On Sale: February 26, 2019
Featuring: Briana Walsh; Rory Caulfield
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Fiction | Historical | Women's Fiction Historical
From the acclaimed author of The Magdalen Girls and The Taster
comes a powerful, unforgettable novel of strength and resilience, set
against the backdrop of the Irish famine.
Ireland, 1845. To Briana Walsh, no place on earth is more beautiful than
Carrowteige, County Mayo, with its sloping fields and rocky cliffs
perched above the wild Atlantic. The small farms that surround the
centuries-old Lear House are managed by her father, agent to the
wealthy, reckless Sir Thomas Blakely. Tenant farmers sell the oats and
rye they grow to pay rent to Sir Thomas, surviving on the potatoes that
flourish in the remaining scraps of land. But when the potato crop falls
prey to a devastating blight, families Briana has known all her life are
left with no food, no resources, and no mercy from the English
landowner, who seems indifferent to everything except profit.
Rory Caulfield, the hard-working young farmer Briana hopes to marry,
shares the locals' despair--and their anger. There's talk of violent
reprisals against the callous gentry and their agents. Briana's studious
older sister, Lucinda, dreams of a future far beyond Mayo. But even as
hunger and disease settle over the country, killing and displacing
millions, Briana knows she must find a way to guide her family through
one of Ireland's darkest hours--toward hope, love, and a new
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