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The secrets of Roscarbury Hall : a novel, Ann O'Loughlin

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The secrets of Roscarbury Hall : a novel
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The secrets of Roscarbury Hall
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a novel
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Ann O'Loughlin
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secrets of Roscarbury Hall
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eng
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"In a crumbling mansion in a small Irish village in County Wicklow, two elderly sisters, Ella and Roberta O'Callaghan, live alone with their secrets, memories, and mutual hatred. Long estranged by a dark family tragedy, they communicate only by terse notes. But when the sisters are threatened with bankruptcy, Ella defies Roberta's wishes and takes matters into her own hands, putting her baking skills to good use and converting the mansion's old ballroom into a café. Much to Roberta's displeasure, the cafés a hit and the sisters are reluctantly drawn back into the village life they abandoned decades ago. But gossip has a long life, and Ella finds herself reliving painful memories when Debbie, an American woman searching for her birth mother, begins working at the café. As the local convent comes under scrutiny, the O'Callaghan sisters find themselves caught up in an adoption scandal that dates back to the 1960s and spreads all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Only by overcoming their enmity and facing up to the past can they face the future together--but can they finally put their differences behind them?"--
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After 50 years of resentment and grief, unraveled family secrets are rewoven into a bittersweet truth in this poignant debut novel from Irish journalist O’Laughlin. To save her family’s languishing Irish estate, Ella O’Callaghan opens the Ballroom Café against her sister Roberta O’Callaghan’s objections: “Give up now for all our sakes.” The reclusive sisters of Roscarbury Hall haven’t spoken since the late 1950s, living together without speaking, communicating only through written notes. Into this tension walks Debbie Kading, an American woman looking for her biological mother. Ella and Debbie bond over the café and life’s cruel turns. But when Debbie’s search hits a dead end at a local convent, she takes her story to national radio and inadvertently exhumes a near-forgotten Irish adoption scandal. The café and Roscarbury bloom with the publicity, but so does the bitterness between Ella and Roberta, still determined to cling to their grudges and guilt. The truth, like Roscarbury Hall, is at first “a sorry pile... long neglected.” Silence and hope are common threads to both personal and national tragedies in this story. Making use of her experience reporting the actual adoption scandal—in which tens of thousands of babies were sold off by nuns—O’Laughlin metes out revelations, both painful and redeeming, in this warm, patient debut. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/29/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 35, p)
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10540280
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O'Loughlin, Ann
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823/.92
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no index present
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fiction
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  • Sisters
  • Older women
  • Family secrets
  • Adoptees
  • Adoption
  • FICTION / Family Life
  • FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering
  • Adoptees
  • Adoption
  • Family secrets
  • Older women
  • Sisters
  • Ireland
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adult
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The secrets of Roscarbury Hall : a novel, Ann O'Loughlin
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"First published by Black & White Publishing Ltd in the United Kingdom under the title The ballroom cafe"--Title page verso
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text
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1715272
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First North American edition.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9781510713727
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2016020183
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781510713727
  • (OCoLC)950611477
Label
The secrets of Roscarbury Hall : a novel, Ann O'Loughlin
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published by Black & White Publishing Ltd in the United Kingdom under the title The ballroom cafe"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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1715272
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First North American edition.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9781510713727
Lccn
2016020183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781510713727
  • (OCoLC)950611477

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