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Author(s): Anne M McLoughlin

Location(s): Boston, County Clare, County Wexford

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): 1838 to 1978

An emotional tale of family secrets spanning three generations.

Mary Ann survives the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and lives on to become matriarch of the McNamara family. This solid rock of a woman is the person they all turn to when in need of refuge, understanding, and a dose of wisdom. What they don’t know is that for many years Mary Ann has been hiding a heartache of her own.

Her granddaughter, beautiful but emotionally fragile Bridie, full of hope and courage, survives a life of hard knocks. Emigrating from Ireland, she builds a new life in Boston. Following an affair that would rock society were it to be discovered, she is forced into making a heart-breaking decision. She returns home to Ireland with her arsenal of secrets, in her search for peace and the meaning of life.

Hidden lives, memories of the past – who knows what lies beneath the surface we present to the world?
Set in Counties Clare and Wexford, Ireland and Boston, USA

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