Release date - 13th April 2017
Book length - 400 pages
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - The American Girl: A page-turning mother-daughter story for fans of Maeve Binchy
Boston 1968. Rose Moroney is seventeen, smart, spirited – and pregnant. She wants to marry her boyfriend. Her ambitious parents have other plans. She is sent to Ireland, their birthplace, to deliver her daughter in a Mother and Baby home. Against Rose's will, her baby is taken for adoption.
Dublin 2013. Martha Sheeran’s life has come undone. Her marriage is over, and her husband has moved on with unsettling speed. Under pressure from her teenage daughter, she starts looking for the woman who gave her up for adoption more than forty years before.
Martha's search for her birth mother leads her to the heart of long-buried family secrets and forces her to question everything she thought she knew. When her first love, Paudie Carmody, re-enters the frame, she's also forced to take a hard look at her own life.
From Boston to rural Ireland; from Dublin back to Boston, The American Girl is a heart-warming and enthralling story about mothers and daughters, love and cruelty and, ultimately, the struggle for acceptance – and the embrace of new horizons.
In this beautiful novel of love, despair, and heartbreak. we embark on the journey of two women from different times as they try to come to terms with what has happened in their lives. In Boston in 1968 Rose Moroney finds herself pregnant to the man that she loves, but whom her parents abhor, and so Rose is shipped off to Ireland and forced to give away her baby. In Dublin, it is 2013 and Martha's life has imploded around her, so in trying to figure out her next move, she decides to get answers to the past first by beginning her search for information on her birth mother.
As the narrative moves from the past to present, I became completely immersed in both of the character's emotions, and time flew past as I was lost in this captivating story. Be warned - you will need a box of tissues close at hand, as the words will get under your skin and break your heart. As a mother, and an Irish woman, THE AMERICAN GIRL by Rachael English deeply struck a chord with me as we must recognise that while this is a compelling novel for us, for far too many people there are elements of their real experiences echoed in these pages, which brings an even deeper level of feeling to this book. THE AMERICAN GIRL by Rachael English will leave an indelible mark on your heart and mind as you read the first page and become enveloped by Rose and Miriam lives. Rachael English is a superb author who weaves a tale like no other, and I'm already looking forward to her next book.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+++++++
Rachael English is a presenter on Ireland's most popular radio programme, Morning Ireland.
She lives in Dublin, but was born in England and grew up in County Clare.
Her first novel, GOING BACK, was shortlisted for the most-promising newcomer award at the 2013 Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards.
Her second book, EACH AND EVERY ONE, was published in September 2014, and like GOING BACK, was a top five bestseller in Ireland.
Her third book, THE AMERICAN GIRL, will be published in 2017. For more information:
Twitter - twitter.com/EnglishRachael
Facebook - www.facebook.com/rachaelenglishwriter
*I want to thank Rachael English and Hachette Books Ireland for the opportunity to review this novel.
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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