Norah’s Children by Ann O'Farrell

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Ireland 1924. When Norah Kelly unexpectedly dies, her family’s peaceful, rural life is shattered. Her husband, Brendan, decides he must seek a new wife, and temporarily places their four youngest children with an elderly aunt.

His plans inexplicably change the morning after his wedding. He refuses to take the children back, and will keep only the eldest, Pierce. He also steadfastly refuses to explain his decision. The aunt is left to resolve the children’s plight and find new homes for them.

The subsequent story of Norah’s Children holds us in its spell until the final, moving chapter.


About Ann O'Farrell

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Ann is an Irish author now living in Florida. In Ireland she worked as a theater director, drama teacher, and as a Drama Therapist. Her theater and teaching work was often with children, her dramatherapy involved clients of all ages with physical and/or mental disabilities. Ann began writing when she and husband, John, retired to Florida. Her letters home became humorous short stories, published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies and e-zines. She then wrote the Norah's Children trilogy, an historical family saga covering thirty five years in the lives of the five young Kelly children tragically separated and reared by very different families. Ann has three sons and two grandsons. She holds a BA and MA from Trinity College, Dublin where she studied Drama and Sociology.More about the author, and her work at:
Published September 5, 2011 by iUniverse, Inc.. 277 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Norah Kelly dies suddenly of a burst appendix, her widower, Brendan, an impoverished carter in the village of Glendarrig in the early 1920s, leaves his five young children with Norah’s elderly Aunt Bridget while he hunts for a new wife to care for them.

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