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Distractions, discoveries and the odd whirl or two

I have been remiss lately – and I apologise to any of my readers who have been waiting for my next blog – but I’ve been in rather a whirl. One of the more delightful whirls has been discovering this latest review by Crissouli of my novel, ‘Brigid The Girl from County Clare.’ 

I couldn’t stop turning just one more page, well, ok, just one more chapter… so much was familiar, yet so much was new and interesting. You really don’t know what to expect, which to me is a sign of a well written story. At no time did I want to end this book… not just fiction, but factional.. and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

I’d be so grateful if you would read the full review because Chris captures exactly what I always hoped readers would experience while reading Brigid’s story. And I pay tribute to bloggers like Shanannigans and Crissouli for sharing my novel and their opinion to the wider reading world. On a more personal level, I was delighted to discover Chris chose my story because (in her own words).

The title attracted me as well as the description of a lacemaker, being a family historian and a craftswoman. It also helped that I am named after my Irish grandmother, Bridget, who was a native of Co Clare.

(And she lives in Brisbane, where part of the book is set).

I’m even more delighted that Chris calls the story factional and plans to use if as reference material.

It’s always a pleasure to meet new people and make new friends through connections like these. I can’t say thank you enough to people who contact me, review my stories and tell other people. Are you a genealogist? Or a craftsperson, or Irish (or Welsh, like me). Please don’t be shy. Write to me.

As to why else my head is in a whirl, well, if you read my earlier blogs, you’ll know that we have been nomads this year, sometimes living in our caravan and sometimes house-sitting. I feel as if I’m always packing up getting ready to move.

However, all the distractions are about to come to end in the next month or so.  The house is nearly finished, but there’s been so many meetings and decisions that, at times, it’s been hard to keep up. But it’s been enormous fun designing where I want everything, pulling the colours together and seeing our new home take shape. Can’t wait!

Have you built a new home or done any major renovations and redecorating?  I’d love to hear your stories.

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