From the No. 1 bestselling Irish author Rachael English, a warm, page-turning and heartrending novel, inspired by real events and perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly and Kathryn Hughes.
‘A true storyteller who keeps you turning the pages’ Cathy Kelly
The box held their bracelets. Her heart held their stories…
For almost fifty years, Katie Carroll has kept a box tucked away inside her wardrobe. It dates from her time working as a nurse in a west of Ireland mother and baby home in the 1960s. The box contains a notebook holding the details of the babies and young women she met there. It also holds many of the babies’ identity bracelets. Following the death of her husband, Katie makes a decision. The information she possesses could help reunite adopted people with their birth mothers, and she decides to post a message on an internet forum. Soon the replies are rolling in, and Katie finds herself returning many of the bracelets to their original owners. She encounters success and failure, heartbreak and joy. But is she prepared for old secrets to be uncovered in her own life?
Praise for Rachael English:
‘A cracking page-turner in the best tradition of Maeve Binchy’ Patricia Scanlan
‘Beautiful, compelling, and sincere in the way of the very best stories and the best books’ Irish Independent
‘An evocative read … powerful … If you read authors such as Diane Chamberlain, Sheila O’Flanagan or Maeve Binchy then you should also check this out’ Between My Lines
‘Enchanting, emotional, heartbreaking, ultimately uplifting and just perfect… Rachael English is a wonderful storyteller’ Being Anne