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There was some dark secret in this western edge of Ireland that her husband never wanted her to find out. She might never be able to lay his body to rest, but she could gain some kind of closure by finding out who the man she married was.
When Lily married her soulmate Connor, buffeted by the sea spray and wild winds of her coastal homeland in Maine, she never imagined she’d be planning his memorial just three years later. Connor has been lost at sea, leaving Lily heartbroken.
But as she prepares to say goodbye to Connor for the last time, she is shocked to discover a message to him that he never told her about:
Does your wife know who you really are, Connor Fitzgerald? Don’t ever think you can come home. Because if you do, I swear I’ll kill you.
Unable to bear living in the home she and Connor shared, Lily decides to find out her husband’s secret. She flies to Connor’s home town of Mullaghmore on the west coast of Ireland, a harbour town hugged by golden beaches. But when doors are slammed in her face, she begins to realise that she knows nothing about her husband’s past. Will Lily risk everything to find out the truth about the man she married?
A completely heartbreaking story about the lies we tell to protect the ones we love. Fans of The Light Between Oceans, Lisa Wingate and Susanne O’Leary will lose their hearts to The Boatman’s Wife.
Praise for The Boatman’s Wife:
‘Make sure you have the tissues handy when reading this book as you will need them! What an emotional journey… I could not put it down until I had read that final page… had me captivated… a heartbreaking tale’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What a totally fantastic book, totally captivating from the very first page… I can't praise this book enough.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I read this wonderful book in a single sitting, only reluctantly putting it down when absolutely necessary.’ Books ‘n Banter, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I devoured every page… Noelle Harrison is a new author for me and I am eager to read more. I enjoyed the way her characters developed through the chapters and the way the book is set between present day and Ireland in the early nineties. It covers some tough subjects but they were handled with sensitivity. I can highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘You will be captivated… This story of redemption will pull at your heartstrings and leave you with the biggest smile when you realize the lengths some women will go to find the truth… You’ll love this epic journey.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Harrison is a gifted writer.
Vinalhaven Island. A disappearing place, in the wild Atlantic, of towering pines, lobster traps and two sisters torn apart by tragedy…
Harvard 1960. Nineteen-year-old Susannah says farewell to college life for the summer and returns to Vinalhaven Island, her remote rocky home off the coast of Maine. Her beloved sister Kate is marrying Matthew, a local fisherman, a man with a heart as cold as the Atlantic Ocean.
Years later, nurse Emer is sent to Vinalhaven to look after Susannah, who has lived in isolation since her sister’s tragic death. When Emer discovers a bundle of letters in a rainbow quilt in the bedroom, she and Susannah grow closer. Eventually, Susannah opens up enough to tell Emer the story of Kate’s brutal and secret past.
But when Emer starts asking locals about Kate, the island air sizzles with hostility. There are people who would rather that Susannah kept quiet, who have no qualms about threatening Emer. But despite the warnings to stay away, Emer is determined to find out what really happened the night Kate died – and the final secret that is keeping Susannah a prisoner to the past.
An unputdownable and unforgettable story of impossible choices and two sisters who would do anything for one another. Set on a bewitching sea-scented island, The Island Girls will burrow into your heart. Perfect for fans of Lisa Wingate, Anita Shreve and The Light Between Oceans.
What everyone’s saying about The Island Girls:
‘The Island Girls is a gorgeous, beautifully written, compelling story of love, loss and hope. I was completely absorbed in the stories of Emer and Susannah and their sisters when reading and somewhat bereft to leave them behind. This is a story which really touched me and I will remember the characters for a long time. If I tell you that I have added it to my Top Reads list for 2020, you will know how much I loved it. Please buy it, you won't be disappointed!’ Portobello Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘It is gripping, beautiful, moving and unforgettable. Readers, you are in for a TREAT!’ Sinead Moriarty
‘So much love for this book!! I adored the story of Emer and the prickly Susannah, as they both face up to extremely difficult pasts and find ways of moving forward.’ Books and Me, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely loved this… Highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I found it extremely difficult to put the book to one side for any length of time. … Once I started to read that I was it, I completely immersed myself into the story and I found myself going through all kinds of different and contrasting emotions… This may be the first of Noelle's books that I have had the pleasure of reading but it certainly won't be the last… a beautiful and emotional story’ Ginger Book Geek
Die achtunddreißigjährige Joy liebt die flirrende Hitze ihrer Heimat Arizona, die blühenden Kakteen und den unglaublichen Sternenhimmel über der Wüste. Doch als sie nach dem Tod ihres Vaters herausfindet, dass sie adoptiert ist, fühlt sie sich entwurzelt und einsam. Bis sie in einer besonderen Sternennacht Lewis kennenlernt und sofort eine Verbindung zwischen ihnen spürbar ist. Fortan kreuzen sich ihre Wege immer wieder – so auch am Flughafen, als beide sich auf die Suche nach ihren irischen Wurzeln begeben. Gemeinsam machen sie sich auf die Reise und erkennen, dass das Schicksal sie nicht zufällig zusammengeführt hat.
Vom sonnenbeschienenen Arizona bis an die raue irische Küste: ein berührender Roman über Familie, Liebe und die Suche nach den eigenen Wurzeln
Could Joy have been a different kind of girl, another woman, if her mother hadn't given her up?
"From the arid desert of eighties Arizona to swinging sixties London, Noëlle Harrison connects her beautifully drawn characters and weaves them into a story that entangled, enchanted and entranced this reader."
– LIZ NUGENT, author of Lying in Wait
"So rich in love, loss, blame, misunderstanding, secrets and betrayals – this book has everything."
– SINÉAD MORIARTY, author of The Good Mother
"From big sky Arizona to an Ireland of 'corners and clouds', Noëlle Harrison leads us on a hypnotic dance across the decades. A vivid, gripping tale of family secrets and lost love."
– SANDRA IRELAND, author of Beneath the Skin
Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but dreams too of the sea's elemental wildness. Now, riven by terrible secrets, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her identity – and to discover why the sea pulls at her heart.
Lewis Bell, a young graphic designer, is aiming for the big time – if only he can keep his creative spark. But, as his talented girlfriend Marnie adds her own pressures, sixties Soho fast shows its darker side.
Drawn together, Joy and Lewis fly across the Atlantic to the Irish coast. She's in search of a lost mother; he's looking for a lost love. They need to make peace with the past, themselves and others. But the truths they encounter will transform everyone's lives forever.
Bold, intimate and joyful. This glorious novel tells an unforgettable story of love's true gravity.
Neste romance, Valentina vive em Milão com seu amante Théo e recebe dele um presente inusitado: um álbum de fotos antigas, com negativos enigmáticos, cujas imagens, à primeira vista, são indecifráveis. Adepta do processo fotográfico tradicional, ela amplia os negativos em sua câmara escura e, ao montar o quebra-cabeça, descobre que se tratam de closes de uma mulher retratada em poses eróticas.
Ao mesmo tempo, Valentina recebe uma proposta de trabalho igualmente inusitada: criar uma série de fotos artísticas e eróticas em um clube de sadomasoquismo. Inicialmente avessa ao tema, acaba acreditando que suas incursões nesse mundo podem ajudá-la a descobrir quem é a mulher retratada nos negativos. E também qual a relação dela com a sua vida.
Louise Brzezinska, por sua vez, vive em Veneza no ano da Grande Depressão, 1929. Presa num casamento infeliz com um poderoso homem de negócios, certa vez é confundida com uma prostituta e resolve viver a experiência. Ao ver aflorar toda a sua sensualidade e desejo reprimidos, passa a levar uma vida dupla, alternando a recatada vida de socialite com seu alter ego, Belle, a cortesã mais famosa de Veneza.
Mesmo separadas por décadas, Valentina e Belle têm uma relação atemporal entre elas: ambas estão em busca de sua verdadeira identidade. Belle acredita que só o amor pode ser libertador, enquanto Valentina mergulha em uma viagem erótica que vai revelar traços de sua personalidade que ela jamais pensou existir.
Eithne is the keeper of secrets in her family. When her sister Beatrice disappeared from her home in the dark woods of Co. Meath, it was 13-year-old Eithne who uncovered the forlorn evidence of her life: a string of pearls, a pink beret, a compact and her beloved sketchbook. Their mother, Sarah, was so grief-stricken that she did not speak for five years, and her father Joe, sank further into drink-filled rage.
Now, as an adult, Eithne is an artist, and tries to remember her sister in her sketches of the dark wooded bogs behind her house. For there was something else about Beatrice that was rarely spoken of in the household, a dark, guilty secret that her disappearance only made worse. And now, almost twenty years later, all could be revealed when a stranger appears . . .
Framed by Eithne’s journey to discover the truth about her sister, with the magic and beauty of art running through it, this is a richly compelling, haunting story of family secrets, passion and ultimately redemption.
'Vivid and powerful, BEATRICE is a novel told in gleaming moments, like a string of pearls brought one by one out of the dark. It has the compelling power of a detective story, following a trail of ghosts into the past'
'It totally grips the reader's attention quite literally to the very final paragraph . . . it marks the debut of a deeply mature and skilful voice . . . '
DERMOT BOLGER, THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
Nicholas is running away, both from his marriage and an unfaithful wife, and the comfortable life he has known in Dublin. He buys a run down house in rural Cavan, right in the heart of Ireland, and embarks on a huge renovation project. While he is there, the house seems to speak to him - there are voices coming from an untraceable source, the seductive smell of baking seeps through the walls, and there is the unmistakable ethereal presence of a woman from the past.
She is June Fanning, an English woman who lived in the house in 1941. As her narrative combines with Nicholas's, the story of The Adulteress is revealed - and Nicholas begins to discover exactly what went wrong with his own marriage.
Now she is eighteen, Barbara leaves home in Ireland hoping to escape from the memory of the tragic death of her little brother, and begin a new life as an au pair in London looking after young Matilda Finch. Almost as soon as she arrives in London, the family announce they are off to the Camargue in France for the summer taking Barbara with them. She is soon aware that she is one of a long string of au pairs and that the Finch family has problems: Olivia is beautiful but brittle; her husband John stiflingly affable, and their daughter is constantly ill.
Over the summer, Barbara's sexuality is awakened by someone who leads her to believe that she could be falling in love for the first time. Yet when she confides her doubts about the Finches, she realises she has illuminated issues far beyond her own understanding, and that the consequences will be devastating.
Set in the eerie salt marshes of southern France, inhabited by the famous white horses, flamingos and black bulls, I Remember is a remarkable story of deception, passion and ultimate redemption.