and families spanning continents and decades’

– The Times

‘Engaging and charming’

– Penny Vincenzi

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