Kitty Deverill is caught between two worlds. Born and
raised in Ireland, she cherishes her home in West Cork,
as Castle Deverill has been in the family for
generations. However, she's both wealthy and Anglo-Irish,
a fact that many in Ireland can't forget despite her
family's largesse towards others. Her two best friends
are Bridie Doyle and Jack O'Leary, both devout Irish
Catholics. Unfortunately, tensions are rising and soon
their relationships may be put to the test.
Santa Montefiore crafts the kind of book you want to just
sink into, as her stories and settings draw you in. Her
exquisite use of language makes you savor ever word and
every image depicted. THE GIRL IN THE CASTLE takes place
in the 1900s as we see the political atmosphere through
the eyes of Kitty, starting at the age of nine. The
vivid descriptions take us back to a time long past even
as they make me long to visit Ireland again.
Santa Montefiore doesn't hesitate to show the full range
of dangers that her characters face in such a tumultuous
time. There is one scene in particular that infuriated me
to the point I wanted to throw the book at the offending
character. Instead, I kept reading and hoping for the
THE GIRL IN THE CASTLE is the first book in the
and wow, what an amazing start
to the trilogy! Be forewarned, however, that the ending
is leaves so many threads still unanswered. I can't wait
to see how Santa Montefiore will address the dangling
issues in the second book!
International sensation Santa Montefiore presents the first
book in a trilogy that follows three Irish women through the
decades of the twentieth century—perfect for fans of Kate
Morton and Hazel Gaynor.
Born on the ninth day of the ninth month in the year 1900,
Kitty Deverill is special as her grandmother has always told
her. Built on the stunning green hills of West Cork,
Ireland, Castle Deverill is Kitty’s beloved home, where many
generations of Deverills have also resided. Although she’s
Anglo-Irish, Kitty’s heart completely belongs to the wild
countryside of the Emerald Isle, and her devotion to her
Irish-Catholic friends Bridie Doyle, the daughter of the
castle’s cook, and Jack O’Leary, the vet’s son, is
unmatched—even if Jack is always reminding her that she
isn’t fully Irish. Still, Jack and Kitty can’t help falling
in love although they both know their union faces the
greatest obstacles since they are from different worlds.
Bridie cherishes her friendship with Kitty, who makes her
feel more like her equal than a servant. Yet she can’t help
dreaming of someday having all the wealth and glamour
Kitty’s station in life affords her. But when she discovers
a secret that Kitty has been keeping from her, Bridie finds
herself growing resentful toward the girl in the castle who
seems to have it all.
When the Irish revolt to throw over British rule in Southern
Ireland, Jack enlists to fight. Worried for her safety, Jack
warns Kitty to keep her distance, but she refuses and throws
herself into the cause for Irish liberty, running messages
and ammunition between the rebels. But as Kitty soon
discovers, her allegiance to her family and her friends will
be tested—and when Castle Deverill comes under attack, the
only home and life she’s ever known are threatened.
A powerful story of love, loyalty, and friendship, The
Girl in the Castle is an exquisitely written novel set
against the magical, captivating landscape of Ireland.