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Cashelmara Paperback – October 7, 2004
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Edward de Salis, an English nobleman with vast landholdings in Ireland and England travels to America and visits the Marriot family, distant relations in New York City. De Salis, a man in his fifties, has been a widower for eight years and has a young son, Patrick, and three older daughters, all married or living away from home. He returns to England with plans to marry seventeen year-old Marguerite Marriot, to his family's great consternation. Marguerite and Edward are married at the family estate, Cashelmara. Oddly enough the marriage turns out to be a love match. Times become difficult when Edward dies and finances become tight. Cashelmara and the situation in Ireland begin to weigh heavily on the family with unexpected results. This historical novel is filled with romance, intrigue, social and political unrest and family drama.
Ms. Howatch is able to vividly describe the same situation through the eyes of various characters. These differing points of view give tremendous depth to her characters and interesting insight into their personalities and ulterior motives.Read more ›
'Cashelmara' is divided into six sections. Each section is narrated in the first person, by a different character. I love this structure, as you really get into the heads of the different characters, and see how they think and see themselves and others. Howatch has complete command of her structure and pulls it off wonderfully.
If you know anything about fourteenth-century English history, you'll see how accurate a re-telling it is. If not, you're sure to enjoy a well-told and fascinating novel that's full of emotional ups and downs. I agree with a previous reviewer who called it emotionally draining! 'Cashelmara' is a highly rewarding read.
When I finished it, I was almost drained with emotion. That sure doesn't happen to me very often. I loved it.
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If you enjoy fascinating, long family sagas, you'll love this one for sure!Published 12 hours ago by meshla
This is one of the best books I've ever read. The way the author moves the reader through time was fascinating, each section told to us by a different character. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kara Oh
I was compelled to read the book as I wanted to know what happened, but many times I thought I would put it down unfinished and not bother. Read morePublished 7 days ago by joan barada
Not as good as Alison Weir's book about Isabella, but based on the same general life story set in a more modern era. Read morePublished 8 days ago by F. Reyes
Loved the history and the story told from each persons perspective-you really got to know each character. The ending didn't disappoint.Published 10 days ago by Lkt
This novel was much better than I expected. Susan Howatch is a good writer and a little unconventional in that her novels are not the predictable historical romance/family drama... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kathryn Ingram