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The Secret of the Irish Castle

The Secret of the Irish Castle, August 2018
Deverill Chronicles #3
by Santa Montefiore

William Morrow Paperbacks
Featuring: Marth Wallace
480 pages
ISBN: 0062456903
EAN: 9780062456908
Kindle: B0756D7BQ9
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"The thrilling saga concludes...."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Secret of the Irish Castle
Santa Montefiore

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted March 17, 2019

Women's Fiction Historical | Saga

THE SECRET OF THE IRISH CASTLE picks up right where the prior book, THE DAUGHTERS OF IRELAND, ended. Bridie Doyle, now the Countess di Marcantonio, has bought the Deverill's ancestral home and Kitty Deverill Trench is incensed. Worse yet, Kitty's first love, Jack O'Leary, has finally returned to Ireland but he has a wife and children. Meanwhile, Martha Wallace has gone in search of her birth mother and encounters JP, where it's love at first sight for these two young adults. Will the secrets of the past destroy them all or has the time come for the curse on the Deverills to end?

THE SECRET OF THE IRISH CASTLE is the third book in the  Deverill Chronicles and must be read in the context of the series as a whole in order to be enjoyed. The complexity of the relationships as well as the multitude of betrayals by the characters have been developed over the course of the prior two books and a new reader will miss the nuances of the storyline.

I love the ghostly presences of the Deverill heirs we visit within THE SECRET OF THE IRISH CASTLE. We've had a few glimpses of Adeline Deverill (and more than one mention of her cannabis tea) but Santa Montefiore starts to fill us in more on the curse plaguing the Deverills. As always, the stories aren't necessarily pretty and some of the betrayals that have happened are horrific, but I love the paranormal touch to the storyline.

And speaking of betrayals... I've despised Grace Rowan- Hampton for most of the series and THE SECRET OF THE IRISH CASTLE solidified that dislike. Santa Montefiore did a great job at humanizing most of the characters, but Grace is nothing but manipulative and selfish. I won't reveal spoilers but fans of the Deverill Chronicles will particularly relish how some scenarios are resolved, particularly in regards to Grace.

THE SECRET OF THE IRISH CASTLE is a brilliant conclusion to the Deverill Chronicles! Santa Montefiore is a master at writing sweeping historical sagas and it clearly shows in the Deverill Chronicles. I'm a little sad to see the series end, but I'm thrilled with how Santa Montefiore concluded it!

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SUMMARY

1939: Peace has flourished since the Great War ended, but much has changed for the Deverill family as now a new generation is waiting in the wings to make their mark.

When Martha Wallace leaves her home in America to search for her birth mother in Dublin, she never imagines that she will completely lose her heart to the impossibly charming JP Deverill. But more surprises are in store for her after she discovers that her mother comes from the same place as JP, sealing her fate.

Bridie Doyle, now Countess di Marcantonio and mistress of Castle Deverill, is determined to make the castle she used to work in her home. But just as she begins to feel things are finally going her way, her flamboyant husband Cesare has other ideas. As his eye strays away from his wife, those close to the couple wonder if he really is who he says he is.

Kitty Deverill has come to accept her life with her husband Robert, and their two children. But then Jack O'Leary, the love of her life, returns to Ballinakelly. And this time his heart belongs elsewhere.

As long-held secrets come to light, the Deverills will have to heal old wounds and come to terms with the past if they hope to ensure their legacy for the future.


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