Friday, September 02, 2022



Dublin, 1952:  Mary Kate Ryan receives an unexpected inheritance from her mother who abandoned her when she was an infant.  She never knew why her mother left her but has always wanted to know.  Mary Kate is ready to refuse the money until she sees an old deserted, rundown house for sale.  She dreams of turning the old house into the Dublin Boarding House to provide shelter for single women that need a roof over their head.  The Dublin Boarding House is exactly the place that two young orphans need.  A young pregnant teenager needs a safe place to stay for herself and her baby.  The boarding house is exactly what Mary Kate needs to build lifelong friendships with those that are in the same situation she was in at one time.  

This heartwarming and gut wrenching story is phenomenal.  I loved the amazing characters and felt such a connection with them.  Their stories of what they endured in life and overcoming their obstacles were very inspirational.  The family secrets that unfolded was something I never expected.  This book hits all the feels with its emotional and heartbreaking storyline bringing you to tears, and then bringing a smile to your face and joy to your heart.  This captivating read will have you flying through the pages anxious to find out what will happen next.  I loved this book and found it a completely unputdownable novel.  A five star must read, that I highly recommend.

Thank you Sandy Taylor for such an amazing story.  You are such an amazing author and I absolutely love your writing style.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Sandy Taylor 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: September 1, 2022 
Pages: 358 
Buy on Amazon 

24 Merrion Square. The house stands empty, the old stone steps overgrown with thorny rose bushes. But Mary Kate feels a deep connection to the neglected, silent rooms. Could this be the place to help her heal?

Dublin 1952. When Mary Kate Ryan receives a surprise inheritance from the woman who abandoned her as a tiny baby, she’s stunned. All her life, she has longed to know why her mother disappeared, and now she’s devastated to realise that every lonely night she spent without a home or family of her own, her mother knew exactly where she was.

Mary Kate is about to refuse the money when she sees a beautiful, deserted house for sale and something sparks in her heart. She will reawaken it, as the Dublin Boarding House for Single Ladies, and provide a shelter for others as lost and alone as her. Can she help the two young girls left at the local orphanage, desperate for a home of their own? Or the pregnant teenager on the run, who only wants to keep her baby safe?

The boarding house brings Mary Kate love and friendships she never dreamed of, but just as her heart is about to burst with joy, a new guest arrives. The stern older woman won’t speak about her past, but when Mary Kate uncovers her story, it reveals a devastating secret about her mother. With her life in turmoil once more, can Mary Kate draw on the strength of the women in the house to help her face her past, or will the tragedy she uncovers spell disaster for them all…?


Sandy Taylor grew up on a council estate near Brighton. There were no books in the house, so Sandy’s love of the written word was nurtured in the little local library. Leaving school at fifteen, Sandy worked in a series of factories before landing a job at Butlins in Minehead. This career change led her to becoming a singer, a stand up comic and eventually a playwright and novelist.

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