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The American Girl

By Rachael English

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The warmth of Maeve Binchy with the elegance of Maggie O'Farrell - an unforgettable story.

From a storyteller who combines the warmth of Maeve Binchy with the elegance of Maggie O'Farrell comes an unforgettable new novel . . .

Boston 1968. Rose Moroney is seventeen, smart, spirited - and pregnant. She wants to marry her boyfriend. Her ambitious parents have other plans. She is sent to Ireland, their birthplace, to deliver her daughter in a Mother and Baby home - and part with her against her will.

Dublin 2013. Martha Sheeran's life has come undone. Her marriage is over, and her husband has moved on with unsettling speed. Under pressure from her teenage daughter, she starts looking for the woman who gave her up for adoption more than forty years before.

As her search leads her to the heart of long-buried family secrets, old flame Paudie Carmody - now a well-known broadcaster - re-enters the frame.

From Boston to rural Ireland; from Dublin back to Boston, The American Girl is a heart-warming and enthralling story of mothers and daughters, love and cruelty and, ultimately, the embrace of new horizons.

Biographical Notes

Rachael English is a novelist and presenter on Ireland's most popular radio show, Morning Ireland. During more than twenty years as a journalist, she has worked on most of RTE Radio's leading current affairs programmes, covering a huge range of national and international stories. The American Girl is her third novel.

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  • ISBN: 9781473653733
  • Publication date: 13 Apr 2017
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Richly imagined and searingly empathetic, The American Girl makes for compelling reading — Sunday Business Post
[English] weaves a tale with the natural ease of a born story-teller ... I couldn't help but be reminded of Maeve Binchy for her warm style and distinctly Irish voice ... heart-breaking and uplifting all at once and I highly recommend it — RTE Culture
An evocative read ... powerful ... If you read authors such as Diane Chamberlain, Sheila O'Flanagan or Maeve Binchy then you should also check this out — Between My Lines
Compelling ... Martha and Rose are both deeply sympathetic characters, and English tells their story with compassion, insight and wit — Irish Times
Enchanting, emotional, heart-breaking, ultimately uplifting and just perfect ... Rachael English is a wonderful story-teller — Being Anne
Subtle and delicate, it is a passionate and intense family drama ... Filled with sorrow, joy and tenderness and highly recommended by me — Random Things Through My Letterbox
A remarkable read with a very captivating story at its core — Swirl and Thread
A compelling read with engaging characters — Claire Hennessy
A tender novel which compassionately looks at the terrible era of moral dictatorship, hidden truths and the ongoing effects of Ireland's Mother and Baby homes — Sunday Independent
This is a beautiful story about complicated family relations full of bad choices, cruelty, secrets, shame and sorrow ... with intriguing characters — Chick Lit Club
Rachael English has held up a mirror to the souls of women that I found held me in thrall. I was completely captivated. I genuinely loved The American Girl. Part love story, part tragedy, part social history, it is a book that will remain in my heart for a very long time. — Linda's Book Bag
The American Girl is a heartbreaking story, that will leave you with a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye. I really can't recommend this book enough. — Kelly's Book Corner
The American Girl will leave an indelible mark on your heart and mind as you read the first page and become enveloped by Rose and Martha's lives. Rachael English is a superb author who weaves a tale like no other, and I'm already looking forward to her next book. — Books of All Kinds
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