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Summary

The brand-new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

Pure escapism at every moment, 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?

©2021 Santa Montefiore (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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For Deverill Fans

Having read the first three Castle Deverill books, I hoped this would be the same, yes it carries the story on but it did not have the same feeling as the previous novels. Not sure if it needed the fourth book, but you’ll have to make up your own mind. Lots of time spent with the spirit world which helped span many generations, quite a clever trick to get the back story reminders.

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Great story, not great narration

I’ve read all the Deverill instalments so absolutely needed to read the concluding part too… The story does not disappoint, and ties everything up very satisfactorily. The narration however is weird to say the least… For large parts it’s like listening to your satnav reading to you - The intonation sounds like it’s been put through a voice processor. And it’s sloooow… I listened to the entire book on x1.2 speed which I wouldn’t normally do. Anyhoo, great story. Don’t be put off.

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A compelling read

Whilst some of the story and characters were difficult to believe, I found the story fascinating and gripping. The thinking about the afterlife, different types of spirits and the causes (and way back from) alcoholism were well thought out and expressed. For anyone with an open mind snd questions it has much more to it than expected. Recommended.

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Bit disappointing

I really wanted to like this and it was lovely to revisit some of the characters from the trilogy, but it just felt flat to me. There was an awful lot of recap through the spirit world and it was heavily focused in the spirit world at times which I’m not so keen on. It did feel like it was a book written for the sake of it rather than to complete the story. The 3rd book of the trilogy finished nicely and although I enjoyed the 4th book a lot, really there was no need for this one or the 4th book. The ending was also very over the top on the love element and how love is so important etc etc. to the point that it was a bit sickly, even for me!
The narrator was ok but there was at least one error in her narration where she repeated herself having got a word wrong. For some reason I also could hear her breathing a lot more than other narrators and her taking breaths in between speaking, it was a bit of a distraction at times but I did get used to it.

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Fantastic!

I've enjoyed everyone of the Deverill books, I was there in the castle, absolutely brilliant!

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Enjoyed the story immensely and gives you thoughts

Looking forward to the next Santa Mintefiori book, it's sure to be a good and interesting read.

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Brilliant

when I realised this had been released, I have to admit to being a little warry. Turns out I had know reason to be. This is yet another great book that just adds to the series.

The narrator is great if once or twice near the end she does forget to change from a female to male voice, lol. By then I was so engrossed in the book that it really made no difference.

I hope of you ready this and buy this great book your not disappointed.

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A Little disappointing

After reading the first four books in the series I couldn’t wait to read this one. They were full of intrigue and wit and I couldn’t put it down. However, this book was nothing like the others. The Deverill’s story had run its course and the author tried too hard to get another book out. It felt like I was reading a book about spiritualism and the author did nothing but try to make converts of all the readers.

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Loved it.

Loved it. Characters interesting. Well read and an interesting perspective on the afterlife. Well recommended.

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Was like returning to old friends

I have loved the Deverill saga & reading this final book was like returning to old friends. Loved the way it linked the past with the present day. It was heart warming & I really hope it isn’t the end of the Deverills. Didn’t want to finish it.
Absolutely loved the narrator too. Santa Montefiore never fails to write a good book. I absolutely recommend this.