'AUNJEL' IS NOW AVAILABLE -- the Third book in the O'Donovan Family Saga


  •  Baltimore 1895

    Aunjel’s career at the Metropole Gentlemen’s Club unravels when the singer injures a U.S. congressman with a near-fatal knife wound, after he drunkenly accosts her onstage. Her life spirals further downward from news that her mother is critically ill. Aunjel rushes to her mother’s home at Stonebridge House, an estate owned by the O’Donovans in Maryland.

    Before her death, her mother confesses that Ellis, one of three O’Donovan brothers, now living in Ireland, is Aunjel’s biological father. Left with no family and unable to return to Baltimore, Aunjel accepts Ellis O’Donovan’s offer to become a governess to his granddaughter at Kilpara in Ireland. When an elusive enemy threatens the O’Donovan family, Ellis’s daughter, Grace, suspects the new governess.

    Is Grace correct in her assumption, or are other forces seeking vengeance against the O’Donovans, and even Aunjel herself? 

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Aunjel a book by Patricia Hopper
Aunjel a book by Patricia Hopper

About the Author



​Patricia Hopper, a native of Dublin, Ireland, lives in West Virginia. Her debut novel, Kilpara, published by Bygone Era Books is the first in a three-part historical fiction family saga series. Her second novel Corrib Red published by Cactus Rain Publishing was released in March 2017.

The third book in the series, Aunjel, IS NOW AVAILABLE. Her latest novel Hearts Apart is available in E-book. She has published articles and short stories, both fiction and non-fiction in anthologies, reviews, and women's publications.​ 



1st Book in the O'Donovan Family Saga"

KILPARA is a beautiful story. . ."
--Manhattan Book Review

​Ellis O'Donovan, the son of Irish emigrants, Ann and Angus O'Donovan, is called away from his bachelor life in post-civil war Baltimore. He returns home to rural Maryland to find his mother seriously ill from consumption. She implores him to take her back to Ireland to see Kilpara one last time, the estate once owned by the O'Donovans for over three hundred years.  

After much quarreling, Ellis gives in to his mother's request and arrives in Ireland to find Kilpara ruled by overlords, a fact that hasn't changed since his parents left a generation ago. Lord Purcenell, an obstinate Englishman, denies Ellis' mother her wish and thrusts Ellis into the maelstrom between the strife-ridden Irish who want to see an O'Donovan reinstated at Kilpara, the English lord whose word is law, and Ellis' growing attraction for his nemesis' daughter.​



The 3rd Book in the O'Donovan Family Saga


-Midwest Book Review

Grace Welcomes her sister Deirdre Home after a year abroad. Instead of finding her sister worldlier, Deirdre is moody and listless. Unbeknownst to Grace, Deirdre is concealing a well-guarded secret. When Cecil Sloane discovers Deirdre's secret, He demands her hand in marriage for his silence. A price so dear it shakes the O'Donovans to their core and tests Grace's courage and loyalty, and threatens her very survival. 


Two hearts where one love begins

Leslie Maitland, a well-established doctor at Chicago General, returns home to live with her grandmother in the quiet town of Craicsville, Kentucky after her broken relationship with long-time lover Paul Packett. Her homecoming is upended when she discovers aspiring politician, Travis Winston, has ingratiated himself in her grandmother’s life. His constant presence grates on Leslie’s apolitical nerves and dashes her hopes of a tranquil existence as the town’s newest doctor.

Against her will she is plunged into a political firestorm that forces her to confront a childhood tragedy in her past. Redemption means placing her trust in the very man she despises. 

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​Patricia Hopper is from Ireland and lives in West Virginia

Praise for Hearts Apart

After a breakup with fellow physician in Chicago, Leslie returns to her home town to take over the small general practice of an aging local doctor. She runs into Travis, who is running for Senator, & since she hates politics & politicians, they rub each other the wrong way. This is a slow & steady romance. The story has a few twists & turns, with some surprises; it’s well written & the characters are developed.

Alberta - ManicReaders.com 

Praise for Kilpara

"Kilpara is a beautiful story. . ."   ​​-Manhattan Book Review

Praise for Corrib Red

Set against a climate of unrest and struggle for home rule in Ireland, romance and suspense merge in this emotionally charged story. Though the plot unfolds gradually. The book and grips the reader with several shocking turns that have life-and-death consequences. The characters and descriptions of the countryside’s beauty and charm leave a lasting impression.

Cynthia Slocum-HNS


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