What started out as a hypnotherapy session with the ‘dreadlocks guy’ from the local five-a-side football team, quickly turned into so much more…
It’s not your typical ‘meet cute’, but this is how my debut novel, The Heirloom, starts out. Set in my hometown of Galway, it follows the story of Amanda, a young woman whose cynical outlook on life has her stuck in a job she is neither qualified for nor interested in and in a relationship which is entirely conducted in hotel rooms. With a married man. With two kids.
Xavier, an unemployed philologist (yes, philologist), finds himself literally drifting on the ocean as an impromptu member of a global yacht race. Destiny brings him ashore on the West Coast of Ireland and straight into the path of Amanda, whose dreams of drowning are becoming unnervingly real.
What ensues is a story of contemporary love, historical mysteries and the struggle to find one’s true path in life.
The Heirloom opens with lines from a poem by Lucian Blaga:-
They say that ancestors, dead before their time,
with young blood still in their veins,
with great passion in their blood,
with the sun still burning in their blood
come to continue to live
their unfinished lives.
These lines hold the seed of the entire novel… is it possible that we carry within us, a soul from another time? I’ve often wondered why I have such an affinity with things or places, even languages I’ve never spoken. Where does that desire come from? Or that feeling of arriving home when you visit a place you’ve never been? Are we holding onto fears and maybe even love, from another life? And what if those memories could be accessed through a talisman, or an heirloom…
I loved telling this story. Juxtaposing the historical aspects alongside a contemporary narrative was a challenge I relished and I loved exploring the idea of finding tangible connections with the past. If you like authors like Kate Mosse, Rachel Hore, Diana Gabaldon or Kate Morton, with a healthy portion of Irish wit thrown in, this book is for you!
I feel so fortunate that this book is having something of a second wind in the Amazon charts and just goes to show, people can discover your book at any time. The Heirloom might just achieve immortality yet!
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