The Forgotten Secret by Kathleen McGurl

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Can she unlock the mysteries of the past?

A country at war

It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing and before long, Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty.
A long-buried secret

A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Rachel Gilby for asking me to review this delightful book. and for organising the blog tour.

The Forgotten Secret is set in two different eras, the early 1900’s and the present day. As you read you follow their journeys. Clare whose story is set in the present day, inherits a farm in Ireland and leaving her controlling husband she moves there. The farm is the connection between the stories as we also follow Ellen who works at the farm as a maid in the 1900’s and is involved in the fight for the countries independence.

I have read stories in the past where the author has struggled with really being able to write parallel timelines and stories but Kathleen has no problem whatsoever. Her writing style draws you in as a reader and I had no problem following along. I particularly enjoyed learning about the history of Ireland.

An empowering and poignant story that captivated me from the start and left me wanting more.

I have to find more by the author.

About the author:

Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband and elderly tabby cat. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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Twitter: @KathMcGurl


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