Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War.

Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War  is set in the ruggedly wild countryside of West Cork, Ireland.  In the early part of the twentieth century.   Songs of Love and War is an epic tale of three very different women all born in the year 1900.

Kitty Deverill, the flame-haired Anglo-Irish daughter of the castle.

Bridie Doyle, the daughter of the cook.

Celia Deverill,  Kitty’s flamboyant English cousin.

These three closely bonded girls enjoy a rare idyll in the dreamy grounds of the family’s grand estate, Castle Deverill.

Yet their peaceful way of life is threatened when Ireland’s struggle for independence reaches their isolated part of the country.   It  shapes them in ways they could never have imagined.

A bastion of British supremacy,  the castle itself is in danger of destruction,  as the war closes in around it.

Kitty,  in love with the rebel Jack O’Leary and enflamed by her own sense of patriotism, is torn between loyalty to her Anglo-Irish family and her deep love of Ireland,   and Jack.

Wrenched apart by betrayal,  their world turned to ash,  the girls’ friendship seems all but lost as they are swept to different parts of the globe.

Yet, they have one thing in common:    a fierce and unwavering longing for Castle Deverill and all the memories contained within it…..

About the Author – Santa Montefiore

Santa Montefiore was born Santa Palmer-Tomkinson on 2 February 1970 in Winchester.    Her parents are Charles Palmer- Tomkinson,   formerly High Sheriff of Hampshire,  and Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson (nee Dawson), of an Anglo Aregentine background.  Her father, and other members of her family,  represented Great Britain in skiing at Olympic level.  The Palmer-Tomkinson family are substantial land-owners in Leicestershire.

Santa has a sister, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson,  known as an “It girl” and charity patron.

She quotes “I had an idyllic Swallows and Amazons childhood,   growing up in a beautiful Jacobean house on a farm in Hampshire,  surrounded by ancient bluebell woods,  fields of oilseed rape and corn.  My most vivid memories are of sitting in the fields watching the combine harvester,  blackberry picking and building camps in the woods.  We had so much freedom”.

She was educated at the Hanford School from the age of eight to twelve.   She then attended Sherborne School for girls in Dorset, where in sixth form,  she became head of her house, the role of responsibility similar to a prefect.

Her Works are as follows:
The Butterfly Box (2002)
Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree (2002)
The Forget-me-not Sonata (2003)
The Swallow and the Hummingbird (2004)
The Last Voyage of the Valentina (2005)
The Gypsy Madonna (2006)
Sea of Lost Love (2007)
The French Gardener (2008)
The Italian Matchmaker (2009)
The Affair (2010)
The House by the Sea (2011)
The Summer House (2012)
Secrets of the Lighthouse (2013)
A Mother’s Love (2013)
The Beekeeper’s Daughter (2015)
Songs of Love and War (2015)   (The first of The Deverill Chronicles)


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