1960. Clare Hamilton is returning home to Armagh to marry Andrew Hamilton, her childhood sweetheart. They plan to open Andrew's ancestral home, Drumsollen, as a guest house. Things start well, but when bookings decline, their business and plans are put in jeopardy. And with increasing political turmoil and religious tensions close to home they have to wonder if, despite everything, their future might lie elsewhere...
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Anne Doughty was born in Armagh but spent many years in England before returning to live in Belfast. She is the author of A Few Late Roses (longlisted for the Irish Times literature prize), Stranger in the Place and Summer of the Hawthorn and, with Seven House, On a Clear Day and Beyond the Green Hills.From Booklist:
Following the novels A Girl Called Rosie (2008), For Many a Long Day (2009), and Shadows on the Land (2010), Doughty’s latest brings her story of the Hamilton family to the century mark. This new entry features Clare and Andrew as they finally get married and begin life in Ireland. They open an inn in Andrew’s old home, Drumsollen, though Andrew has to continue his dreaded law work. Despite some years of success, the inn struggles during the 1960s, an era of political turmoil and the rise of airplane travel, which enables their usual customers to head for more distant destinations, forcing the young couple to reevaluate their plans and dreams. The setting and vibrant characters will draw in and please readers, as will the pervading sense of hope, even as disappointments rain down on Andrew and Clare. Readers who enjoy Gloria Cook’s small-town historical Cornish series will find Doughty equally engaging. --Amy Alessio
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