The Convent Girl

Book 10 in the Devonshire series

All she ever wanted was a family of her own.

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A powerful, sweeping epic set in Plymouth in the 1930s and during the devastation of the Second World War

During the 1920s, little Maisie O’Sullivan is left to be raised as a charity orphan in a Catholic convent in Ireland. Though she enjoys a happy childhood there, all she ever wants is a family of her own. But when she is twelve, her world is turned upside down by the shocking revelation that her background is not what she always believed. Uprooted from the only life she has ever known, she is transplanted against her will to Plymouth in England, where she learns that being part of a family isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, and that friendship can be far more rewarding.

Eventually she finds happiness and even burgeoning love. But will her convent upbringing hold her back, and with the outbreak of war, what will the future hold for her and for those she holds dear? An horrific tragedy during one of the worst nights of the Plymouth Blitz leads her to commit a desperate act in the name of love and duty, but what will the consequences be?

A young Irish woman’s struggle to reconcile her religious upbringing with the outside world and the horrors of the Second World War.


Best book I have read this year - Amazon reader

Heart-wrenchingly beautiful - Amazon reader

Beautifully crafted, terrifically enjoyable - The Review Lady

Master story teller, superbly evocative, meticulously researched - Bookish Jottings