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Book Review: The Girl From Ballymor by Kath McGurl

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Book Review: The Girl From Ballymor by Kath McGurl

This book is the latest to be written by Kath McGurl and it’s full of emotion, atmosphere and very well created characters. If you’re looking for a tear-jerker then look no further!

This is a time-slip novel, split between two eras and the stories weave together very well.

Kitty McCarthy is struggling. It’s the potato famine in Ireland and she has already seen several of her children perish from starvation. She is desperately trying to keep her remaining two alive but the days get harder and harder. Michael, her eldest son, tries to help as much as he can by working but there is a lot of tension between the land owners and it’s clear that there is past history between Kitty and Michael’s employer…

Maria has arrived in Ireland and is ready to begin researching about her ancestor Michael who was a well known artist. She wants to find out more about him and what happened to his mother Kitty who it is deemed disappeared with no trace. As Maria begins the research for her book, she has to acknowledge the issues in her own life and stop running away from them but will she ever find out what happened to Kitty?

There’s plenty of mystery within this book which makes you want to keep reading and finding out what happens with everyone. It was hard to put down at times, I just wanted to know what was going to happen!

The way that the two stories come together is written very cleverly and in a gentle way- enabling you to get to know the backgrounds of the characters really well.

It is a beautifully written book, full of history, emotion and atmosphere. It was shocking at times thinking how horrific the famine was and did lead me to think about it a lot even after finishing the book.

I think this is a beautiful novel that many people will enjoy reading especially if you’re interested in history, relationships and enjoy an emotional novel.

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A background in psychology and counselling Laura has her own business. She edits and proofreads novels and loves all things book-related. A keen interest in oncology, mental health and self development Laura likes to write in health and wellbeing as well as parenting and family.

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