Wednesday, November 10, 2021



It’s 1933 and Ellen lives in New York with her husband and and young daughter.  They have wanted to return to Ireland for many years, but the timing was never right, until now.  Ellen knows the secret she carries with her means she can never return. So, she kisses her family goodbye in the middle of the night and flees into the darkness.  Mairead has recently separated and has returned home to take care of her dying mother.  As Brigid begins to pass away in her last breath she calls out to her mother Ellen.  Mairead doesn’t know anything about her grandmother, Ellen. And with nothing more than an old photograph and a turquoise necklace, she begins to find out everything she can about her.  Her journey to find the truth takes her, to New York and to Arizona.  She discovers Ellen was on the run and was a wanted woman accused of a terrible crime.  

This story is filled with so much mystery and drama, and you will find yourself bonding with the characters.  The vivid description of western Ireland made me feel like I was actually there.  This book definitely hits all the emotions, I couldn’t read it fast enough, I had to know how it ended.  I devoured this book in one sitting.  This time slip novel is perfect and I absolutely loved it.  Wow, truly an amazing story and a great escape.

Thank you Noelle Harrison for such a fantastic, heartbreaking and emotional story.  I truly enjoyed every bit of this book. A fantastic and absolute must read.  I loved everything about this unputdownable book.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Noelle Harrison
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 10, 2021 
Pages: 378 
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Ellen looked into her daughter’s green eyes. Her chest felt tight, and her heart was cracking. If only she could be sure her secret was safe. If only she could go home to Ireland…

New York, 1933. Ellen looks at her sleeping husband and precious daughter for the last time. They have longed to return home to Ireland for many years, but now the time has come, and the boat is ready to leave. But Ellen knows the dark secret she hides means she can never go back. Heart breaking into a million little pieces, she kisses her little girl goodbye and lays a precious turquoise necklace down beside her head, before fleeing into the night.

Ireland, years later. Mairead’s world is falling apart. Recently separated, she has returned home to nurse her dying mother, Brigid. As Brigid passes, she calls out for her mother, Ellen, a woman Mairead knows nothing about.

All alone in the world, Mairead is stricken with guilt that she couldn’t honour her mother’s last wish. She travels to New York, the last place her grandmother was seen, clutching all that she has of her – a stunning turquoise necklace and a small black-and-white photograph. Mairead’s search leads her across America to Arizona where she discovers that Ellen was on the run, a wanted woman, accused of a terrible crime.

Mairead can’t believe that the young woman with laughing eyes and an innocent smile could have such a dark past. But as she uncovers the secrets and lies that forced her grandmother to abandon her only daughter, will Mairead’s own future be ruined by the shadows of her family’s secrets?


I’m an Irish author who’s been writing novels and plays for nearly thirty years. My first novel, Beatrice was published in August 2004 which was a bestseller in Ireland. This was followed by A Small Part Of me in 2005, I Remember in 2008, The Adulteress in 2010, The Secret Loves of Julia in 2012, The Gravity of Love in 2018, The Island Girls in 2020, and in 2021 The Boatman’s Wife. My forthcoming novel is The Girl Across the Sea published in November 2021. My books have been published in over 12 different countries.

In 2014 I was one of 56 Irish Writers included in the anthology and exhibition Lines of Vision Irish Writers on Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, and published by Thames & Hudson.

I’ve also written five plays – Northern Landscapes, Black Virgin, Runaway Wife, The Good Sister, and Witches’ Gets, which featured in Cymera and Audacious Women Festivals in Edinburgh in 2019 & 2020 to sell out houses.

I currently live in Edinburgh in Scotland, and I am one of the founders of Aurora Writers’ Retreats , and co-founder of yoga and meditation hub Rest and Rise.

My stories are written from the heart with family mysteries and secrets. If you like reading love stories set against evocative landscapes from all over the world, you might like to pick up one of my books. My purpose is to tell women’s stories and give voice to those who are rarely heard.

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