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An enchanting and nostalgic tale of Ireland in the 1950s by Ireland’s favourite writer, Alice Taylor. 

The Phelans have owned Mossgrove for generations. The small, rural Irish farm has been the pride of them all until Ned's wife, Martha, arrives and begins to undermine generations of hard work and happiness. She resents the deep history of the place and sets about making it her own, shutting out what is left of Ned's family. She is particularly jealous of Ned's sister, Kate, a local nurse and doting aunt to Martha's children. 

When Ned dies suddenly, Martha puts Mossgrove up for sale in hopes that it will be bought by the neighbouring Conways, who have long coveted the Phelan farm. What she does not realise are the lengths to which Kate and the hired hand Jack will go to keep the land in the family.... 

©1997 Alice Taylor (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Brings you right there

The writing brings you right into the story and leaves you feeling a part of it through the whole book.

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Syrupy

Don’t waste time or money on this treacle. Plot simplified to minimal conflict, one dimensional characters and do reason. To keep reading except the performers voice. A great book to go to sleep by.

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Really enjoyed it!

Good book. I couldn’t stop listening. On to the next in the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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sweet and predictable.

Excellent for a driving trip when children are on board, but it lacks the subtlety needed to keep adult interest until the end. I prefer stories where some things are left unsettled. This one tied up *every loose end* in a way that made the last few chapters a chore.

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  • MS Wheeler
  • 01-19-19

Loved this Book

The fantastic narration of this lovely book makes the experience so enjoyable , it’s atmospheric and wonderful description will allow you to Day dream and be there, so looking forward to the next book

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  • John Stenson
  • 12-03-21

engrossing and moving

Alice Taylor's writing brings you back in time, in a way only she can do.

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  • jayjay
  • 08-23-20

A page turner!

This was one of the Irish novels I have so far encountered. It is story of an Irish farming family and their neighbours describing the good and the bad in Irish society in post war rural Ireland. It might have been improved by a little more historical background. It didn't bother me too much as the story was so gripping.The narration was excellent, so perhaps compensated for the lack of date setting. If there had been pages to turn - I would have described it as a page turner.

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  • 11-02-19

Irish history

Enjoyed this story so typical of family and the struggle over land. It was well thought out and you were waiting on tenterhooks for the ending.

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  • Tracey Barnes
  • 08-17-19

The woman of the house

Thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to this trilogy. The narration draws you in and is so well done that you feel you get to know the characters and there places within the family. Will look forward to listen in to the second book.

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  • 02-16-21

Excellent narrator

I loved the story, but the narrator really made it. Thanks Aoife you made the story come to life.

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  • 01-29-19

A wonderful story

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Thank you