Tuesday, October 04, 2022



Three sisters, Maeve, Aisling and Nuala, loved living on the shores of the lake.  Their favorite time together was swimming in the lake, splashing around and playing in the water.  One afternoon, amongst the splashing and laughter, their lives are changed forever and they are devastated when Nuala drowns in the lake,  Twenty years later, Iris, Aisling’s daughter, is scattering her mother’s ashes in Central Park.  Iris is contacted by her mother’s sister Maeve, still in Ireland.  Aisling never spoke to Maeve again after Nuala had drowned in the lake.  Iris travels to Ireland and while she is enamored by the beautiful location of Swan Hall on the edge of the lake.  She is wandering the halls and discovers a diary…Nuala’s diary that has been there since the summer she drowned.  Aisling never told her daughter Iris about Maeve or Nuala and the horrible drowning. As Iris reads the diary, so many family secrets come to light.

This intriguing story was one that I found to be very unpredictable.  I never knew what was going to happen from one page to the next.  This story was filled with mystery, and the plot twists and turns were exciting.  This time slip novel was entertaining while the storyline had me gripped.  I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys time slip novels that contain mystery and family drama.

Thank you Noelle Harrison for such a dramatic and fascinating story.  This story completely transported the reader to Ireland while staying absorbed in the book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Noelle Harrison
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 3, 2022
Pages: 334 
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A lost girl. A mysterious house in Ireland. An invitation that changes everything.

Twenty years ago, at the end of a long hot Irish summer, three sisters submerge themselves in the cool lake at their home, Swan Hall. As Maeve and Aisling watch their beautiful younger sister Nuala laughing and splashing, droplets of water clinging to her dark hair, it is hard to hide their envy of her.  But later that day, when Nuala drowns, they are devastated.

Now, as Iris scatters the ashes of her beloved mother Aisling onto the golden leaves of Central Park, she feels very alone. But then hope comes in an invitation across the sea to Ireland from her mother’s sister, Maeve – the sister Aisling left behind and never spoke to again.

Swan Hall is more than Iris could ever have dreamed, sitting on the edge of a lake, full of history. But its dark corridors and staircases are caked in dust, and Iris feels a sense of unease. And then she finds a diary – Nuala’s diary from the long hot summer she disappeared.

Iris’ mother never mentioned Nuala. Why would she have lied? As Iris reads Nuala’s slanting script, she uncovers dark secrets and shocking betrayals, and she begins to wonder: was Nuala’s death really an accident? Can Iris find the truth, and will it change everything she knows about her mother… and herself?


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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