Book Spotlight: The Daughters of Ireland by Santa Montefiore

By Santa Montefiore

On Sale: August 15, 2017

Last year, international sensation Santa Montefiore captured the attention of readers and critics alike with her novel The Girl in the Castle. With starred trade and rave reviews, readers understood why her books have sold over two million copies worldwide. This summer, Santa returns with THE DAUGHTERS OF IRELAND, the second book in the romantic and unforgettable Deverill Chronicles trilogy, which follows three women in Ireland through the decades of the twentieth century.

In THE DAUGHTERS OF IRELAND, it is 1925 and the Anglo-Irish war is long over, but life will never be the same again. Pearched atop the emerald hills of West Cork, Ireland, Castle Deverill has been home to the Deverill family for hundreds of years, until it fell prey to a devastating attack during the war. Young Celia (Deverill) Mayberry and her husband bought the estate, determined to restore it to its former glory. For Celia, the castle holds many fond childhood memories of when she ran through its halls with her cousin Kitty Deverill and their friend Bridie Doyle, and she cannot bear to see it neglected.

But not everyone is elated. Although Kitty is grateful to her cousin for purchasing the castle and ensuring it will remain in the family, she is wistful for the days when she was the mistress of Castle Deverill. While she is content in her new life with her husband, Robert, and her adopted son, JP, her heart still yearns for Jack O’Leary, the man she left behind. As Kitty struggles with her choices, she must make a heartbreaking decision that could hurt those closest to her.

Wealthy and the toast of the town in New York City, Bridie Doyle has come a long way since she was the daughter of one of the cooks at Castle Deverill. But all her money cannot ease the pain over having given away her baby. When she finds love, she is tempted to return to her beloved homeland—even if it means she must face the woman against whom she has sworn revenge.

As Celia wastes no time, or expense, in hiring workers to renovate Castle Deverill, dark shadows are gathering once more, as the financial markets begin to shake. Now everything that felt so certain is cast into doubt. As their destinies collide, these daughters of Ireland must find the inner strength to build a new future.

A sweeping story of family and history, THE DAUGHTERS OF IRELAND is an exquisite novel set once again in the captivating Irish landscape.



“For lovers of meaty family sagas, the Deverills are rich and dysfunctional in just the ways that make their adventures and tribulations so much fun to read…This series is highly recommended for Downton Abbey addicts looking for a new story to sink into, and for readers who love exploring the depths of women’s relationships over the course of their lives.”

Library Journal, starred review

“…juicy…Guaranteed to satisfy the appetites of fans of meaty family sagas.”




Santa Montefiore has written seventeen bestselling novels, which are translated into thirty languages and sold well over four million copies worldwide. She lives with her husband, the historian and broadcaster Simon Sebag-Montefiore, and their two children in London.

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