The Deverill family has weathered many storms and crises over the years, and now that World War I and the Irish Revolution are behind them, life has taken on new meaning. The earlier members of the family have grown and married, and the next generations have taken their place, but that doesn’t mean that the past still isn’t a burdensome influence on all of them.
Bridie Doyle has returned to Castle Deverill, and although she knows she should be happy with her husband, her fortune and her life, she’s still not settled, and still deeply mourns the losses in her past. Her childhood friend, Kitty, is no longer part of Bridie’s life, and both women miss the easy friendships of their youth. But events from the past have greatly divided their circle of childhood cohorts, changing each of their lives inextricably.
Meanwhile, the youngest generation of the various families of Ballinakelly strive to make their marks, unaware of much of the drama of the preceding years. JP Deverill finds that his family has not been as forthright as they should have been about his birth, and the resolution to his questions shock the entire community. This is just one of many secrets that threaten to bring the illustrious Deverill family to its collective knees, and as the story unfolds, every character from this series has a chance to forgive the past – but will they?
The Secret of the Irish Castle is the third and final installment in the “Daughters of Ireland” series by Santa Montefiore. This series is a good old-fashioned family saga that extends over time, digging back hundreds of years to the origin of the curse that has plagued the Deverills generation after generation. The fates of the characters all intertwine over the centuries, and at times the number of people to keep track of can seem daunting, as is often the case with long series like this. The Secret of the Irish Castle can be read as a standalone novel, but it would be a shame to not read the backstories in the earlier installments. Compelling and heartfelt, this novel (and series) is ultimately a story of forgiveness and redemption, especially enjoyable for fans of stories set in Ireland and those who love an epic family tale!