West Cork, Ireland, 1900. The year marks the start of a new century and the birth of three very different women: Kitty Deverill, the flame-haired Anglo-Irish daughter of the castle; Bridie Doyle, the daughter of the Irish cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty's flamboyant English cousin. Together they grow up on the dreamy grounds of the family's grand estate, Castle Deverill. Yet their peaceful way of life will soon be threatened by Ireland's struggle for independence.
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"Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart." (Jojo Moyes)
As the first book I've read from this author was not sure what to expect concerned it may have been a light lovestory read. Pleasingly I was exposed to so much more.
We travel with three childhood friends whose lives and fates twist and turn. A wonderful cast of characters kept me engaged. Ireland is the prominent location of the story with great detail around the fight for its independence. This is something I knew so little about which made the experience all that more rewarding. London and New York also make appearances as family secrets and scandals unfold.
This book sets a firm foundation for the remaining books. Looking forward to more from the trilogy and author. Highly recommend.
"Enjoyable, but disappointed end."
I thought the narrator was excellent, and enjoyed the story up until the last chapter. It was if the author just got fed up with it, and wanted to be finished. Twice I rewound the story, thinking I must have missed a chapter, but no. Very unsatisfactory.
"I loved the structure"
Review: this was very different to my usual reading material. Although I have read a few of Santa Montefiore's books previously, none of them have been quite as 'historical' as this one and so I have to admit I struggled to get into this one a little initially. I think that the thing I struggled with the most was keeping track of who all the characters were and how they related together. The structure of the books was that it was divvied into 3 parts. There was also a prologue and a epilogue. I loved the structure of the book and my favourite part, the part that had me really gripped was the third part. I felt, by this point that I had got to knew the characters and really invested in them so from this pint onwards I couldn't stop listening to it!
The characters were an interesting mix of English and Irish during the time when English weren't really welcome in Ireland and it was a fairly dangerous place to be. We also has a mix of the right families and their servants. These characters went through so much drama and created so much drama, I can't really single any one character out as a favourite. I really liked the journey that maid Bridie went on. I won't give away any spoilers but I'm sure you'll be championing her from the start!
Of course the setting description in this one was beautiful. The description of the Irish landscape is just breathtaking. Some of the book is set in New York and I could totally picture the scenes as Monterfiore was describing them. There are also so bits set in England and I think that this author really captures the mood at the time in her descriptions. As I say, this book was quite different for me. I enjoyed it overall. I have it in paperback but actually listened to it in audiobook. I'd really quite like the chance to go back to beginning of the book and read the first couple of chapters because the epilogue takes the book full circle, if you read it I would really recommend flicking back to the beginning after you're done!
The narrator excellent. Please another book to continue the story. Didn't want it to finish. I have read many of Santa Montefiero 's books and really enjoyed them. Looking forward to the next new one.
Genevieve Swallow narrated this book beautifully. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the history of Ireland. Highly recommend.
"Disappointed and Confused"
I'm sure the author got as bored as I was by the end and decided just to give up. There is no end to this book. I was sure I'd missed a couple of chapters and kept going back....but alas nothing.
Great book good writing can't wait for the next installment. No wonder it is a best seller.
"Rather pointless story with the worse ending ever."
The ending, either some chapters were missed out or it was the worse ending I could imagine.
The end is always the hardest part to write of a book apparently but what very happened here. There are far too many loose ends, wonder if there's a follow up. Also too many characters, hard to build a picture of them all.
"couldn't stop listening"
really love this. filled with love and heartache and twists . SHOULD BE A FILM!
"Hours of Tosh!"
Can't think of any positive comments about this audio book. It takes hours. I haven't the energy to finish it.
By choosing a more mature voice.
All of it.
"Narration pretty distracting"
The narration in an audiobook is crucial - this is simply terrible - the accents are dreadful / the intonation of the characters often bears no resemblance to the text, possibly the worse I've ever encountered. As for the Irish accents , bad bad bad
Other than that a predictable and somewhat laboured story
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