Carmel Harrington The Girl from Donegal


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Can you ever forget your first love?

Donegal, Ireland, 1939

As the world teeters on the brink of WWII, Eliza Lavery is alone in the world after her fiance, Davey, was lost following the Irish War of Independence. But a fateful meeting on the wild beauty of Ballymastocker Bay could change everything.

Hamilton, Bermuda, 2022

Eight decades later, troubled by her future, Saoirse O'Donnell walks on the pink sands of Bermuda's Horseshoe Bay. When she uncovers a connection to Eliza, all those years before, she hears a story that promises to influence her own heart and her own choice - but that also reveals a long-buried secret.

Two women must each make a choice between their past and their present in this sweeping, epic love story spanning two continents, three generations, and joy and tragedy over nearly a century.

Praise for The Girl from Donegal

'A timeless love story, beautifully told across eighty years and two continents . . . Carmel takes us on an emotional rollercoaster' HAZEL GAYNOR

'[The] characters are unforgettable and drawn with real heart - you're rooting for them from the get-go and with them all the way' CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

'A terrific read with fabulous historical detail and great characters. Thoroughly engrossing' SHEILA O'FLANAGAN

'A beautifully told international saga encompassing war and tragedy, life-changing decisions and love in its many facets' ROISIN MEANEY

'One of the best books of the year . . . it's Carmel's best book yet . . . I lost whole days of my life to this beautiful, sweeping story and I can confidently predict that readers everywhere will too' CLAUDIA CARROLL

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'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

'Full of heart and essential truth, this moving book will sweep you to a very satisfying ending and perhaps a few happy tears'
- Katie Fforde

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

'An emotional family drama . . . full of the warmth we've come to associate with Carmel's writing'
- Hazel Gaynor

'An exploration of familial love and grief . . . and how in the face of our greatest trials, our strongest bonds can be forged'
- Roisin Meaney

'Warm, uplifting and thought-provoking . . . The perfect book club read!'
- Debbie Johnson

'Beautifully written, warm and wise. I adored it'
- Alex Brown

'A heart-warming story which shows the power of friendship, family and heritage'
- Irish Independent

'Heartwarming humour, with tears, laughter and friendship. Immensely enjoyable'
- Irish Times

'Carmel Harrington is a natural storyteller... with heart, humour and hope'

'Beautifully written, emotionally intelligent and moving in the extreme'
- Daily Mail

'Heartwarming and heartbreaking'
- Evening Herald

'Uplifting, warm, endearing...a feel-good story, the kind that will bring tears'
- Irish Echo, Australia

'Warm, uplifting... a very special book'
- Marian Keyes

'Uplifting and powerful... I loved it!'
- Cathy Kelly

'A beautiful story brimming with warmth'
- Milly Johnson


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