The affluent O’Donovan’s are mostly removed from simmering tensions at their rural estate Kilpara on Lough Corrib. Change intrudes upon their lives when Grace O’Donovan welcomes her older sister Deirdre home after her year abroad. Grace expects to find her sister worldlier, more sophisticated following her sojourn in Europe. Instead, Deirdre is moody and listless. Unbeknownst to Grace, Deirdre is concealing a well-guarded secret. When their childhood friend and neighbor Cecil Sloane discovers Deirdre’s hidden past, he demands her hand in marriage in return for his silence. A price so dear it shakes the O’Donovan family to its core, tests Grace’s courage and loyalty, and threatens her very survival.
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Patricia Hopper, a native of Dublin, Ireland resides in West Virginia. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from West Virginia University (WVU). She received honors in creative writing from WVU such as the Waitman Barbe Creative Writing Award and the Virginia Butts Sturm Award. She received numerous awards from the West Virginia Writers’ annual competition. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in magazines, newspapers, reviews, and anthologies. Kilpara is the first novel in a historical family saga trilogy about the O’Donovan family. Corrib Red, is the second novel in the sequel, and Aunjel completes the trilogy.
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