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  • Good book

    I love this cover! To begin with its a bit of a sad story. Ellen leaves her daughter, knowing she can’t return to Ireland. The book is told in dual timelines, both interesting. I thought it was a good story. There’s several twists and turns towards the end . Which all makes for a hard to put down read. I enjoyed it! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy

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  • The girl across the sea

    wonderful story filled with rich characters ad great story lines.i laughed,i cried, a thoroughly enjoyable read

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  • Finding a Grandmother

    Ellen leaves Ireland, becomes a mother in New York and eventually is lost in America. Mairead, her grand daughter sets out to find her but finds that no easy task. It makes for a different sort of mystery tale that I could not put down.

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  • Poignant, heartbreaking - beautiful story overall

    I loved this book. It had just the right mix of mystery, drama and emotion and tugged at the heart strings in all the right places. The story opens in 1933 with Irish-born Ellen making the heartbreaking decision to leave her husband and baby as they set sail for Ireland. An unspecified secret from her past is so bad that she cannot reveal it to her husband and cannot risk returning to Ireland. She cannot risk taking her baby with her as she knows her husband would do everything he could to track them down and bring them to Ireland with him - her only choice, she feels, is to run away and disappear, to once again start a new life. Fast forward to 1984 and the story is picked up with Ellen's grand-daughter who is going through her own share of upheavals in her life. Mairead has never had an easy relationship with her mother, (Brigid) and never understood why her mother pushed her away until yet another life-changing event prompts her mother to tell Mairead about her birth mother (Ellen) - a woman Mairead resembles in appearance. With the secret now out, Brigid asks Mairead to help her find Brigid. What follows are the stories of two remarkable journeys alternating between the women and their timelines. Brigid's story moves forwards as we learn what happened to her after she left her husband and baby and her eventual fate, all the time preserving the mystery of why she could not return to Ireland in the first place. Mairead's story moves forward in her hunt for her grandmother by first digging in the past for clues, then by learning how to move on with her own life. Both women face challenges along their journeys that cause them not only to question who they are but to reinvent themselves several times over. It is not until the very end of the book that the book finally delves further back into the past and we find out what happened in Ireland that meant Ellen could not return and some closure can finally be had by all. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Am I glad I read it - absolutely, I loved it Was it a waste of my time - not at all Would I sit down and read it all over again - absolutely Would I read more by this author based on this book - yes, I've just added one right now to be 'to be read' pile.

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