Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 334
Date of Publication: October 3, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
18-year-old Iris Kelly 's mother has passed away do to a tragic accident. Although her mother was from Ireland, she was alienated from her family. Therefore, Iris has never met any of her Irish relatives. However, she is about to travel to Ireland and there she will meet her Aunt Maeve. While Maeve seems accepting of Iris's visit, she has a very sad and distant demeanor.
Iris soon begins to learn that there were secrets and lies that caused the formerly close sisters to completely break ties In fact, Iris is soon made aware that there was a third sister named Nuala. Iris slowly learns what happened to Nuala, and also begins to piece together the tragedies that tore the family apart.
One that about Iris is that she has an uncanny resemblance to Nuala. This gives more than one person in Ireland pause. Also, there is at least one character who is greatly affected by Iris's resemblance to the aunt she never met. Iris wants answers. One of the answer she seeks is to discover why her mother Aisling left Ireland, never to return, never allowing Iris to meet any of her other family.
This sensitive read by Noelle Harrison shows the power of sisterhood all while showing the devastation of loss. More than that, secrets and lies are the backdrop of the story as it slowly unfolds. In fact, there is a surprising level of darkness in the story, but I never lost interest in this book. In fact, I was invested from beginning to end, all the while hoping that Iris would find the answers she was seeking and that she would land on her feet. Kudos to Ms. Harrison for writing a story with family and a bit of Irish folklore. This is one read that I definitely recommend.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Noelle is an Irish author who's been writing novels and plays for nearly thirty years and her books have been published in over 12 different countries.