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The Secret Hours

(Deverill Chronicles #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,704 ratings  ·  138 reviews
‘Let the wind take me and the soft rain settle me into the Irish soil from where I came. And may my sins be forgiven.’

Arethusa Clayton has always been formidable, used to getting her own way. On her death, she leaves unexpected instructions.

Instead of being buried in America, on the wealthy East Coast where she and her late husband raised their two children, Arethusa h
Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Simon and Schuster UK Fiction
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Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had pre-ordered this book long before I realised it was part of the Deverill series. This is because anything Montefiore writes is genius. It is a guaranteed good read. So I was delighted it was part of this series as I have a special place in my heart for those Deverills.

This novel is the 4th in the series however you can read it as a standalone. It compliments the series fantastic and is like a warm cosy read that hugs the series. It is a bit of a prequel and a bit of a lead on. It is fanta
Alayne Emmett
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Ms Monefiore’s books and loved them all and this was no exception.
I was pleased to see that this was the 4th in the Deverill series and enjoyed it immensely.
I look forward to reading more in the future.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a heartwarming family story set in two time periods.
The characters were beautifully drawn and I warmed to both the main protagonists, American Faye in 1961 and her mother,Tussy, who lived in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century.
When Faye’s mother dies she leaves a will in which she asks her daughter to go to her homeland, Ireland and scatter her ashes. She also leaves a bequest that will only be revealed after this has been done. Both Faye and her brother Logan are astounded as
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Slow, slow, slow.
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Secret Hours

📚 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀! Some books pull the stings of your heart. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 by Santa Montefiore is one of those. The writing is beautiful and the story moving. It is a tale of forbidden love, loss, and defiance. After the death of her mother, Faye Clayton discovers that her mother Arethusa had many secrets. In order to find out Arethusa’s story, Faye goes to Ireland to read her mother’s journal and discover the truth of why she left her beloved home. Faye will be changed by what she discove
Alexis (hookedtobooks)
Thank you @simonschusterca for sending me a copy of this book!
I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t realize that it’s part of a series! While I think you can definitely read this as a stand-alone, I would have been more comfortable reading this as part of the series! But that’s just me personally!
The book follows Faye, who’s mother has recently passed away. Her mother wants her ashes scattered in Ireland, but Faye did not realize her mother still felt a connection to her home country! Faye goes to
Karen Whittard
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The enchanting new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author, Santa Montefiore.

The perfect summer read for 2019!

An epically, well written, well researched book. Perfect for a holiday in the beach. Where you can get lost in the pages of the book without having to worry about household chores or adult life.

Arethusa Clayton has always been formidable, used to getting her own way. On her death, she leaves unexpected instructions.

Instead of being buried in America, on the wealthy East Coast wher
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book!
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Enthralling, I fell head-first into this captivating, standalone fourth book in the Deverill Chronicles. 

Bostonian Faye Langton has spent her life living and doing as others expect her to do; firstly as a daughter and now as a wife and mother. When her mother Arethusa Clayton dies, the reading of the will acts as a catalyst for Faye to embark on a journey to her Mom's homeland, Ireland. Knowing she will come up against opposition, Faye manages to convince her husband to let her go to Ballinakell
I hesitated calling this historical fiction, however the time periods are the late 1890’s until 1961... and the prevailing attitudes highly influenced the opportunities and outcomes of Arethusa Deverill and her daughter Faye.

The writing is very flowery, and this is a ROMANCE in every sense of the word - the saga of a titled Irish family, a castle and ill-fated love affairs - hopeful new ones- a mysterious will and diary- I simply had to continue reading, even when things hit the doldrums with t
Linda Louch
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'On the hills above Castle Deverill,with both a view of the castle and the ocean. Let the wind take me and the soft rain settle me into the Irish soil from where I came. And may my sins be forgiven.'
A poignant quote written in the will of Arethusa Clayton where she states she wants her ashes scattered in Ireland. Her daughter Faye follows her wishes and finds out the history of her mother's family and the reason she came to America. A story of forbidden love set in the beautiful atmospheric coun
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First I fell in love with the cover, then I fell in love with this book.
It's an amazing book which is moving, engrossing, and entertaining.
I loved this women so frail and so strong at the same time, I was fascinated by the setting and the plot moved me and made me smile.
Even if it's part of series it can be read as a stand-alone as both the plot and the character development are well explained.
I loved the style of writing, the character development are amazing and I really liked them.
I look forw
Judy Odom
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Secret Hours is the 4th book in the Castle Deverille series and is as enchanting and as beautifully written as the previous books.

The description makes you feel like you are at Castle Deverille in Ireland, you can feel the wind, the fog.

Faye has come to Ireland to fulfill her mothers wishes in her Will, why does she want her ashes to spread in Ireland and who is the the mysterious third party that stands to inherit. Her Mom never mentioned her past .

Some of our old favourites are back, Ki
Clare Jones
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this one out loud to my mum and at times I struggled to get my voice to work due to my chest being tight and needing to cry. When I realised this was linked to the chronicles of the Deverill's, I felt at home. This story could stand on it's mum ended up getting the trilogy and reading them straight after this. I wish there was a lifetime of books that kept this story alive! ...more
Rosemary Pritchard
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it, I have read the Deverill Chronicles so made more sense than if just reading on its own. Recommend to anyone
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
I really thought that “The Last Secret of the Deverills” was the last book of the series, but no, there was one more story to tell. It the first books were Kitty’s and men of Deverills, then this book is Deverills daughter’s book. Since Arethusa is only mentioned on family tree under name Tussy, I had no idea at first who she is. This book is actually Arethusa and her daughter Faye’s book. In a way, it reminded me a lotCecelia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You, just instead of husband sending his wife to ...more
Jan Hughes
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it's like a breath of fresh air. It's a family mystery set over 60 years and the characters from the present day and those from the past are all equally interesting and all are larger than life. I have just discovered it is part of a series of books about the Deverill family and so I have more to look forward to. ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

Ever since reading (or audiobooking) the Deverill Chronicles Santa Montefiore has been a go-to author for me. Imagine my surprise when I starting reading this and old friends showed up - I didn't read the blurb but just dove in.

Coming in at 487 pages it's a fair size (as are the previous 3 books) I'll confess to struggling with the first 100 pages or so. The book started great, some mystery and intrigue right away but it seemed flat and it was hard to stay invested. Some parts I foun
Jun 18, 2019 added it
Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review
Delighted to get this early copy as I have read all the other books in this series and it was excellent to have a conclusion which was again set in fabulous Ireland I can highly recommend this book and author.
Aimee Walker Editorial
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Santa Montefiore is one of my must-read authors so I was delighted to get this e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
I love the Castle Deverill series and if you do too you won't be disappointed. Kitty is back, but this time the story brings her a long-lost cousin from America and together they unravel the story of Arethusa Deverill who left for America as a girl and didn't return or tell her children of her past. Arethusa is one of my favourite characters in the saga so far, she's ahead of he
Anne Mackle
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Secret Hours.

I have read a few books by Santa Montefiore but I didn't know before I started this one that it was the fourth in a series of books about the Deverills. This didn't detract from the story as I had no idea there were other books but I now want to to back to book one and read them all. It seems a fifth one is to follow.

Faye is an American housewife with grown up children staying in an unhappy marriage for their sake. When her mother dies she leaves a diary for Faye to read and wan
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book a bit slow at the beginning and I felt a little disappointed .however as the story went on turned into a great book gripping till the very end.
Still confused about the banjo looking like a small violin is that not a ukulele
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
Waiting to have the Canadian cover posted -
Juliet Bookliterati
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Secret Hours is the new book from Santa Montefiore, an author who never disappoints with her books. This book is about one of the Deverill women but is not part of Santa Montefiore’s Deverill trilogy so you don’t need to have read these books. The plot moves between 1960’s and the late nineteenth century, and follows Faye Langton and her mother Arethusa Clayton, born a Deverill. When Arethusa, known as Tussy, dies she asks for her ashes to be scattered in Ireland which comes as a shock to to ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley, the author and the publisher for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

When I saw this book on net galley, I knew I had to read it. I love this author, I love the way she writes her books; I knew nothing about this book. When I started reading this book I was captivated, it was like catching up with old friends. I did not realize there was a fourth in the Deverill Chronicles and this book was the best, i
Sandra Young
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story takes place over a period of 60 years, covering two generations of the Deverill family. We meet the American daughter, middle aged, discontented with her marriage and frustrated at her acceptance of the belief that to obey and conform is her role in life. Troubled by mysterious dreams of a castle in a far away country inhabited by her double continues to disturb the equilibrium of her life. The death of her mother, followed by a death bed request results in a determination to fulfill ...more
Laura S
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster (UK) for the opportunity to read this book. It is the first Santa Montefiore novel that I have read, and I can heartily recommend it. The crisp, clean prose made reading it a pleasure. The story effortlessly unfolded before me and I read it over the course of a day or two.

The dual timeline is skillfully managed, so there is no confusion over who is doing what when, as can sometimes happen. The pacing is perfect, with enough tension between the scenes to
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Secret Hours by Santa Montefiore is part of the Deverill Chronicles and is the fourth book in what the author initially thought would be a trilogy. Before reading The Secret Hours, I had read the first book of the trilogy, The Girl in the Castle, and loved it.

I really enjoyed The Secret Hours because many of the characters from the first book, including Kitty Deverill, pop up in this one and this book checks off many of the categories I love to read about including family saga, family secret
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was recently on the Best Seller List so I ordered it from the Library as an Ebook. I didnt realize it at the time it was Bk #4 of a series but it didn't really matter as this is truly a stand alone book. Some of my friends are major readers of Montefiore and think I will now be in that group as well.

Brother / sister are shocked that when their mother dies and part of her estate is going to someone in Ireland. The Will cannot be settled until her ashes have been scattered over a certain spo
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arethusa Clayton has always been formidable, used to getting her own way. Upon her death, she leaves unexpected instructions. Instead of being buried in America, on the wealthy East Coast where she and her late husband raised their two children, Arethusa has decreed that her ashes be scattered in a remote corner of Ireland, on the hills overlooking the sea.

All Arethusa told Faye was that she grew up in a poor farming family and left Ireland, alone, to start a new life in America as did so many i
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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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  • The Girl in the Castle
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