• Paperback: 576 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 15, 2017)
The war is over. But life will never be the same…
“Everything Santa Montefiore writes, she writes from the heart,” says JOJO MOYES. See why in this unforgettable story of love, loss, and life, perfect for fans of DOWNTON ABBEY and KATE MORTON.
In the green hills of West Cork, Ireland, Castle Deverill has burned to the ground. But young Celia Deverill is determined to see her ruined ancestral home restored to its former glory — to the years when Celia ran through its vast halls with her cousin Kitty and their childhood friend Bridie Doyle.
Kitty herself is raising a young family, but she longs for Jack O’Leary — the long-ago sweetheart she cannot have. And soon Kitty must make a heartbreaking decision, one that could destroy everything she holds dear.
Bridie, once a cook’s daugher in Castle Deverill, is now a well-heeled New York City socialite. Yet her celebrity can’t erase a past act that haunts her still. Nor can it keep her from seeking revenge upon the woman who wronged her all those years ago.
As these three daughters of Ireland seek to make their way in a world once again beset by dark forces, Santa Montefiore shows us once more why she is one of the best-loved storytellers at work today.
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About Santa Montefiore
Santa Montefiore was born in England. She went to Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset and studied Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She has written sixteen bestselling novels, which have been translated into thirty different languages and have sold more than two million copies worldwide.
Find out more about Santa at her website, and connect with her Facebook. You can also join the Facebook group dedicated to her books.
Celia Deverill has bought the ruins of her family's castle after it was burned down in the war. The year is 1925 and Celia and her husband have plenty of money to rebuild the castle and upgrade everything to Celia's extravagant and opulent demands. While Celia is busy redecorating, Kitty Deverill and her husband Robert Trench are raising Kitty's half-brother, Little Jack. Kitty is concerned that Little Jack's real mother, Bridie Doyle will come and steal him away. Kitty is also wrestling with her feelings for her true love Jack O'Leary. She will have to make a decision to tear apart her family and move to America with Jack or deny her true love and stay with her family and her home in Ireland. Meanwhile, Bridie Doyle has become a new person in New York. Now a wealthy widow, she is determined to reclaim the son that was taken from her as well as the Castle where she once worked.
Once again, I was enraptured by the stories of the women of Castle Deverill. Picking up right after The Girl in the Castle, the stories of Kitty, Bridie and Celia continue to grow and shine. Now adults, these women are making their own decisions and affecting the lives of those around them as well as the ghosts who still inhabit Castle Deverill. I was very pleased that Barton Deverill's story was expanded upon and I was able to understand the reasons for the curse. I love that the supernatural and folklore are a part of the story, bringing out the magic of Ireland in a sophisticated way. I was completely captivated by all of these women's stories while they were busy trying to navigate life and come to terms with what has been handed to them their stories went in such different ways then I could have ever imagined. I became so frustrated at points when their decisions seemed immature or senseless, I just wanted to shake them! However, through masterful storytelling, the saga of the Daughters of Ireland engrossed me all the way through. I was definitely surprised at the end, but I believe they are one step closer to breaking the curse of Castle Deverill.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.