Ellis O'Donovan, the son of Irish emigrants, Ann and Angus O'Donovan, is called away from his bachelor life in post-civil war Baltimore. He returns home to rural Maryland to find his mother seriously ill from consumption. She implores him to take her back to Ireland to see Kilpara one last time, the estate once owned by the O'Donovans for over three hundred years.
After much quarreling, Ellis gives in to his mother's request and arrives in Ireland to find Kilpara ruled by overlords, a fact that hasn't changed since his parents left a generation ago. Lord Purcenell, an obstinate Englishman, denies Ellis' mother her wish and thrusts Ellis into the maelstrom between the strife-ridden Irish who want to see an O'Donovan reinstated at Kilpara, the English lord whose word is law, and Ellis' growing attraction for his nemesis' daughter.
Patricia Hopper, a native of Dublin, Ireland, lives in West Virginia. Her debut novel, Kilpara, published by Bygone Era Books is the first in a three-part historical fiction family saga series. Her second novel Corrib Red published by Cactus Rain Publishing was released in March 2017. The third book in the series, Aunjel, will be published in the fall of 2018. Her latest novel Hearts Apart is available July 1 in E-book. She has published articles and short stories, both fiction and non-fiction in anthologies, reviews, and women's publications.
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"Unexpected" and "Captivating"
-Midwest Book Review
"Kilpara is a beautiful story. . ."
-Manhattan Book Review
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