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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (5 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471135861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471135866
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 4 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
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'Santa Montefiore at her best - an enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments' (Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife)

‘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)

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Their lives were mapped out ahead of them. But love and war will change everything... Castle Deverill, nestled in the rolling Irish hills, is home to three very different women: flame-haired Kitty Deverill, her best friend and daughter of the castle's cook, Bridie Doyle, and her flamboyant English cousin, Celia Deverill.
When war breaks out, the lives of all three are changed forever.
Wrenched apart by betrayal, their world turned to ash, the girls' friendship seems all but lost as they are swept to different parts of the globe. Yet, they have one thing in common: a fierce and unwavering longing for Castle Deverill and all the memories contained within it.

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I love sweeping sagas and especially ones set in old castles. This is the first in a trilogy so don’t go into it expecting there to be lots of loose ends tied up, as they’re not. But this is drama that weaves and moves slowly as it draws you into the magic of a gothic castle with more cracks and tensions that you would care to shake a drawbridge at.

The story of the castle, its curse...yes a curse, and its ghosts with their hidden secrets is wonderfully atmospheric. It’s told by three different women - two from the upper classes, the Deverill’s themselves and one, a maid at the castle.

There’s so much to this novel. The rich detail and sumptuous setting catch your eye on every page, but it’s the way that the story of Ireland, its history, its people and its political divides as well as class divides are woven together that really captured my attention.

I’m now calling Santa the Rumpelstiltskin of the literature world for her weaving abilities. At the end you do indeed have a historical tale which shines.

The map on the booktrail.com shows the amazing landscape in Ireland where this book is set
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I'd give this book three and a half stars. It is quite readable and the kind of book I usually enjoy reading. However, I've found there were way too many unnecessary characters in it that I couldn't keep track of, while some of the main characters could have done with some deeper characterisation. Celia, for example, is supposed to be one of the three main characters but she was only mentioned fleetingly here and there. Even Bridie didn't get much attention until halfway into the book. I feel this made the story very unbalanced. Nevertheless, it was a good read and I look forward to book 2 and 3.
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First novel by this author - really enjoyed it and purchased the second book before I'd finished this. Anybody who enjoys following the lives of families through generations cannot fail to appreciate this. - highly recommended.
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Did not want this book to end, a great read. The story of an English family and their castle during the unrest in Ireland and the first world war. I'm hoping to find there is a follow up to this fantastic book.
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I really enjoy reading Santa Montefiore's books. This one, is another, although, I have a feeling that there is going to be a sequel, as it ended rather suddenly with too many questions still unanswered.
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Another brilliantly written book by Santa Montefiore. My only hope is that there is another book about these families as the ending just left too much to wonder about. Having said that it had me enthralled to the end.
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I really tried to like this book but just could not get into the story. Gave up after getting a quarter of the way through it.
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Really follows on from book one, keep the story flowing and I am waiting for book 3.It can't come too soon.
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