Set in a crumbling country estate on the south coast of Ireland The Christmas Party is a little gem of a book. Declan Lorne is the last Knight in Ireland. A title that ceases to be when he dies suddenly with three female heirs. His estate is passed to his three daughters. Ottie and Pip inherit the businesses that they had been running but estranged youngest daughter Willow gets the castle and its contents.
When Willow quickly announces that the castle has been sold the rest of the family can’t believe what is happening. Unable to understand why she is rushing into a sale and to Connor Shaye no less – the businessman who had tried to renege on a deal with their father to buy the estate.
This is a tale of complicated family relationships and despite the affluent lifestyle that you assume at the beginning it is a story of a more simple country life. The castle is a beautiful setting and Swan has created some interesting and relatable characters.
As I finished this lovely Winter read I found myself looking up Karen Swan and was surprised to see that she has sixteen books in print. Each year there is a Summer book and a Winter book without fail! Searching through my kindle I actually found three other Karen Swan books that I’d downloaded and not got around to reading yet. I’ll have to rectify that soon.
Supplied by Net Galley and Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
UK publication date: 31 Oct 2019. 480 pages.
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