Return to the Irish Boarding House

Sandy Taylor

Mary Kate takes a deep breath as she stands outside 24 Merrion Square with its red front door and pretty rose garden. Grieving from her recent heartbreak, will returning to the Irish boarding house be the second chance she so desperately needs?

Dublin, 1956. When Mary Kate Ryan loses the love of her life, she’s not sure how she can keep going. Feeling completely lost, she allows her friend Moira Kent to persuade her to re-open the Boarding House for Single Ladies where she made so many memories and created a safe place for women who needed it. Now it’s Mary Kate who needs to start over…

As Mary Kate sits by the large bay window, with her little dog Guinness by her feet, she watches the residents of the house coming and going and realises there are others who need her help. Can Mary Kate and Moira uncover the mystery surrounding their new guest? And can they provide a home for two orphan sisters with nowhere to go?

Soon Mary Kate breathes new life into the boarding house and learns that family can be formed in all sorts of ways. Clever, kind Moira is like the sister she never had and Moira’s sweet, adopted ten-year-old daughter Abby means the world to both of them. And being back in Merrion Square brings Mary Kate the kind of laughter and joy that she never dreamed she’d experience again.

But when a devastating secret about Abby’s birth mother begins to unravel, it threatens to destroy the happiness of her patchwork family. Mary Kate must gather her strength to protect the future of the boarding house – and to stop darling Abby being taken from them.

Can Mary Kate keep the friends who have become her family safe? Or will her new-found happiness be torn apart?

An emotional, page-turning story of learning to live with grief, second chances, and the power of friendship. Perfect for fans of Jean Grainger, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe.

What readers are saying about The Irish Boarding House series:

‘This gut-wrenching story is phenomenal. I lovedHits all the feelsHeartbreaking… Bringing you to tears, and then bringing a smile to your face and joy to your heart… Completely unputdownable.Page Turners, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh my heart!Heart-warming and uplifting, making you just want to crawl into the pages and stay there… Wonderful… I loved everything about it… Beautiful.’ The Staffymum’s Book Nook, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I simply adored itCaptured my attention from the first page. I absolutely love… Exceptional, unforgettable… So memorable and moving… Frankly beautiful.’ Musician’s Poet, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loveda beautifully written story that hooks you in, in the first few pages… A tale of hardship, heartache and love. I didn’t want to finish this book I enjoyed it so much. A well-deserved 5 stars.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautifully written and heart-warming tale set in Dublin in 1952. I have all the authors books and she never disappoints… 5-star readEveryone needs to read one book by Sandy Taylor. You won’t regret it.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Emotive and heartbreaking… the raw emotion of this book that made it so compelling. I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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