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My Mother’s Secret By Sheila O’Flanagan

My Mother's Secret‘My Mother’s Secret’ is by bestselling Irish author, Sheila O’Flanagan.

When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they’ll be pleased. What she doesn’t know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down. Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can’t bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you? As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they’re expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it’s not going to be for the reasons they imagined.

As a fan of Sheilia’s writing, I was delighted to delve into this book and read about the drama of a surprise anniversary party that had a lot more surprises than what was expected.

Controlling and organised Roisin, the eldest of the three siblings, is determined to throw her parents the best surprise party ever with the help of her younger sister Steffie and their brother and his partner are flying over especially for the event.

But on a night which is meant to be packed with celebrations and happy memories, Jenny the girl’s mother decides to reveal a secret that she can no longer keep to herself and the once solid family is torn apart.

The story is seen through the different perspectives of the women from the family as well as Davy as he tries to pluck up the courage to propose to his girlfriend. Roisin is distraught that her party is ruined whilst Steffie is dealing with the idea that her life was all based on a lie. She’s already conscious that she’s behind in life and is trying to make her new design business a success. As she tries to deal with the new information that Jenny has told her, she finds herself running off into the night into the arms of handsome chef, Liam Kinsella, who was a childhood friend.

The story takes place over the one night and also includes past and present narratives from Jenny, who is a strong and loving mother, who wants nothing more than to be honest with her children but for years, was afraid to say a thing as she was afraid of the consequences.

A tender tale that is perfect for fans of the well loved author, Maeve Binchy, ‘My Mother’s Secret’ explores the complexities of family relationships with an injection of Irish humour and charm.

You can buy My Mother’s Secret from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Cover Reveal – The Missing Wife By Sheila O’Flanagan

The Missing WifeI’m delighted to reveal the exotic cover to Sheila O’Flanagan’s new book ‘The Missing Wife’

The story of ‘The Missing Wife’ is –

It’s the perfect marriage. Everyone says so, even her closest friend. Really, as Vince has pointed out, many times, Imogen just couldn’t manage without him. And he’s saved her from the family that didn’t love her.

Couldn’t she? And has he?

There’s only one way to find out. Imogen’s on a journey in search of herself. But her past is right on her heels…

With a mysterious cover and an intriguing synopsis, ‘The Missing Wife’ sounds like a great book to look forward in 2016.

You can pre-order The Missing Wife from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 16th June 2016.

Event News – Sheila O’Flanagan Comes To The Aspects Festival, Bangor

Sheila O’FlanaganIrish International number one bestselling author, Sheila O’Flanagan is coming to the Festival Marque, on Sunday 27th September as part of the Aspects Festival, Bangor.

Author of twenty novels and three collections of short-stories, Sheila will be talking about her latest book, ‘My Mother’s Secret’, a story about deep buried secrets that threaten to unravel a family.

Before becoming a number one author, Sheila was a bond dealer and financial journalist, whose novels have all been immediate Irish bestsellers. Her books have been described as ‘necessary to women as chocolate, and just as addictive!’ Her last three novels have sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in their British editions.

Sheila O’Flanagan will appear on Sunday 27 September, 4pm, Festival Marquee, Project 24 and tickets are priced at £10. To book your ticket for the event, click here.

Win A Copy Of My Mother’s Secret By Sheila O’Flanagan

My Mother’s SecretI’ve another giveaway from the lovely people at Headline Books and today it’s Sheila O’Flanagan’s new book, ‘My Mother’s Secret’.

The story of ‘My Mother’s Secret’ is –

When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they’ll be pleased. What she doesn’t know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down.

Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can’t bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you?

As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they’re expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it’s not going to be for the reasons they imagined…

To be in with a chance of winning this delicious book, simply reply below with your answer to the question by Wednesday 22nd July and I shall pick a name at random.

What anniversary is Jenny celebrating?

Good luck everyone!

Sheila O’Flanagan To Release Children’s Book

Sheila O'FlanaganIrish author, Shelia O’Flanagan announced some exciting news this week when she revealed that she would be writing a children’s book called ‘The Runner’ with her publisher Hodder Books.

She revealed the news on her website –

“I’m really excited to tell you that I’m now also a children’s book author! The lovely people at Hodder book publishing will be bringing out my first every book for children in 2016. It’s a fantasy and will be for boys and girls in the 12+ age group. It’s called The Runner and it’s about a sixteen year old boy named Joe who is bullied at school and who one day steps through a portal into a different world. But he’s walked into training camp for young people who have a very special mission to carry out. The must venture beyond the Shield that protects their country to place the organic units that keep the Shield in place. This means they have to journey through enemy territory where one false move will get them captured and killed. Joe is forced to travel with one of the Runners, a clever and capable girl named Kaia who is determined to do whatever is necessary to protect her country….

I had great fun writing Joe’s story and seeing how he dealt with being in a different world with people whose values are very different to his own. I hope children and their parents will enjoy reading it too!”

Sounds like an interesting book, no matter the age!

For more information and updates, check out Shelia’s website.