The Distant Shores by Santa Montefiore

Pure escapism on every page, The Distant Shores tells the story of a family torn apart, and the woman who will bring them back together.

Margot Hart travels to Ireland to write a biography of the famous Deverill family. She knows she must speak to the current Lord Deverill – JP – if she is to uncover the secrets of the past. A notorious recluse, JP won’t be an easy man to crack. But Margot is determined – and she is not a woman who is easily put off.

What she never expected was to form a close bond with JP and be drawn into his family disputes. Shouldering the blame for running up debts that forced him to sell the family castle, JP is isolated and vulnerable. With help from his handsome son Colm, it seems as though Margot might be the only one who can restore JP’s fortunes.

Will the family ever succeed in healing rifts that have been centuries in the making?

My Thoughts


The Distant Shores is part of the much loved Deverill series, and what a beautiful addition it is. We find ourselves in the 1980’s with Margot – a young author who, following her recent success, has taken herself off to Ireland where she is going to reside within an old castle for the next nine months as the writer-in-residence.

The castle has been in the Deverill family for more than 300 years but now, the most recent Lord Deverill – also known as JP – has put the castle up for sale and is instead living in the nearby hunting lodge. Margot finds herself approaching the reclusive man partly expecting him to chase her away, so when he instead offers to work on the book alongside her it is safe to say Margot is rather shocked by this turn of events.

As she gets closer to the Deverill family and the secrets of their past, Margot also grows closer to both JP and his rather attractive son Colm. Despite JP’s willingness to help her with her work, other family members are far more reluctant to welcome Margot in to their lives, and into the secrets their family hold.

This was such a fascinating read that had me captivated from the start. Margot is a strong, incredibly intelligent character who has a good heart and acts with the best of intentions. She has a certain warmth about her that really draws you in and allows you to connect with her. The storyline itself is beautiful and immersive, with a intriguing plot that has plenty of depth and drive throughout. I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to future releases by Santa Montefiore.

About the Author

Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 and grew up in Hampshire. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Santa’s books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than six million copies in England and Europe.

*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Simon & Schuster and Santa Montefiore for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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