Songs of Love and War by Santa MontefioreSongs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore

Songs of Love and War

bySanta Montefiore

Paperback | February 13, 2018

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Previously published in the US as The Girl in the Castle.

The #1 international bestseller about the enduring bond between three women and the castle they will never forget.

Their lives were mapped out ahead of them. But love and war will change everything...

It’s the early 1900s and Castle Deverill stands staunchly untouched by time, hidden away in the rolling Irish hills. Within the castle walls, three friends have formed a close bond: affluent, flame-haired Kitty Deverill; Bridie Doyle, Kitty’s best friend and daughter of the castle’s cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty’s flamboyant English cousin. They’ve grown up together, always sheltered from the conflict embroiling the rest of the country. But when Bridie learns of a secret Kitty has been keeping, their idyllic world is forever torn apart.

Later, the three women scatter to different parts of the globe. Kitty must salvage what she can before Castle Deverill and everything she has ever known is reduced to ash. Songs of Love and War is an epic generational saga about the lasting bonds of true friendship and the powerful ties we all have to the place we call home.
Title:Songs of Love and WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.4 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:Simon & Schuster UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1471172368

ISBN - 13:9781471172366

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written! I just finished this book and found it delightful. It was very well written and kept my interest from the first page to the last. The author wrote with great attention to detail. This is book one of a trilogy and I cannot wait for book # 2 to come out.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from must read This was beautiful. I loved the historical context and the lovely writing.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful, riveting, and incredibly atmospheric! Songs of Love and War is an intriguing tale that sweeps you to Co. Cork in the early 1900s when Ireland is full of unrest and upheaval not only due to the Great War being waged on the fields of Europe but in their own countryside where the simmering anger and need for self-identity, patriotism, and independence from Anglo rule are about to come to a head. The prose is poetic and vividly described. The three main characters Kitty, Birdie, and Celia are strong and independent, and their lives are bound and entangled together by the magnificent Castle Deverill that graces the Irish hillside and in some way each calls home. And the plot is an engaging saga filled with self-discovery, familial drama, social stratification, spiritual occurrences, tragedy, heartbreak, romance, war, life, loss, and friendship. Songs of Love and War is an exquisitely written, exceptionally detailed, beautiful start to a trilogy that is sure to be a big hit with historical fiction fans and book clubs everywhere, and you can be sure that Daughters of Castle Deverill, Deverill Chronicles #2, is already on my TBR list.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this historical saga! I LOVED this book. A solid 4.5 star read. If you like historical fiction, this is historical fiction at its best. I found that in the beginning it reminded me of a Kate Morton novel - a little slow to start, lots of characters, sometimes a little difficult to keep track of everyone ... and then the story took over and simply consumed me. This is a story that encompasses civil unrest (the struggle for Irish Independence), the Great War and a decline in the British Empire. Told through alternating perspectives, with a focus on Kitty Deverill, granddaughter of Lord Deverill (Lord of Castle Deverill), we are drawn into a story of love, rebellion, secrets and lies. As the story progresses we also get more about Bridie Doyle; ladies maid, and childhood friend to Kitty, and Kitty's cousin, Celia Deverill. Bridie's story becomes more of the focus as the book continues (especially Part 3), while Celia is kept more on the sidelines. However, based on the ending of this book, I think that Celia will become more of a primary character in the future. This book reminded me of a mix of "Downton Abbey", "Upstairs/Downstairs", Gone with the Wind, and Anne of Green Gables - see what I mean about it being such a epic saga? It brings to light class differences, while also situating the reader perfectly in early 20th century Ireland. Highly recommended read for anyone who enjoys well written historical sagas. Not only are the characters engaging, the storyline is engrossing. I didn't want to put this one down.
Date published: 2018-02-13

Editorial Reviews

"An ideal summer read. Laced with secrets and forbidden liaisons, it is sure to keep you turning the pages."