A MOTHER’S HEART

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Intimate family drama – Secrets – Heartfelt

When a stepmother finds herself in battle with her children’s grandparents, an explosive secret is revealed that threatens their family’s happiness

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Themes explored: Stepmom – Custody Issues – Grief

Locations: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and Malahide, Ireland

Praise for A Mother’s Heart

A riveting family saga, with terrific characters, that has you utterly engrossed from start to finish. I loved it.

PATRICIA SCANLAN, INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

I absolutely adored every page of it . . . No one blends love and loss, happiness and heartbreak quite the way Carmel does. Not since the late, great Maeve Binchy.

CLAUDIA CARROLL, IRISH TIMES BESTSELLER

Full of heart and essential truth, this moving book will sweep you to a very satisfyiing ending and perhaps a few happy tears.

KATIE FFORDE, SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

With Echoes of Maeve Binchy, an emotional family drama . . . full of the warmth we’ve come to associate with Carmel’s writing. A natural storyteller with a talent for capturing life with all its complications, Carmel’s ability to handle loss and love with a light and sensitive touch, holds the reader in safe hands.

HAZEL GAYNOR, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Warm, uplifting and thought-provoking . . . The perfect book club read.

DEBBIE JOHNSON, USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Beautifully written, warm and wise. I adored it.

ALEX BROWN

An exploration of familial love and grief, of lives thrown together and blown apart, of hearts that struggle to understand and forgive, and how in the face of our greatest trials, our strongest bonds can be forged.

ROISIN MEANEY, IRISH TIMES BESTSELLER

Praise for Carmel

Carmel Harrington is a natural storyteller… with heart humour & hope

RTE

Key Facts

Ireland and UK May 2022 / Australia and New Zealand October 2022 Harper Collins

USA and Canada May 2022 Bookouture

A Mother’s Heart

How far would you go to save your family?

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

While Rachel Butler likes her life in a pretty Dublin coastal village, her heart lies in Hawkes Bay, where she grew up. Visiting for the first time since tragedy tore her family apart, she and her stepchildren fall for its beauty and outdoor lifestyle.

Malahide, Ireland

As Rachel picks up the threads of her life as a single parent, she can’t shake off the memories of her loving family in New Zealand – and her dream house, the villa on the bay. But it’s time to move forwards with their life in Ireland, close to the children’s grandparents, amid the familiar surroundings they all know well.

Until the children’s grandmother, still grieving, starts to interfere, questioning Rachel’s position as stepmother.   

Until Rachel’s attempts to strengthen the family she loves so dearly backfires, pitting everyone against each other.

And until her late husband’s parents mend the rift that has existed as long as she’s been married – bringing with them an explosive secret….

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