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Kilpara by Patricia Hopper Patteson

historical fiction


Kilpara,is set in 1866. Ellis O’Donovan, son of Irish immigrants Ann and Angus O’Donovan, is called away from his bachelor life in post-civil war Baltimore. Buy Book Here

He seldom visits the homestead in rural Maryland anymore, not since his younger brother was killed in the Civil War, followed by his father’s passing two years later. He returns home to find his mother seriously ill. Another surprise awaits him when she expresses her desire to return to her Irish homeland to die and later be buried among ancestors at Kilpara, the estate once owned by the O’Donovans for over three hundred years.

After many arguments, Ellis bends to his mother’s will. They arrive in Ireland to find it still ruled by British aristocrats, a fact that hasn’t changed since Ellis’ parents emigrated a generation ago. Lord Purcenell, an obstinate Englishman now owns Kilpara, and has no intention of granting O’Donovans a resting place in their ancestral cemetery. Ellis, determined to carry out his mother’s request, is thrust into the maelstrom between the strife-ridden Irish who want to see an O’Donovan reinstated at Kilpara, the English lord whose word is law, and a growing attraction to Morrigan Purcenell, daughter of the man who refuses Ellis' mother her dying wish.


Patricia Hopper Patteson, a native of Dublin, Ireland, lives in West Virginia. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University (WVU).  She received honors from WVU such as the Waitman Barbe Creative Writing Award and the Virginia Butts Sturm Award. She has received numerous awards from the annual West Virginia Writers’ competition. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in magazines, reviews, and anthologies.

Purchasing the Novel

Kilpara can be purchased through the publisher Bygone Era Books  

In Bookstores: Barnes & Noble (also available on Nook), Books A Million, Bradley's Books and Through ordering at any bookstore.

Available through electronic book sources Barnes and Noble and on Amazon


Midwest Book Review quotes Kilpara: “Nothing says "intimacy" more than shared family experiences that expose long-held secrets and inject much-needed understanding into the mix of angst and pain that permeate one family's world” – Diane Donovan

Manhattan Book Review quotes Kilpara “Throughout the story, the reader is introduced to many characters, who are all strongly developed by the author. Each one plays a unique and important role in the story. My biggest surprise was the relevant role of Ellis’ horse, Brazonhead” – Lisa Covington

The Historical Novel Society quotes Kilpara “As a first novel it is well crafted, solidly researched, and lovingly written” – Steve Shaw

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