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The Girl in the Shadows Part 1 – A Pint of the Black Stuff
Follow the hilarious escapades of the heroine, Grace, as she grows up in a rural community in 1940s and 1950s Ireland. Fall in love with her as she struggles to overcome prejudice in her own special way.
A romantic tale with a difference. Set in Victorian England, Joseph falls for the wrong woman but time and death come to his rescue. Will Eliza ever return his love or will he forever be a mere shadow, just out of reach?
Fibromyalgia – My Personal Experience
This simple self help guide details things that I have found helpful on my journey with this painful illness.
A Self Help Guide to Stress Relief and Stress Management
Using quizzes to help you understand your stress, this guide provides helpful hints by way of “release valves”, to get your life back on track using natural methods.
As a stress sufferer myself, I researched the subject and finally came up with factors that affected me. I wrote this short guide to help fellow sufferers to find the relief that I have found.
The first edit is complete!
The manuscript has gone out to beta readers and while I’m waiting I will start on the second edit.
I’ve still got the two paranormal romances to finish and more information to gather before I can write up Irish Paranormal Haunts Part 2, but hey, things are happening!
Looking forward to getting this one published!
When the Apple is Ripe, it will Fall
The Girl in the Shadows is coming to Amazon again soon. The third book in the series tells the story of Grace’s new life with her family around her. She is no longer the carefree little girl we first met. Now she has matured into a sensible woman who knows what she wants – even if she does need some help along the way.
She retains her special way of looking at the world and moves us all to tears as quickly as to laughter.
Laugh with her, cry with her, but most of all, fall in love with her.
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Our favorite character, Grace, has returned to make us laugh, cry and hold our breath as we quickly turn the pages to find out what she has been up to now.
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Sam Gomes from Ireland kindly left a review on our Facebook page
“Having Read a few of Kim’s fabulous books I thought I’d write a little review for those who haven’t read any of her books. Growing up myself in the uk I was a little sceptical about reading girl in the shadows thinking I may not get the Irish humour! I must say I was totally wrong. Anyone from any country can relate to Grace she’s a typical girl always wondering what it’s like to be grown up she’s naughty funny and very inquisitive & I could relate to her a lot. Each character in the book has been well described and the more you read it the more you learn to love each & everyone of them I think every family has a grace in it 🙂 I loved how I could relate to where she lived and I visioned her growing up where I now live even though that was never confirmed. Girl in the shadows is most certainly one of my favourite books & I read it in a few days as I couldn’t put the book down. I look forward to reading more about Grace & her family!! Kim is most certainly a very talented writer”
Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin in 1940. She wrote newspaper columns and plays but is probably best known for her wonderfully Irish historical fiction novels and short stories. Her true to life characters portrayed life in Ireland with an often humorous twist.
Among her many wonderful characters my favorite is Benny, the awkward lump of a girl from Circle of Friends. Maeve mentioned that she considered herself to be a lump of a girl and never expected to marry, however she met her future husband Gordon, in London while recording a piece for radio. They married in 1977 and were together until her death in 2012.
As a young woman Maeve worked on a kibbutz in Israel and the life she saw and experienced there help to influence her writing. Her parents always believed in her and they sent her letters from Israel to a newspaper where they were published.This was the catalyst for her writing career.
Although I have read many of her short stories, her novels will always have a place in my heart and they have influenced my own writing of The Girl in the Shadows series.
I was very upset when I heard the news of her death. I wondered what I would do without my favorite author but to my delight her publishers have announced that they are going to publish one further collection – A Few of the Girls. In the meantime I will re-read some of the novels listed below.
How many of the following novels have you read?
Light a Penny Candle (1982)
Firefly Summer (1987)
Silver Wedding (1988)
Circle of Friends (1990)
The Copper Beech (1992)
The Glass Lake (1994)
Evening Class (1996)
Tara Road (1998)
Scarlet Feather (2000)
Nights of Rain and Stars (2004)
Whitethorn Woods (2006)
Heart and Soul (2008)
Minding Frankie (2010)
A Week in Winter (2012)
For more info and details of the upcoming collection, “A Few of the Girls” make sure to bookmark the official Maeve Binchy website