Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War

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Previously published in the US as The Girl in the Castle.

The #1 international bestseller about the enduring bond between three women and the castle they will never forget.

Their lives were mapped out ahead of them. But love and war will change everything...

It’s the early 1900s and Castle Deverill stands staunchly untouched by time, hidden away in the rolling Irish hills. Within the castle walls, three friends have formed a close bond: affluent, flame-haired Kitty Deverill; Bridie Doyle, Kitty’s best friend and daughter of the castle’s cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty’s flamboyant English cousin. They’ve grown up together, always sheltered from the conflict embroiling the rest of the country. But when Bridie learns of a secret Kitty has been keeping, their idyllic world is forever torn apart.

Later, the three women scatter to different parts of the globe. Kitty must salvage what she can before Castle Deverill and everything she has ever known is reduced to ash. Songs of Love and War is an epic generational saga about the lasting bonds of true friendship and the powerful ties we all have to the place we call home.
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 560 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471172366 | 
  • February 2018
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Songs of Love and War
Santa Montefiore
Reading Group Guide

A Conversation with Santa Montefiore

1. Home is a very powerful force in this novel. What does home mean for Kitty? What does it mean for you?

Home is the central theme of the novel, and home is certainly the central theme of my life. I grew up on a farm in Hampshire, UK, in an old Jacobean house surrounded by ancient bluebell woods and rolling fields. Now I rent a cottage on that same farm, so I suppose I have never left. My heart definitely remains in those woods and fields. And that farm is still everything to me—it’s my “happy place.”

As for Kitty, she spends the three novels trying to recapture those days before the War of Independence turned her life upside down. The castle is everything to her, as is her grandmother and, of course, Jack. I’m deeply rooted in my home, as is Kitty.

2. What inspired your characters and the setting of Castle Deverill?

Castle Deverill was the idea and the first character that started this series. (And yes, the castle, for me, really is a character!)

I love ruins—they are a hobby of mine. I love to look around an old house or castle and imagine what life must have been like before the place collapsed. I want to know every detail. I think ruins remind us of our own mortality. The people who once lived there have long gone, as we will one day go too, and yet, during see more

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About the Author

Santa Montefiore
Photograph by Elaine Fattal

Santa Montefiore

Santa Montefiore’s books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than six million copies in England and Europe. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at