It’s 1828, and Ireland is in turmoil as Irish tenants protest against their upper-class English landlords.
Nineteen-year-old Bridget Muldowney is thrilled to return to the estate in Carlow she’ll inherit when she comes of age. But since she left for Dublin seven years earlier, the tomboy has become a refined young lady, engaged to be married to a dashing English gentleman.
Cormac McGovern, now a stable hand on the estate, has missed his childhood friend. He and Bridget had once been thick as thieves, running wild around the countryside together.
When Bridget and Cormac meet again their friendship begins to rekindle, but it’s different now that they are adults. Bridget’s overbearing mother, determined to enforce the employer-servant boundaries, conspires with Bridget’s fiancé to keep the pair apart.
With the odds stacked against them, can Bridget and Cormac’s childhood attachment blossom into something more?
Susie Murphy is an Irish historical fiction author.
In her working life, she has been a library cataloguer, a shop assistant, a market research interviewer, an office manager and a piano teacher, but all she has ever wanted is to add ‘author’ to that list.
She has maintained a writer’s blog since April 2013. In February 2014, she was shortlisted in the final ten in the RTÉ Today Show/New Island ‘Get Your Book Published’ novel competition. A month later, she was shortlisted in the final thirty in the Doolin Short Story Competition.
On July 10th 2018, Susie published her debut novel, A Class Apart, the first volume in her historical fiction series A Matter of Class, which begins in Ireland in 1828.