A SEARCH FOR AN­SWERS IN A WICK­LOW PILE

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - ADELE O’ NEI L L’S

FROM the best­selling au­thor of The Ball­room Café and The Judge’s Wife, Ann O’Loughlin cap­tures our imag­i­na­tion once again with her beau­ti­fully crafted, de­scrip­tive tale of Con­nie Carter and the tragedy that brings her from her beau­ti­ful and much loved home in New York to the run-down Lud­low Hall that her hus­band bought with­out her know­ing in County Wick­low.

What con­nec­tion had her hus­band to Lud­low Hall and why didn’t he tell her about it be­fore his death?

Search­ing for an­swers and hop­ing to find some re­demp­tion, Con­nie Carter finds her­self in the derelict man­sion in County Wick­low in the depth of her grief. At first with a re­luc­tance to en­gage with the lo­cals, Con­nie avoids their chat­ter and side­steps their in­ter­est but soon Con­nie’s cu­rios­ity gets the bet­ter of her and when she opens up Lud­low Hall to the Lud­low Ladies’ So­ci­ety and the quilt they are mak­ing for Michelle Obama’s visit, she soon dis­cov­ers that she is not the only one strug­gling with pain.

When stitch­ing a quilt to­gether the se­crets and buried pasts of Eve and Hetty from the ladies’ so­ci­ety be­gin to un­ravel and Con­nie, Eve and Hetty form an un­break­able bond and strong friend­ship that will have you reach­ing out to all your own cir­cle of friends. The Lud­low Ladies’ So­ci­ety is a story of friend­ship, re­silience and com­pas­sion, and how women sup­port each other through the most dif­fi­cult times.

This story is heart break­ing and heart-warm­ing all at once with hints of hu­mour de­liv­ered in true Ir­ish style by Kathryn’s char­ac­ter. All the char­ac­ters have the kind of depth and sub­stance that will make you feel as though you have known them all your life and will have you root­ing for re­demp­tion for each and ev­ery one of them.

In the same way that the ladies stitched to­gether ev­ery mean­ing­ful piece of fab­ric for the quilt, Ann O’Loughlin weaves to­gether all the story threads to­gether in an emo­tional roller­coaster. If you en­joy Maeve Binchy, Carmel Har­ring­ton and Mar­ian Keyes you will love The Lud­low Ladies’ So­ci­ety.

A lead­ing jour­nal­ist in Ire­land for nearly 30 years, au­thor Ann O’Loughlin has cov­ered all ma­jor news events of the last three decades. Ann spent most of her ca­reer with in­de­pen­dent news­pa­pers, where she was a se­cu­rity cor­re­spon­dent at the height of the Trou­bles, and was a se­nior jour­nal­ist on the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent and Evening Her­ald.

She is cur­rently a se­nior jour­nal­ist with the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner news­pa­per, cov­er­ing le­gal is­sues. Orig­i­nally from the west of Ire­land, she now lives in County Wick­low in Kil­coole and is work­ing on her fourth novel.

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