Daughters of Castle Deverill Paperback – 14 Apr 2017
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‘I have a tendresse for sweeping and epic romantic sagas set around huge houses and aristocratic families and Santa Montefiore hits the spot for me like few other writers. This is the second book in her Deverill Chronicles, which follows the fortunes of Irish sisters, Kitty, Bridie and Celia, starts in 1925 and focuses on Celia’s determination to restore Castle Deverill to its former glory. Lush, vivid storytelling’ (Sarra Manning Red magazine, on Daughters of Castle Deverill)
‘This is Santa Montefiore at her best – an enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments. If you love a heartfelt, epic trilogy this is for you. I loved it and can’t wait for more’ (Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife, on Songs of Love and War)
‘Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart’ (Jojo Moyes)
‘A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering,rekindling. The Beekeeper’s Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year’ (Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker, on The Beekeeper's Daughter)
‘I raced through this feel-good romantic story, which spans continents and decades’ (Fanny Blake Woman & Home on The Beekeeper's Daughter)
‘This deeply romantic saunter is an ideal summer read. Laced with secrets and forbidden liaisons, it is sure to keep you turning the pages’ (The Lady on The Beekeeper's Daughter)
‘Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher’ (Daily Mail)
‘A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times’ (Vogue)
‘A gripping romance . . . it is as believable as the writing is beautiful’ (Daily Telegraph)
‘Anyone who likes Joanne Harris or Mary Wesley will love Montefiore’ (Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It is 1925 and the war is long over. But much has been lost and life will never truly be the same again.
Castle Deverill, cherished home to the Deverill family in the west of Ireland for hundreds of years, has burned to the ground. But young and flighty Celia Deverill is determined to restore the sad ruin to its former glory. Celia married well and has the wealth, after all, to keep it in the family and she cannot bear to see it stand neglected.
But dark shadows are gathering once more, as the financial markets start to shake. And everything that felt so certain is thrown once again into doubt.
A compelling story of family and history, from the author of the top ten bestseller Songs of Love and War.
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This book starts off where the first one ended. It is now 1925 and Castle Deverill is a burnt out ruin. The three main characters are still at the centre of the book but times have changed for all of them.
Celia has married into wealth although she is not aware that her husband was persuaded to marry her after her scandalous behaviour on her wedding day and has been bankrolled by Celia’s father. Kitty is still living in Ireland married to her old tutor Robert but continuing to meet up with the love of her life in secret until circumstances once again tear them apart. Bridie has moved to America and been left a very wealthy widow although she still mourns the loss of her illegitimate son Jack that she had with Bertie Deverill who is being brought up by Kitty.
Celia decides to rebuild the castle and spends huge amounts of her husband’s money restoring it to its former glory thinking once again that it is now back in the Deverill family for good but is unaware of the ancient curse placed on the Deverills many years before as described in the first book.
Interwoven with the main characters and their families are various other characters whose tragedies and comedies are incorporated into the story and they all contribute to this wonderful story. This is the sort of book where it is almost impossible to reveal much of the plot because it would spoil the wonderful events that happen throughout. The author has an amazing way of writing that I love but she also is so clever at incorporating twists and turns that keep you guessing and even though I think I know what might happen in the final book I am sure I will be wrong.
The main plot centres around how everything seems to be going well in the Deverill family until the horrifying financial disaster of 1929 and the effects on all the main characters some in a good way but most in a very bad way.
I wrote a review for the first book and at the time said I couldn’t wait for the next one, I was not disappointed and am only sorry that I have to wait until next year for the final book. The sooner I can get it the better!!
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It’s a slow read perfect for a Sunday as the detail and the atmosphere just captivate as much as the goings on and the tragedies as well as the ups and downs of that family! I thought I knew what was going to happen on more than one point and then no! The finely woven rug lying on that castle floor was tugged from under me. Kitty, Bridie and Celia, are great characters as they are so different and it’s impossible to tell what they’ll do next. This really was like going on a journey with all three of them. I can’t wait for book three. Will have to actually buy some shortbread this time and tuck right in!
Daughters of Castle Deverill began just where Songs of Love and War left off and it took this epic drama to another level. The characters I fell in love with in the first book all grew in personality and there were several new additions, an eclectic bunch that I would never in my wildest dreams have thought had a place in this story, but they just added to the wow factor that this book delivers. The part played by "The Shrubs" in this book ( sorry, but I don't want to spoil this treat for you by telling you what they are), was a touch of genius. I loved them in part one and totally adored them in part two.
The story continues, it's 1925 and a new owner moves into the castle, but after a massive refurbishment there is a shocking discovery. Kitty, Bridie and Celia, upon whom the story is largely based, all face life-changing decisions in one way or another, unsavoury characters rear their ugly heads and along with the revelation of long hidden secrets, this book embodies the great television drama serial it will one day surely become.
There is only one negative comment I can possibly make, and that is that I have to wait until next year for part three. Both books could easily be read as stand-alone novels, though I highly recommend you read Songs of Love and War first, purely because it is so good and will add to your enjoyment of Daughters of Castle Deverill.
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