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Four hundred and forty steps to the sea

Author: Sara Alexander
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019. ©2018
Series: Thorndike Press large print clean reads.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Fiction : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Realistic fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Large type books
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Alexander
ISBN: 9781432854850 1432854852
OCLC Number: 1050456515
Description: 639 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print clean reads.
Other Titles: 440 steps to the sea
Responsibility: Sara Alexander.

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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 ...

1949. In the cliffs of southern Italy's Amalfi coast, Positano is as yet undiscovered by tourists, and shaking off the dust of war. Hoping to escape poverty, Santina takes domestic work in London, becoming a housekeeper to a British major and his creative wife, Adeline. When they move to Positano, Santina returns with them, raising their daughter as Adeline's mental health declines. Over five decades Santina becomes enmeshed within the family, navigating her feelings for a man who is much more than an employer, hiding secrets that could shatter the only home she knows. Now, spending her final days at the Villa San Vito, she must confront the choices that led her here so long ago. -- adapted from back cover

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