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.
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 the bestselling author of The Temptation of Gracie and the Deverill series, among many others. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Visit her at SantaMontefiore.co.uk and connect with her on Twitter @SantaMontefiore or on Instagram @SantaMontefioreOfficial.
"Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart."
– JoJo Moyes
"Santa Montefiore at her best - an enchanting read overflowing with deliciously poignant moments"
– Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife
"I have a tendresse for sweeping and epic romantic sagas set around huge houses and aristocratic families and Santa Montefiore hits the spot for me like few other writers... Lush, vivid storytelling."
– Sarra Manning
"One of our personal favourites and bestselling authors, sweeping stories of love and families spanning continents and decades."
– The Times
"A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times."
"A gripping romance . . . It is as believable as the writing is beautiful."
– Daily Telegraph
"Santa Montefiore is the new Rosamunde Pilcher."
– Daily Mail
PRAISE FOR THE BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER
"A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering,rekindling. The Beekeeper’s Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year"
– Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker, on The Beekeeper's Daughter
"An ideal summer read. Laced with secrets and forbidden liaisons, it is sure to keep you turning the pages."