'AUNJEL' IS NOW AVAILABLE -- the Third book in the O'Donovan Family Saga
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"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.
"Unexpected" and "Captivating" -Midwest Book Review
The O’Donovan’s affluent lifestyle is mostly unaffected by simmering tensions for Home Rule in Ireland. Change intrudes upon their lives when Grace O’Donovan welcomes her older sister Deirdre home from her year abroad. Grace expects to find her sister worldlier, more sophisticated after her sojourn in Europe. Instead, Deirdre is moody and listless. Unbeknownst to Grace, Deirdre is concealing a well-guarded secret. When their childhood friend and neighbor Cecil Sloane discovers Deirdre’s hidden past, he demands her hand in marriage in return for his silence. A price so dear it shakes the O’Donovan family to its core, tests Grace’s courage and loyalty, and threatens her very survival.
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?