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She had left behind everything she loved to forge a future for the one she treasured most…

Inspired by heartbreaking true events, a rich, powerful novel of a mother’s love, a baby girl, a dangerous journey from Ireland to America and a forgotten story that binds two families separated by an ocean. From the Number One bestselling and beloved author of THE AMERICAN GIRL and THE PAPER BRACELET.

‘A true storyteller who keeps you turning the pages’ CATHY KELLY, Sunday Times bestselling author

A faded letter. A mother lost. A daughter found…

When journalist Jessie Daly loses everything she holds dear, she travels home to Ireland’s west coast, and helps an old friend researching life during the famine. Jessie becomes drawn into the heartbreaking story of a brave young mother, Bridget Moloney, and her daughter, Norah.

On the other side of the ocean, in Boston, Kaitlin Wilson is researching her family tree. She unearths a fascinating story, but her research forces her to confront uncomfortable truths about the past, as she uncovers an unexpected connection to Ireland in famine times.

Generations before, in the small town of Boherbreen, a young mother faced a heart-wrenching choice: to watch her baby girl perish with hunger, or to start out for a new life in America, alone, in order to protect the one she loves most…

Your favourite authors love the novels of Rachael English:

‘A powerful, important, beautiful book’ Sinéad Crowley

‘Utterly moving and compelling. That first line . . . wow! I was hookedPatricia Scanlan

‘A compelling read’ Sheila O’Flanagan

‘Fantastic storytelling looking back at Ireland’s dark past’ Liz Nugent

‘Outstanding. I was on the edge of my seat *****’

‘It broke my heart. Rachael has managed to tell a truly heartbreaking story beautifully and with real grace
and dignity *****’

‘I loved this book. Despite the subject matter this book is very uplifting *****’

‘A beautifully written story, uncovering some untold truths *****’


Praise for Rachael English: 'Utterly moving and compelling. That first line...wow! I was hooked
Patricia Scanlan
Fantastic storytelling looking back at Ireland's dark past
Liz Nugent
A powerful, important, beautiful book
Sinéad Crowley
A true storyteller who keeps you turning the pages
Cathy Kelly
A compelling read
Sheila O'Flanagan