Rural Irish girl Ellie loves living in New York, working as a lady’s maid for a wealthy socialite. She tries to persuade her husband, John, to join her but he is embroiled in his affairs in Ireland, and caught up in the civil war. Nevertheless Ellie is extremely happy and fully embraces her sophisticated new life. When her father dies she must return home, but she intends to sort her affairs quickly and then return to her beloved America. But once home her sense of duty kicks in and she decides, painfully, that she must stay to look after her mother and resume her marriage. Ellie is suddenly thrown into the simple, rural life she believed she had grown out of…--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Kate Kerrigan was born in Scotland to Irish parents and reared in London. She began her career in Journalism at the age of nineteen rising to become editor of various publications before moving to Ireland in 1990 to relaunch Irish Tatler. After ten years working in Dublin, she fulfilled her dream of moving to the west coast of Ireland to become a full-time author. Living in the picturesque village of Killala, she has two sons Leo and Tom with husband Niall. She writes most days in a small cottage in her mother's back garden and loves to take day trips in her camper van. She also writes a weekly column for the Irish mail about her life as a mother and writer and her latest addiction is Pinterest and finding pictures of lovely lady novelist fashion. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage which was shortlisted for the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award and Miracle of Grace. Ellis Island was a TV Book Club Summer Read and the story of Ellie Hogan was continued in City of Hope published in 2012. The final part in the compelling trilogy Land of Dreams is due to be published in 2013. Kate is currently writing a new novel due for publication in 2014.