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I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the month of March, maybe because it’s the month I celebrate my birthday!
I also have two granddaughters who were born in March, though sad to say they are not Aries!
Perhaps my fondness for the month is why I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.
My only connection to Ireland is a great, great grandmother, Susannah Moore, who left the Emerald Isle around 1840 to settle in England. She was born about 1822 and died in 1865. The only other thing I know is that her father’s name was Matthew, but I do not know what part of Ireland she came from.
It’s rather ironic that we associate luck with the Irish, given their turbulent and often tragic history. I suspect life for Susannah was not easy in 19th century Lancashire. Prejudice against the Irish ran deep.
She married James Monks, whose early employment, like so many in Lancashire at that time, began in the cotton mills. It was dangerous and dirty work.
But James seems to have broken the mould. He became an innkeeper, the proprietor of a public house in Bolton, Lancashire. His elderly mother came to live with James and Susannah and unfortunately died after falling down the stairs at the pub! The mind boggles!
Later in life James became a hay and straw dealer! After Susannah’s death he married again.
Did James and Susannah love each other? Did he fall for her Irish eyes? Or her brogue? No way of knowing! But we can cross our fingers and hope they did know love in a harsh time.
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day I have a new release, Dark Irish Knight.
Ronan MacLachlainn is an Irish nobleman bent on vengeance for the murder of his wife and unborn child, and the loss of his estates. Nothing can stand in his way. Not even love.
For those readers familiar with my cast of characters, this is the love story of Rhoni de Montbryce, the babe born in the mountain fortress in Conquering Passion.
Dark Irish Knight i
s available from Amazon
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