There were two subjects which lonely widower Edward de Salis never discussed: his dead wife and his family home in Ireland, 'matchless Cashelmara'.
So when he meets Marguerite, a bright young American with whom he can talk freely about both, he is able to love again and takes her back to Ireland as his wife.
But Marguerite soon discovers that married life is not what she expected, and that she has married into a troubled family bitterly divided by love and hatred.
Cashelmara becomes the curse of three generations as they play out their fates in a spellbinding drama, which moves inexorably towards murder and retribution.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 720 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/10/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780751535358
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Review by twilightlost
Susan Howatch always amazes me with her skill of writing different characters. This, Penmarric, and Wheel of Fortune follow the same pattern of moving forward chronologically but changing the voice of the main character in each part. Just when you think you understand what drives each character, the voice changes and you realize that you didn't actually understand them at all. Just goes to show that we never truly understand anyone beyond ourselves.
Review by shesinplainview
I read this long ago and I remember that it was the first I'd ever heard of the Irish potato famines. Very good historical novel.