Mary Lavelle

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Mary Lavelle, a young and beautiful Irish woman, travels to Spain to work as a governess and see a little of life before returning to Mellick to marry her fiancé, John. Despite the impressive surroundings and her three charming charges, she finds life as a governess to the Areavaga family lonely. But with the arrival of the family's brilliant but married son, Juanito, Mary finds her loyalties and beliefs challenged by his fiery politics and passion. With characteristic elegance and subtlety, Kate O'Brien, one of ...

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Overview

Mary Lavelle, a young and beautiful Irish woman, travels to Spain to work as a governess and see a little of life before returning to Mellick to marry her fiancé, John. Despite the impressive surroundings and her three charming charges, she finds life as a governess to the Areavaga family lonely. But with the arrival of the family's brilliant but married son, Juanito, Mary finds her loyalties and beliefs challenged by his fiery politics and passion. With characteristic elegance and subtlety, Kate O'Brien, one of Ireland's most beloved writers, illuminates the anguish and ecstasies of a young woman at the heart of a family and a nation divided.

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"A superior type of romantic novel…quasi-intelligent and discursive, colourful and unorthodox."  —TLS

"She writes with almost poetic intensity of the ecstasy and anguish of love."  —Val Hennessy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844083152
  • Publisher: Virago UK
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Virago Modern Classics
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,256,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate O'Brien (1897-1974), one of Ireland's greatest and best-loved writers, was born in Limerick. As well as writing plays, travel and biography, she published nine beloved novels.

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