Meet me under the Ombu tree is the first book I’ve read by Santa Montefiore and given the hopeless romantic that I am, I loved it.
It starts off in Argentina and the author does an amazing job of making us feel like we’re right there, part of the story. Her descriptions are on point without being excessive. Although Sofia is the main character, the author does a great job of making every character very personable.
Sofia is witty, loyal, daring and intelligent as well as stubborn, proud and feisty. She is the centre of attention at Santa Catalina (home to the Solanas family) and loved by all. That is until she falls in love with the wrong man and is sent away to Switzerland by her parents. She then moves to England where she starts her life over and given her propensity for being proud, it isn’t until over 20 years later that she returns home to Argentina.
This book is about forbidden love, sacrifice, loss, starting over, living with our regrets and learning to forgive. While it may appear predictable, the author throws enough twists and turns across the pages to keep us wandering what’s going to happen next. It took a while to get into it (mainly because I just don’t have the time I used to have to read these days) but by the time I was half way through, I couldn’t put the book down.
I’d definitely recommend this book, I was almost sad to finish it this evening.