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The Girl in the Castle

(Deverill Chronicles #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,559 ratings  ·  797 reviews
Ireland. The early twentieth century.

Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. A nation on the brink of war.

Read their story -- and see why JOJO Moyes says that Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore.

Born on the ninth day of the ninth month in the year 1900, Kitty Deverill grows up in Castle Deverill, on the sunning green ghills of West Cork, Ireland -- the same place he
Audio CD, library edition, 17 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Blackstone (first published August 27th 2015)
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved! This novel embodies everything I love most about historical fiction. The beauty of Ireland is the perfect setting for this family saga. I truly did not want it to end. I am so looking forward to the next novel... excited to continue this journey with the Deverill clan. 5 stars.
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

A charming historical fiction tale set in the early 1900’s in Ireland and England. The story follows three young women whose connection weaves thick and thin throughout several years and many life changing situations. One of the best aspects of this novel is that it largely revolves around an old family castle on the countryside in Ireland. There is love, loss and death. There are ghosts, love triangles and hidden secrets. All of these ingredients add up to one enticing tale that kept
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I have read by Santa Montefiore and I can flat out state it won't be the last. I very much enjoyed The Beekeeper's Daughter as well as Secrets of the Lighthouse.

Now this book, The Girl in the Castle, captured me immediately. If you like stories set in Ireland, reading a bit of the historical fiction interspersed about the Irish War for Independence and a bit of ghost appearances to boot - you will love this book.

I'm not big on paranormal stories but the ghost part wasn't a
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hated to put this book down and consequently flew through it! Thank goodness it is part of a trilogy! Xx
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Truly a wonderful read. No wonder it was a Reader's Pick at my local library. Set in Ireland during the years Ireland was fighting for separation from Britain. Rich girl loves poor boy. Her bestfriend goes from below stairs drudgery, in Ireland; to rich rich lady in America. Plausible and unputdownable. ...more
Emily Levit
Montefiore's writing is a sweeping saga, grand in its scope, and thorough in its viewpoints from different characters that each play their own role. However when it came down to it, I had to dislike Montefiore's ideas of faithfulness and love or lack thereof. None of the three main girls knew how to love anyone but themselves. Yes they had tragic lives. Yes they endured loss and heartache. But that is no excuse to be selfish and unfaithful and it does not make it okay to make horrible mistakes w ...more
Diane Lynn
I loved this book, my first by Santa Montefiore. I will have to look into her other books, but luckily this one is the start of a series. This one had everything I love about historical fiction, it's a real meaty family-saga. The many characters and storylines, plus the wonderful setting of Ireland were all well thought out. I loved reading about what the people went through in the lead up to independence. The Black and Tans make an appearance and it just felt authentic. The castle is wonderful! ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this first of a series of three book about what I guess could be loosely called The Downton Abbey of Ireland. Ms Montefiore has filled her novel with characters that are both endearing and tragedies that are real. Set mostly in Ireland, it portrays a gorgeous setting but one that is fraught with political dealings between the Irish seeking to be independent and the British looking to hold onto what they believe to be theirs. The beginning of this novel was a bit drawn out and I c ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible, Fascinating and stunning is the way to describe Montefiore's writing.

I was absolutely blown away by this book. The History! The Romance! The Drama! Incredible.

This book is based around the Irish War for Independence, and the Deverill Family. How the history mingles with the characters is spellbinding, drawing you right in to the Irish countryside. The setting is absolutely fabulous, the descriptive narrative is something to awe over. We start with the main character Kitty Deverill
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

Kitty was nine.

Kitty was ignored by her mother.

Kitty was friends with a servant.

Kitty had a very harsh governess.

Kitty could see her dead ancestor in the castle tower, and no one believed her.

Poor Kitty Deverill had a lot to deal with at her young age, but she was spunky, delightful, and resilient.

Kitty was a character I really enjoyed, and THE GIRL IN THE CASTLE was a book I really enjoyed..

​THE GIRL IN THE CASTLE is set around 1910 and ​lets us into​ ​the ​lives of aristocrats and the lives o
RoseMary Achey
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An English family living in Ireland during the Irish fight for independence is the backdrop for this most entertaining novel. The Deverill family includes a fascinating cast of characters including the heroine Kitty.

It is easy to become fully immersed in The Girl in The Castle, the well defined characters, history and landscape will captivate. If you enjoy the PBS series Downton Abby and reading historical fiction The Girl in the Castle will not disappoint.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing I love more than a big, historical fiction book to sink into when I’m faced with a rainy weekend. The only thing that could make it better is know that the book is the first of a trilogy and that if the other two are as good as the first I have a lot of great reading ahead of me. I have been on a wonderful reading run lately and I hope it continues.

The Girl in the Castle takes place in Ireland in the early 20th century. It starts just before the Irish bid for independence and co
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a trilogy and it's set mainly in Ireland with appearances by England and New York. It begins in 1910 with three friends from very different backgrounds. At this time the girls are nine years old and Jack is twelve. Kitty lives in the castle and the three of them spend as much time as possible together while keeping their friendship a secret from the adults. It progresses from here up until they are in their mid twenties.
From here it covers WWI, the Easter Rising and the Iri
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NetGalley provided a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore is a historical fiction set during the Irish War of Independence. This original read is the story of three friends—Kitty, Bridie and Celia. They come from different backgrounds but their friendship is unwavering. Their joys and struggles are revealed as they come to terms with their individual journey. This well-written novel moves quickly. The characters are developed with strong and
Rating: 4.5 stars

I loved this, a family saga that starts in 1910 in Ireland and then takes us to London and New York before returning home to Ireland fifteen years later. And best of all, it's the first book in a trilogy; can't wait to see what happens next!

Just a little point, but the American title of The Girl in the Castle suits it so much better than the British title Songs of Love and War.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I usually love historical fiction of this ilk, but this book moved slower than molasses running uphill in January. It was incredibly boring, and I really didn't enjoy any of the characters, with the exception of the Shrub sisters. I found this book very tedious, was not invested as a reader, even after plodding along, completely did not care what happened to any of them. Pass ...more
Jul 03, 2018 added it
DNF. Another attempt at a lighter read that was not the right kind of light for me. More drama than light, but, as far as I got, without the depth or gravity I like with my drama.
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
4.5 stars I know, I know, am I being too persnickety with a 4.5 star? Well, anyway, this was a grand saga with castles, ghosts, betrayal, Irish independence - there was a good dose of Downton Abbey-esque feelings in it - plenty of upstairs/downstairs behaviour.

A read I needed to sweep me off my feet and completely engross me! This is the first in a planned trilogy too! So there will be more of Kitty, Bridie, Celia and the rest of the wonderful characters!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada
The Lit Bitch
I read one of Santa Montefiore’s standalone novels recently and I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved Secrets of the Lighthouse and I was desperate to get my hands on another one of her novels.

I logged on to Audible and immediately downloaded this book, as the Deverill Chronicles had been highly recommended and is probably one of her most well known books.

Most of Montefiore’s novels are standalone but this book is the first in a series that spans 4 books so I knew it would be more epic in nature
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is historical fiction set in Ireland and England. I loved the setting the most. It also had castles and ghosts, (see, I had expectations). I started this one yesterday, and it was two stars for me and I was contemplating the possibility of returning it to Audible. However, when I resumed my 'listen' today, I liked it a little more than yesterday. The characters were on the transparent side, but they eventually gained depth. They were all different with their quirks and traits, except for on ...more
Colleen Turner
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Girl in the Castle is everything I love about historical fiction! While only tackling about 15 years, it has the epic feel often found in family sagas spanning much longer periods of time and fills in an interesting time and place in history with characters who are fighting, loving, and living during it all. I've enjoyed Santa Montefiore's books in the past but this newest novel surpasses them all, in my opinion. in both character
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book grabbed me in the beginning and then ebbed and flowed. I liked the character development but would forget who married whom, etc. I found the ending unfilling with the plot twists surprising but not exciting.
Stephanie Kline
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hmm. I’m irritated. I spent over 17 hours listening to this book, which had such rave reviews that I expected to absolutely love it. 20th-century Ireland setting. An old, beautiful castle haunted by fascinating ghosts. A strong-willed young woman, passionate about her home and dead-set on Irish independence. A complex story line filled with friendships, family bonds, and romance. How could this historical fiction/romance/family saga-loving reader go wrong??

This fell flat in absolutely every sin
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Girl in the Castle is the kind of epic novel I really enjoy reading. It’s mystical and rich with history and vivid characters and a captivating story.

The characters in The Girl in the Castle are fascinating. I don’t approve of their behavior in most cases, and Kitty & Jack each especially disappointed me. But in spite of these downfalls, the characters remain extremely compelling. This first volume in the trilogy is really more the story of Kitty and Jack and Bridie – with Celia a minor play
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitty Deverill was born on the ninth day of the ninth month in the year 1900. Kitty spends most of her days with her grandparents in the Castle Deverill. Her Anglo-Irish family has been cursed, since the Deverill land was taken from the O’Leary’s, the Deverill men are cursed to stick around as ghosts until the two families can combine. Kitty is the third daughter of Maude Deverill and Maude seems to have forgotten about her, Kitty is free to roam when she escapes her Governess, Mrs. Grieve. Kitt ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one where I had to gather my thoughts. My reviews are my feelings not a summary of what you read or may want to read. I enjoyed this book for 2 reasons. When I started reading I loved historical fiction but at one point I felt I read so much (non-fiction included) I moved on to a different genre. But this summer I Had my the pleasure of taking my first dream trip & that was Ireland. So this book was read when I came home (would of preferred before-no worries still understood/felt the lov ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was enjoying it, but then it got trashy.
Mary Bronson
I thought this book was AMAZING! Once I got started it was hard to put down. Well, to stop listening to the audio book. I thought it was a great route and I thought the narrator did such a great job. I loved all of the characters and how it was written through different points of view. I thought Kitty was a strong character and all of the supporting characters were just as important. This had hard hitting moments and some loving moments. I thought the book did a good job showing how some of the ...more
Mary Bronson
I thought this book was AMAZING! Once I got started it was hard to put down. Well, to stop listening to the audio book. I thought it was a great route and I thought the narrator did such a great job. I loved all of the characters and how it was written through different points of view. I thought Kitty was a strong character and all of the supporting characters were just as important. This had hard hitting moments and some loving moments. I thought the book did a good job showing how some of the ...more
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Born in England in 1970 Santa Montefiore grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. She read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University and spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires, where her mother grew up. She converted to Judaism in 1998 and married historian Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. They live with their two children, Lily ...more

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