In 1920s rural Ireland, Pearl Somers lives happily with her parents, her sisters Opal and Ruby, and her little brother Willie in the gate lodge of Kilnashone Castle, where her father is chauffeur to Lord and Lady Areton. But one dreadful night, a series of dramatic events unfold and the lives of all - elite and ordinary - are changed forever. Over 40 years later, Pearl has become a successful writer. Yet there is one story she has never told, until her young cousin Catherine confesses a secret of her own that opens a door to Pearl's past - one she thought had been firmly sealed forever. When Catherine discovers Pearl's story of heartbreak and yearning, she determines to do her best to reconcile past and present. But is it too late for Pearl to find her own happy ending?
Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin. She had an eclectic set of careers, including acting at the Abbey Theatre, before she became a journalist and writer, winning awards for her work on the Sunday Tribune. She has published eleven critically acclaimed novels, most recently Children of Eve, Last Summer in Arcadia and Tell Me Your Secret, all of which have been bestsellers in Ireland. She adapted Falling for a Dancer into a popular four-part television mini-series, while Love Like Hate Adore was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize. Deirdre Purcell lives in County Meath with her husband. She has two adult sons.
A sweeping love story... Fans of Purcell are bound to welcome Pearl into their lives like an old friend, and will enjoy catching up — Irish Independent
"Deirdre Purcell's novel is not just a gripping love story but an angry take on social divisions. (...) A warm, poignant and (...) tragic tale that is in essence a jewel of a story." (Pearl) — Sunday Independent
"Purcell's skill is evident, as her plot flits effortlessly between the different eras and characters." (Pearl) — The Sunday Business Post
'Achingly poignant, with warm, strong characters, it will no doubt become an instant bestseller and delight all Purcell fans. Once again, she has produced a great read, popular fiction with writing that matches a literary novel and included some telling social observation. Vintage Deirdre Purcell.' Tell Me Your Secret — Irish Independent Review
Purcell's fans will not be disappointed — Sunday Independent
Deirdre Purcell now the author of more than 10 books, is one of our most gifted writers, at once encompassing both romantic popularity and literary style in her fiction. Her books need no introduction at this stage. — Irish Independent Review
Here is an Irish storyteller in full stride, gracing her genre with exemplary skill — The Irish Tiimes
'[Tell Me Your Secret] shows a writer fully in charge of her craft . . . an impeccably drawn tale . . . Purcell's style is highly developed and this is a tightly written story that pulls you in very easily. ' — Sunday Tribune
'Tight, well-plotted...aided by some excellently-drawn characters' — Philippa Gregory