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Sworn To Secrecy

By Mary Larkin

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  • £7.99

* The sequel to BEST LAID PLANS - set in 1970s troubled Belfast.

1971. With the troubles in Belfast at their height, a happy domestic life is something that Tess Maguire yearns for. Yet the political and social unrest are sending ripples of uncertainty through every aspect of her life. Whilst her partnership with her friend Theresa Cunningham in a dressmaking firm is successful, it's beginning to affect her romantic interests. Theresa's boyfriend Bob always seems to be near Tess. Near enough, one night, to declare his true feelings for her... Tess, in confusion, has to confront her own mixed up emotions concerning Bob. And to address her feelings for her own ever-faithful boyfriend Tony. Especially when he asks her to marry him ...
Tess's widowed mother Alice marries Dan, her long-standing partner who can now spend the rest of his years with Alice and his beloved grandson Jackie. Jackie is almost an orphan: his father Jack died in a motorcycle accident. His mother Colette may as well be dead - she decamped to Canada shortly after his birth. But then Colette suddenly shows up to reclaim her son and her arrival in Belfast opens old wounds, triggers a bitter custody battle - and unearths secrets that will change everyone's lives for ever.

Biographical Notes

Mary Larkin was born in Belfast and spent 40 happy years there before moving to Darlington in the North East of England. She is married with three sons.

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  • ISBN: 9780751537185
  • Publication date: 15 Jun 2006
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Sphere
A real chick-lit indulgence — - WOMAN'S WAY
Belfast's answer to Catherine Cookson — Sunday WORLD
Laced with love gone wrong, more than a wee bit of raw passion and tears and laughter from the Belfast of the 50s — Belfast TELEGRAPH
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