The premise of Lynne Pemberton’s fifth novel is: Did Monroe and Kennedy have a child?
Kate O’Sulliavan has only known the harsh regime of an Irish orphanage. Beautiful, wilful and uncowed by the cruelty of the nuns, she falls passionately in love with a handsome young priest. Father Declan Steele struggles to resist Kate’s overpowering sexuality and the tension between fairth and flesh reaches breaking point.
She runs away to Dublin and comes under the protective wing of a cultured older man, Brenden Fitzgerald, who helps her build a dazzling international career as an artist. She trades her consuming passion for Declan for the security of marriage to fatherly Brneden but temptation is too much for the orphan and the priest.
In the turmoil, tragedy and scandal that follow, Kate’s notoriety raises ghosts from her past. Suddenly she is swept along in a search for her true identity – a search that takes her back in time, to an illicit love ad the long-buried secret of a movie goddess and a White House legend.
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‘A rising star in the blockbuster firmament’
‘One for the holiday suitcase’
A young woman struggling against forbidden passions and to make a life for herself is brought face to face with the dark secrets of her birth.
Kate O'Sullivan was brought up in an orphanage in Ireland where the nuns ran a harsh regime. She is fifteen when she meets Declan Steele, a young priest with whom she falls passionately in love. She goes to live with him as his housekeeper, but the sexual tension between them becomes impossible to bear and she has to escape before the barriers between them come down.
She runs away to Dublin, and is taken under the wing of a cultured older man, Brendan Hyde, who helps her build a dazzling career as an artist. Brendan is gay but desperately wants a child and Kate, traumatised by the broken relationships in her life, gladly agrees to enter the safety of marriage to him. But on the very day of their wedding, Father Declan comes back into her life, and this time the temptation is too hard for either of them to resist.
In the turmoil and tragedy that follow, Kate's quest for love and security becomes a search for her true identity. The truth, when it emerges, is earthshattering!
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"Perfect holiday reading"
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000651328X