Sunday, 24 March 2019

The Forgotten Secret

The Forgotten Secret

A country at war
It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing and before long Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty.
And a long-buried secret
A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.
For fans of Kate Morton and Gill Paul comes an unforgettable novel about two women fighting for independence.

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Author Bio –

KATHLEEN MCGURL lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband and elderly tabby cat. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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My Review

As an English person reading about the fight for Irish Independence, I have to say this was an uncomfortable read as it was evident that I was on 'the wrong side', yet somehow, all credit to the writer, I found myself rooting for the main characters; this just goes to show what a complicated situation it was and still is. I enjoyed far more the present day situation and the journey of self-discovery as the protagonist tries to escape her controlling husband. This was told with such insight and anybody who has been in that situation or knows someone who has, will immediately identify. Cleverly told, I loved how the two stories came together, each with their own share of heartbreak.

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