Santa Montefiore – Here and Now

Santa Montefiore, novelist and children’s author has a new inspirational novel, Here and Now.  Having delighted her readers with novels for the last two decades, Here and Now is available to purchase, with the anticipated wait now over.

A recent interview by BookMinx@BATC with Santa delves deeper into this new novel.  The full article can be found via this link  The extract below explains why Santa decided to write a novel about dementia.

“The idea to write about dementia was really inspired by so many articles and adverts I’d seen in the press about people suffering with the disease. They all had one thing in common: misery. Grainy black and white photos of grey-haired old people with their heads in their hands, exuding despair and hopelessness. I thought, where’s the love? When I started researching the subject I realised that many people live very contentedly with dementia. The assumption is that they are all sufferers, but that’s not always the case. When they’re supported by their loved ones, the present moment can be full of joy. Of course, the disease is a progressive one and when the memory is completely gone, it’s devastating for everyone concerned. But love is so powerful. No one ever mentioned that.”


Synopsis taken from publisher Simon & Schuster (

Faced with losing everything, all that matters is Here and Now . . .

Marigold has spent her life taking care of those around her, juggling family life with the running of the local shop, and being an all-round leader in her quiet yet welcoming community. When she finds herself forgetting things, everyone quickly puts it down to her age. But something about Marigold isn’t quite right, and it’s becoming harder for people to ignore.

As Marigold’s condition worsens, for the first time in their lives her family must find ways to care for the woman who has always cared for them. Desperate to show their support, the local community come together to celebrate Marigold, and to show her that losing your memories doesn’t matter, when there are people who will remember them for you.




‘Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore’ JoJo Moyes

‘An enchanting read, overflowing with deliciously poignant moments’ Dinah Jeffries

‘Santa Montefiore hits the spot for me like few other writers’ Sarra Manning

‘One of our personal favourites’ The Times

‘Peopled with wonderful characters, it’s funny, sad, poignant and heart-warming, a tough subject tenderly handled. Have some tissues handy’ Choice Magazine




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