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Sisters Ella and Roberta O’Callaghan haven’t spoken for decades, torn apart by a dark family secret from their past. They both still live in the family’s crumbling Irish mansion, communicating only through the terse and bitter notes they leave for each other in the hallway. But when their way of life is suddenly threatened by bankruptcy, Ella tries to save their home by opening a café in the ballroom – much to Roberta’s disgust.

As the café begin to thrive, the sisters are drawn into a new battle when Debbie, an American woman searching for her birth mother, starts working at the Ballroom Café. Debbie has little time left but as she sets out to discover who she really is and what happened to her mother, she is met by silence and lies at the local convent. Determined to discover the truth, she begins to uncover an adoption scandal that will rock both the community and the warring sisters.
‘secret can’t last forever ‘ a very clever tag line

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This book is so well written you will be transported into story i was hooked i read in two days
It a very through provoking story .All about love ,mystery ,loss,family hurt,pain and it concentrates on the forced illegal adoption of young children babies in Irish orphanages to the USA and what a powerful story it is
This book is set at Rosecubury Hall i fell in love with this place it had seen better days it was very run down it had very overgrown flower beds , fluky paint , mice , dust cobwebs and it had a wonderful fountain that was so in need of repair but the two sisters Ella and Roberta who lived there were on the brink of losing it all .Their parents has died and now they were left in debts
Ella decided to set up a cafe she love to bake she had help from her cousin Iris .It started with just a few tables but then they open ballroom too
On the first day it open Debbie was waiting for them to open
Elisa and Debbie seemed to get on so well she talks her in to helping out while she here she from the USA we hear Debbie story as flashbacks it a very heart wrenching to read my heart when out to her ( this was real it did happen ) it has been very well researched you could tell Ann had done a lot to tell the story like she has

I bet your wondering why Elia and Roberta never talked they just passed notes to each other well you got to read to see what happened and why the do not talk ? omg it was heartbreaking to read why i felt for them both for different reasons
All the characters were so interesting and seemed so real to me i enjoy the humour that each character brought to the story
Ella and Roberta behaviour made me smile it was so like what kids would done when not talking to you for telling them off
I would love to visit this cafe and village it sounded so nice i could see it all in my head the way Ann described some of the jewellery was so clear you real could picture each special piece in your mind
I enjoy how the story flirts back between the past and now it gave the story and characters real dept it was so sad that young unmarried mothers in Ireland where forced to give up their babies as the catholic church nuns seem them unfit what horrible story they told them poor young girls it so heartbreaking to read but I found it so interesting too
I loved all the twists and turns it was just such a brilliant read I enjoyed how the mystery slowly unfolds and the twist at the end was good i nearly guess right did you?

Ann style of writing so easy to read it just flows along easily i like the way she brings a bit of humour into the way she writes in comes across in a nice gentle way it was a lovely book to read i was so enthralled by it i hope there another book i want to know more but it finished in just the right places i like how the characters grow or i should say got stronger as the story when on
This a very thought provoking book i just hope my review does it justice i can not praise this book enough i loved it so much
One of my top reads this year up now

A scandal that has been shimmering under the surface for many years in Ireland novel portrays the never ending pain of those taken from the arms of their mothers and unbearable heartbreak of the young unmarried mothers who never saw their child again
Up to 2.000 children were secretly adopted &sent to theUSA from mother & baby homes run by religious orders in Ireland. The mail order adoption to the USA continued well into the 1960s &1970 while it was illegal to pay for adoption the adoptive parents gave donations towards expenses – several hundred pounds which equates to thousands in todays terms

here the buying link for Amazon
The Ballroom Café by Ann O’Loughlin http://www.amazon.co.uk/…/B00TU0I41I/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_Px…

About the Author

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A leading journalist in Ireland for nearly thirty years Ann O’Loughlin has covered all major news events of the last three decades. Ann spent most of her career with independent newspapers where she was Security Correspondent at the height of The Troubles, and was a senior journalist on the Irish Independent and Evening Herald. She is currently a senior journalist with the Irish Examiner newspaper covering legal issues. Ann has also lived and worked in India. Originally from the west of Ireland she now lives on the east coast with her husband and two children


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