by Patricia Hopper


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Only the heart knows where home truly is.
Ellis O'Donovan was an American through and through. He had no intention of going to his ancestral home in Ireland. After all, his parents were chased out by the English. But his mother insists on being taken back to die at her old estate, Kilpara. Ellis reluctantly agrees, expecting a quick round trip. Kilpara and its residents have other plans. The strife Ellis finds between his desire to return to his life in America, and to aid his kin in Ireland reaches a dangerous pinnacle when he meets Morrigan, the daughter of the very English overlord who has taken his birthright.

About the Author:
Patricia Hopper is the author of several award-winning articles and short fiction pieces. She is a native of Ireland, now making her home in West Virginia. This is her debut novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941072172
Publisher: Bygone Era Books
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have a taste for the bygone days of family sagas, the quixotic ways in which 19th Century events unfolded, this novel will not disappoint you. One day the main character, Ellis O'Donovan, is planning his bright future in post-Civil War Baltimore, only to find out the next day that he is being dragooned into escorting his dying mother to her ancestral home in Ireland. His keen disappointment over lost opportunities for romance & riches in gilded-age America is somewhat lessened by the rigors of the voyage, the curious reality of old-world Ireland in the 1860s, and his personal experience of being plunged into the amazing gulf between the aristocratic English and the luckless, landless natives of western Ireland. What happens next are the surprising developments that cause Ellis to discover himself in the act of defending his mother's dying wishes in this quaint land. A superb story-teller, Patricia Hopper has fashioned a tale that brings to life the characters and events of remote, rural Ireland in the nineteenth century, and the result is picturesque and pleasing.