You only get one second chance . . .
To outsiders it looks as if Mary was born unlucky. They call her 'Mary of the Sorrows'. Having lost so much - her first love and her only child - she has settled into a humdrum life where loss can never destroy her again.
Her friends - Penny, Ivan and Adam - seem more together but they are just as damaged. Penny's loneliness, Ivan's cowardice and Adam's duplicity are all symptoms of lives going off the tracks.
When a mysterious American moves in beside Mary, her friends are intrigued but she determines to avoid him. Little can they guess that his wounds run at least as deep as any of theirs, and that his arrival in their village is going to challenge each of them to face the truth about their lives. And it's going to force Mary to decide if it's time to take a risk on living again . . . .
'I loved every page . . . It so impressed me that I will be reading it again.'
IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY
'A delightful rollercoaster of emotion'
This novel was previously published as Apart from the Crowd