The Girl from Ballymor

My latest novel, published on 7th September 2017, is set mostly in Ireland, with the historical part of the story set during the famine years of the 1840s.


Here’s the blurb:

What would you sacrifice for your children?

Ballymor, Ireland, 1847

As famine grips the country Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her two remaining children alive against all odds, Kitty must decide how far she will go to save her family.

Present day

Arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy – and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace.

Running from her future, it’s not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty’s fate, Maria must make the biggest decision of her life.

The book is available to buy now.

Buy from Amazon UK          Buy from Amazon US

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Buy from iTunes                  Buy from WHSmith

It’s also available as a paperback from Amazon UK and on sale in Asda. Next year it’ll be available as a paperback from Amazon US.

Here’s a Pinterest board for pictures which helped inspire this novel.

And here’s a promotional video:


First review, a week before publication from Karen at GoBuyTheBook. She was impressed by the way it “seamlessly merges past with present”. Thanks Karen, and thanks for the early confidence boost!

Cheryl M-M, who has reviewed all my books (thank you!), says I ‘know how to create the kind of characters readers can relate to’.

Lovely review from Pam Norfolk in the Lancashire Post, in which she says I am a ‘born storyteller’ (!!) and praises the ‘exquisitely drawn characters that remain with you’. I can’t say how chuffed I am with this lovely review!

Julie at Boon’s Bookcase said, ‘her attention to detail with regards to accents, places and the history of Ireland is exceptional’. Research is the fun part, of course!

Here’s a review from lovely Lor Bingham who recommended it for those who enjoy an emotional novel.


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