This is a special edition of Orna Ross’s first two novels. To commemorate 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, get these two books in one volume, for the price of one.
In 1923, Dan O’Donovan, a young supporter of the new Irish Free State, was lured to his death in the notorious sinking sands that surround the small Irish seaside village of Mucknamore. Decades on, Jo Devereux has now returned home to Ireland for her mother’s funeral. Her life in California has come to a full stop and she knows that if she wants to move forward, she’s going to have to go back. She needs to sweep away the silence that has smothered all talk of the post-1916 “War of The Brothers”. She needs to find out who killed Dan O’Donovan and why? Could it really have been her beloved Granny Peg? Determined to uncover the buried secrets that haunted her childhood, Jo settles down in a makeshift shed overlooking the ocean with a suitcase of old family letters. But nothing could have prepared her for the truths about her mother and grandmother that now ricochet across four generations and ignite again the passionate conflicts of her past. Her quest is bringing her back into contact with Rory O’Donovan, Dan’s great-nephew, and the only man she ever really loved. As Jo negotiates a shifting landscape of love, loss and revenge, she begins to question everything she thought she knew. But will her quest to redeem the past be a key to her future?