By Martina Reilly
A single moment can change a life forever ...
When seventeen-year-old Lily discovers she's pregnant, she has to make a choice that will determine the rest of her life.
Now, nearly sixty years later, in the late stages of Alzheimer's, Lily has been admitted to Lakelands Nursing Home. Among her possessions, Zoe, a young helper, finds a diary with a note that it be read aloud to Lily's daughter Deirdre.
The diary holds the truth to Lily's past and, as secrets are uncovered, a tale of fate and responsibility unfolds that binds the three women together.
What If? is a compelling and beautiful story of love and loss, and how the choices we make don't have to define the rest of our lives.
Inspired by Enid Blyton, Martina Reilly started writing when she was eight years old and hasn't stopped since. At eleven years of age, she started writing a series entitled The Gang for the amusement of her friends. Four years later, she found herself working on a novel based on a character from The Gang: Book Four. This book was published years later as Livewire, which won an International White Raven Award and was sold to Germany, Italy and France. More teenage books followed, including Dirt Tracks which won a Bisto Merit Award and was shortlisted for an RAI reading award.
Martina has been writing adult fiction for the past ten years. She enjoys writing for the stage too, and many of her plays have been performed by amateur dramatic groups. Martina is also a drama teacher and actress.
She lives in Kildare with her husband and their two children.
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01 Aug 2013
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Hachette Books Ireland
Praise for Martina Reilly — :
'A heart-warming page turner ... Martina is one of the best' — Irish Examiner
'Compelling, heart-wrenching ... will keep you riveted till the end' — Colette Caddle
'A cracking read - warm, splutter-out-your tea funny, and unputdownable.' — Sarah Webb
'Has all the elements of an excellent read: mystery, drama and romance' — Woman
'Clever, frank and funny' — Bella
'Martina has the wonderful knack of combining sensitivity for a serious subject with a big dose of humour' — Irish Independent
'Reilly has a wonderful comic touch, both in the way she draws her characters and in her dialogue . . . a brilliant read' — U Magazine