Mary Kate Malone is seventeen and bitterly unhappy that her father has married again after the death of her mother. On her last day at school, she decides to leave home in Tarabeg on the west coast of Ireland and head for Liverpool to find her mother’s sister.
But absolutely nothing goes to plan. Within hours of disembarking, she finds herself penniless and alone, with no place to stay and no idea how she will survive.
Meanwhile, back in Ireland, where old sins cast long shadows, a long-buried secret is about to come to light and a day of reckoning, in the shape of a stranger from America, will set an unstoppable chain of events in motion.
Mary Kate is published in paperback and ebook in the 10th January 2019. Purchase your copy via the link below.
Mary Kate was an interesting, heart warming read that grabbed my interest from the first page.
The author does a great job of setting the scene and I felt that I could picture both the Liverpool and Irish settings in my mind’s eye. The author grew up in Liverpool and her love for a city is evident throughout the book. It’s definitely made me want to revisit the city myself.
The story is told from multiple points of view which means the reader gets more of an holistic view of what’s going on and makes for very interested reading. My favourite story line was Mary Kate though as I felt most connected to her and therefore quite invested in her story. She is a typical teenager in many ways and at times I wanted to scream at her as I felt she was making the wrong choice. Some of the other characters in the book, especially her dad and Joe I wished were featured more, though maybe they will be in future books in the series.
Overall I found this to be a well paced, absorbing read that is perfect for coseying up with on cold nights. It is part of a series but I think it could easily be read as a standalone, as I did.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Head of Zeus for my copy of the book.
About The Author:
I feel blessed to have been born and raised in Liverpool. A vibrant, creative city that faces out across the Atlantic, to Ireland and America.
As I grew up, I thought everyone had a childhood like mine. Only in later years, did I realise what a unique experience my childhood had been, in so many ways.
My Irish grandmother, Nellie Deane, would whisk me off to her rural village on the west coast of Ireland and immerse me in the smell of raw peat and Holy Smoke. She often forgot to bring me back home. This meant that I occasionally had to be popped into the local village school, to pacify my fretting parent’s back in Liverpool. An experience I shall never forget.
I trained as a nurse, established and sold my own business and became an MP before I turned my hand to writing as a way to escape from the stress of the long and frenetic hours I worked, never thinking that anyone would want to read what I wrote.
If Nellie was looking down on me, she would say that I had the the luck of the Irish running through my veins.
My books are based on the streets of Liverpool, or in the Liverpool hospitals where I worked, or at one of my favourite places in the world, the west coast of Ireland.
I write sagas and create communities, often linking one to the other. If you buy one of my books, I really do hope it brings you hours of pleasure.