Four Hundred and Forty Steps to the Sea
On Sale: August 28, 2018
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Women's Fiction Historical | Romance Historical
In a richly romantic novel set in stunning Positano,
Italy, Sara Alexander weaves a story of love, family
loyalty, and sacrifice spanning five decades . . .
Nestled into the cliffs in southern Italy’s Amalfi coast,
Positano is an artist’s vision, with rows of brightly hued
houses perched above the sea and picturesque staircases
meandering up and down the hillside. Santina, still a
striking woman despite old age and the illness that saps her
last strength, is spending her final days at her home, Villa
San Vito. The magnificent eighteenth-century palazzo is very
different from the tiny house in which she grew up. And as
she decides its fate, she must confront the choices that led
her here so long ago . . .
In 1949, Positano is as yet undiscovered by tourists, a
beautiful, secluded village shaking off the dust of war.
Hoping to escape poverty, young Santina takes domestic work
in London, ultimately becoming a housekeeper to a
distinguished British major and his creative, impulsive
wife, Adeline. When they move to Positano, Santina returns
with them, raising their daughter as Adeline’s mental health
declines. With each passing year, Santina becomes more
deeply enmeshed within the family, trying to navigate her
complicated feelings for a man who is much more than an
employer—while hiding secrets that could shatter the only
home she knows . . .
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