Set in Ireland, Queensland, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand
Like making lace – she pieced together a new life from a single thread of hope
Brigid loves her home and family very much, but she is torn. If she stays, she is another mouth to feed in a land plagued by starvation and poverty. If she leaves, she will never see any of them again. Heartbroken, Brigid boards the ship that will take her to a new life in Australia comforted only by the thought her cousin Jamie will make the journey with her.
Her skill as a lacemaker soon draws attention, but life doesn’t always run smoothly in the harsh new landscape. Brigid must learn to conquer her fears and overcome the stigma of being a servant, a female and Irish if she is to fulfil her dream. A new start in New Zealand offers hope – until the day the man who seeks her downfall finds her.
This was a delightful book and reminded me of an author that got me hooked on great stories about everyday people and their struggles to make a better life for themselves. It is not often that I put a book in the same sentence as Catherine Cookson, but this book fits.
I know very little about the struggles in Ireland but I feel that this book could be the story of a real young girl, who leaves a struggling family in Ireland…to make a new life for herself. Brigid is a strong character, showing the struggles she has mostly alone in a country she is not familiar with.
The book flows very well…keeping you ever wondering what is going to happen to Brigid next. (will she succeed in making a successful life?) There was never a slow part of the book…keeping you quickly turning the pages for more. Highly recommended and look forward to more books by this author – IndieBRAG reader.
Praise for “The Girl From County Clare“:
The historical aspects of the story are so accurate and described so perfectly that the reader will frequently need to remind herself/himself that the story is fiction….This is a thoroughly satisfying read. It is the kind of story that passes the test as a work of history and is equally satisfying as a novel that will have your attention from first to last. 4 stars – Frank O’Shea, The Irish Echo, Sydney.
An extremely well-researched historical novel. The author’s accuracy and attention to detail was evident throughout the novel. …an entertaining and enjoyable historical novel – IndieBRAG reader.
I love all things Irish, especially Historical Fiction. The time frame depicted in the book was a very important time in Irish history. People leaving Ireland due to the English oppression, no food, families to big to take care of. Families either married off their daughters or sent the abroad ie. America or Australia among others. The writing was good in this book and historical accuracy was spot on – IndieBRAG reader
Well written book with strong characters and a great story line – IndieBRAG reader
With an incisive eye for historical detail and bridging fact with fiction, Vicky Adin brings strong characters and plot to her Pastfinders books. Brigid is a real page turner – Jenny Harrison, author of The Lives of Alice Pothron.
Vicky Adin has once again demonstrated her considerable flair for weaving historical fact into a rich intensely readable story. Her best yet – Erin McKechnie, author of Cissy
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