Aunjel’s career at the Metropole Gentlemen’s Club in Baltimore unravels when the singer injures a U.S. congressman with a near-fatal knife wound, after he drunkenly accosts her onstage.
Her life spirals further downward from news that her mother is critically ill. Aunjel rushes home to her mother at Stonebridge House, an estate owned by the O’Donovans in Maryland.
Before her death, her mother confesses that Ellis, one of three O’Donovan brothers, now living in Ireland, is Aunjel’s biological father.
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Left with no family and unable to return to Baltimore, Aunjel accepts Ellis O’Donovan’s offer to become a governess to his granddaughter at Kilpara.
When an elusive enemy threatens the O’Donovan family, Ellis’s daughter, Grace O’Donovan, suspects the new governess. Is Grace correct in her assumption, or are other forces seeking vengeance against the O’Donovans, and even Aunjel herself?
Patricia Hopper Patteson, a native of Dublin, Ireland resides in West Virginia. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from West Virginia University (WVU). She received honors in creative writing from WVU such as the Waitman Barbe Creative Writing Award and the Virginia Butts Sturm Award. She received numerous awards from the West Virginia Writers’ annual competition. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in magazines, newspapers, reviews, and anthologies. Kilpara is the first novel in a historical family saga trilogy about the O’Donovan family. Corrib Red, is the second novel in the sequel, and Aunjel completes the trilogy.
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