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Summary

Mary Kate Malone has escaped from Ireland to seek her fortune in Liverpool, but from the beginning, things go wrong, and now she is living a secret life in the shadows, with tragedy looming.

Mary Kate Malone has come to Liverpool from Ireland to seek her fortune, but from the very beginning things have gone wrong. Now she is living secretly with her great love, Dr Nicholas Marcus, while his wife, Lavinia, mother of his two sons, plots her revenge on the girl she believes has destroyed her marriage. When disaster strikes, Mary Kate's first instinct is to flee to her family in Ireland. But back in Tarabeg, a charismatic American stranger has set the village by the ears, and it isn't the place Mary Kate remembers any more. 

To add to her problems, Dr Gaskell and Matron from St Angelus Hospital have come to Tarabeg to recruit nurses, and Mary Kate's Liverpool life comes back to haunt her with a vengeance. 

©2019 Nadine Dorries (P)2020 Head of Zeus

Critic reviews

“As heart-warming as it is heartbreaking, this novel is unputdownable.” (Sunday Express

Angela's Ashes with a scouse accent.” (Irish Times)  

“A funny and sometimes shocking saga. I couldn't put it down.” (Cristina Odone)

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Thoroughly enjoyed

I wish there would be another one to carry on the story. I really enjoyed it.

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Loved listening to this book

Really enjoyed this book, listened at every opportunity even when driving anywhere.
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excellent

a brilliant trilogy I hope there is a fourth book in the making, congratulations to the author and the orator

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Great Story

I really enjoyed this. It would have been even better if the narrator had not almost constantly had a sense of urgency.

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Liverpudlian accent?

Overall the story is’OK’ and it’s nice to follow some of the same characters from Liverpool to Ireland, but although the narrator does a good job with the Irish voices and accents where on earth did she dredge up the accent for the people of Liverpool? It’s can only be characterised as sort of ‘mid northern’. Most odd.

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A great read.

Really enjoyed the Tarabeg series and really wish they'd go on forever. A great writer.

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Absolutely....

brilliant, loved everything about the whole trilogy from the characters and the antics that the characters get up to. The narrator is very good.

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ABSOLUTELY loved it.

I just love Nadine's books. I do hope there will be more in this series & the lovely lane nurse's. I love the way they are intertwined. The humour along side serious issues are written so well. They Narrative was brilliant also. Thank you

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nadine dorries always writes a good book. Brill.

I couldn't put this one down. all of her series seem to interlinked with each other.

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I have really enjoyed this book.Ihave had to keep listening to this book and was. Sorry when I came to the end.