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Norah

Norah, our main protagonist is searching for answers. What is the mystery shrouding her family heritage? Can love truly have found her at long last, when she least expected it? Is there a way to repair the somewhat tumultuous relationship with her mother? Norah is determined to search and find answers to all these questions in these 347 pages.

Dónal

This man explores life and career light-heartedly and is the anchor to his newfound love, Norah. The two balance each other in unconventional ways, which suits them both and keeps both these independent-minded characters thriving as a couple. Among other aspects of life, Dónal has a strong desire to keep honey bees.

Úla - mother of Norah

She is Norah’s (our main protagonist) mother. Úla is a cerebral woman. Smart as a whip, who enjoys the intellectual aspects of life rather than the emotional ones. From a young child, she has been an instinctive observationalist focusing on absolutes rather than other world possibilities. The relationship between mother and daughter can be strained due to divergent thinking.

Bríghid - grandmother of Norah

Bríghid is Norah’s grandmother (Úla’s mother). Despite her intense beginnings, Bríghid is a positive spirit, and her love for her granddaughter knows no bounds. She is independent, determined and intensely connected to the land on which she was raised. The secret she holds will change the course of her granddaughter’s life if she, Norah, can find and claim it.

Grace & Liam Furlong

Genevieve’s mother, Grace, is a clear-headed and insightful woman. Unlike her husband, Liam and daughter, she does not jump head-first into things. She is pragmatic, even-tempered and reflective. These traits are a lovely and important balance in this endearing family.

Genevieve’s father, Liam, is a tender soul. This attribute serves him well as a carer/trainer of horses, who relax under his gentle vocal timbre and genial demeanour. He will, however when pushed, fight for the honour of his adored wife, Grace and daughter, Genevieve. This, unfortunately comes to pass, leading to dire consequences.

Genevieve as a young one (Norah's great-grandmother)

We get to follow this character from birth to old age. She, like her father Liam, is full of wonder and humour. Father and daughter are prone to allow their emotions to lead them through life. While this can be a beautiful trait, these leanings can cause them to be easily manipulated and deceived, as is the case with Genevieve. When life takes a heart-wrenching turn for the worse, she must find a way to stand strong and quickly mature far beyond her young years.

Jonathan Jun

This golden-haired, blue-eyed antagonist could have grown to be a solid community member, but instead, grew to be a confidence trickster and manipulator - preying on the gullible and naïve Genevieve, pushing her family into a dire and irreversible set of circumstances.

Yao Jun

Small but mighty, this character, along with her golden-haired son Jonathan, set out to claim the family heirloom through whatever means possible. It should be noted that Yao is an accurate fortune-teller, tea-leaf and palm reader.

Mr. Frank Nicholas

Frank Nicholas is a wealthy yet progressive and unostentatious horse rancher whose invitation to America changes the trajectory of our heroine’s foremothers. What might have happened if Genevieve never left Ireland? It’s a sliding doors moment that I like to ponder. Perhaps there’s another story there somewhere!

Fiona

The mother of Odhrán and one of the keepers of the family heirloom. Independent and fearless, her quick thinking saves her son and grandson (Donncha) from a horrid fate and entrusts the heirloom to a new family tree.

Odhrán

The loving son of Fiona, and doting father to Donncha, this widower will go to the far reaches to keep the ones he loves, safe. While he does fall in love in this novel, the relationship falls apart due to the family heirloom, causing him to completely uproot his life.

Siobhán

Siobhán finds herself in an unfathomable position. While her love for a fisherman is unshakable, circumstances force her to make life-changing decisions in seconds flat. She also accepts responsibility for an age-old item.

Orlaith

This is Norah’s great-great-great grandmother. She is the mother of Grace, as in Grace and Liam. She, Orlaith, comes to meet her future husband during a wicked storm. Their meeting enables her new husband's family line to resolve a missing thread.

Donncha

Meeting the love of his life, Oralith, changes the trajectory of his wandering lifestyle. There is quite a twist at this point in the book when a startling and unexpected truth is revealed for all involved.

Éiru

This is the Irish language word for Ireland. Ériu was a mythological goddess of sovereignty and daughter to the head of a united Irish people known as Tuatha Dé Danann. I felt her to be the perfect woman to have been entrusted with a powerful heirloom (created by me) to hand down quietly and secretly through the women.

The Mobhrí

Don't want to give spoiler alerts, but suffice it to say this is the thread that ties all characters and time frames together.

Young Tadhg

I mean, really. Who could resist this face?

Tadhg

Donncha's loyal companion. According to legend, one of the High Kings of Ireland, Cormac mac Airt - aka Cormac Ulfada (long beard), who reigned between the 2nd and 3rd centuries, had a 300-strong army of hounds as they were excellent hunters, companions and guardians. Tadhg indeed owns all these traits.

Polly

Proprietor of Polly's Fashions in Ellenville, New York. This prim and proper lady is also the town gossip. She finds this mantel notably satisfying as it elevates her status among the town's women. While she is a passing character, her few appearances influence scenes in the storyline.