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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2020 Kathleen McGurl (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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If I could rate 6 or more stars I would. Just a wonderful story that holds your interest. The history intertwined about the hardships in Ireland during the potato famine was incredible. I was truly mesmerized by the characters and the setting and just loved this book.
Narrator was great too

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Light historical fiction featuring 1840's Ireland

We enjoy historical fiction and this one was pretty good.

Overall I would give it a 3.5 if possible.

What it did well :
Nice job of putting you there in Ireland both current and past
We liked characters, the story and were hoping it worked out for them

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Plot was pretty weak and had some holes that prevented you from buying into all the way
The characters, while likeable , were not very deep.

Part that got a little annoying :
Main character's self obsession was a little annoying at times, but just a little

Will actually do another by this author and hope for a little more depth, but will settle if it is as good as this one.

Did a nice job of amusing us for our 7 hour drive

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Loved this book!

This was a charming book that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to. The narrator was great.

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  • 04-11-22

A beautiful heartbreaking slice of life!

I loved this story! A unique tragic slice of life filled with old truth and current comprehensive elements most women can relate with! I was sad this story was over but it gripped and tangled me from page one! the narrator was superb! I look forward to listening to more books both by this author and narrator!

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  • 11-02-20

Wonderful piece of art

Having lived in Ireland myself for over 14 years this book had catapulted me right back to it. The way it was written could make you easily imagine you were right there.
Both timeperiods were comprehensible and realistic and well written so that I could feel with the main character even if I not always understood her perfectly. Nevertheless the whole story is logical and well worked though I predicted some outcome.
Voice was brilliant and easy to listen to.
I can only recommend it.