Juliann Westcott, the debutant daughter of a Liverpool shipping magnet, discovers a blind and deaf twin brother locked away in an institution. It’s at the institution that Juliann meets gardener Kyle McCarthy, an impoverished Irishman who is studying to be a priest. Despite her parents’ strong disapproval of Kyle’s social standing and religion, Juliann and Kyle fall in love and elope. In London, Kyle takes on odd jobs while Juliann studies to be a nurse, but after Kyle enlists to fight the Germans, the Blitz forces Juliann to return to Liverpool. While staying with a friend in a basement shelter, a German firebomb changes Juliann forever and she makes a choice that changes her life, and Kyle’s, forever. Then, 20 years later, at the bedside of a dying woman, Nurse Juliann runs into Priest Kyle again and must face the consequences of those long ago choices.
A classic rich girl-poor boy tale takes a slightly different turn amidst the rubble of a bombed out building. This is a tale of redemption, of forgiveness, and of reconciliation. Mostly, this is a tale of hope – that despite the worst that life and fear can unleash, there is still a chance for love to win. The predictability of the plot is easily forgiven in view of the sweetness of the ending.
I’m particularly proud to say that this author is not only a mega-selling real estate agent by day but also homeschools her four children…oh and writes novels too. She must be a superwoman! And I’m not usually one to gush over cover art, but this cover is lovely.
Ms. Di Maio’s next book, “Before the Rain Falls” is due out in May and can be pre-ordered here.
Amazon link is here.