Out this week, a new anthology of historical novellas in The Runaway Brides Collection.
My novella, The Irish Bride, relates the story of Deanie Devane, who escapes the Irish potato famine after her father’s death and sails across the ocean to America to make a new life with her guardian, her father’s brother. But Uncle Sean has plans for Deanie that include getting his money grubbing hands on her inheritance, at whatever the cost.
Here is the opening paragraph from The Irish Bride:
Ireland, February 11, 1847
The music had disappeared. The wild fiddle notes that danced across the cotters’ fields each summer evening had vanished like the smoke from their winter fires.
That was the first clue.
The second omen was the stench. Acre after acre of potatoes rotting in the fields overnight, fetid black masses that only the day before had been fine, stout specimens. A bumper crop, Da had said.
Now famine gripped Ireland in its bloody jaws, and her father had lost his race against time.
The Runaway Brides Collection featuring my novella The Irish Bride is available at Amazon and other bookstores.
The book has a lovely presentation, with deckle-edged paper, suitable for gift giving. So, if the idea of runaway brides intrigues you, order a copy today. You won’t be disappointed. And check out my other books on Amazon, if you like historical fiction.
And of course, read my story, The Irish Bride first!