The Girls of Ennismore (US)

The Girls of Ennismore” depicts the intertwining lives of a family of Anglo-Irish gentry and their servants at a time in Irish History where the aristocracy are under threat both from growing economic hardship and incipient nationalist rebellion. It juxtaposes the gentry’s sense of entitlement against the servants’ not so guarded resentment of their employers whose ownership of Irish lands was achieved by conquest. The contrast of the natural wit, passion and mercurial charm of the native Irish with the formal, restrained behaviors of the gentry, makes for a natural conflict that offers both drama and humor.

Set at a Manor House called “Ennismore” in the West of Ireland between 1900 and 1918, the story focuses on the unlikely friendship of two girls from different backgrounds, and how their relationship eventually triumphs over the barriers of class distinction and prejudice.

Patricia Falvey

Patricia Falvey is an Irish-born author living in Dallas, Texas. Her first novel was the acclaimed The Yellow House, first published in 2010. It was followed by The Linen Queen in 2011. Both novels are set in Northern Ireland. Her upcoming novel, The Girls of Ennismore, is set in the west of Ireland between 1900 and 1917. It is scheduled for publication in the U.S. in March, 2017, and is currently available for pre-order. The U.K. version of the e-book will be available at the end of September, 2016.

Patricia became a published author after a long career in the financial services industry. She views this phase of her life as her “Second Act” and strongly encourages anyone with a dream to pursue it no matter what their age. It’s never too late!

When she is not traveling around the scenic backroads of her beloved Ireland doing research and spending time with friends and family, she enjoys hanging out with good friends in Texas and enjoying the “craic” (as the Irish say). She loves lively discussions, laughter and a good joke. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring fledgling writers, PBS Sunday night television programs, and live theater.

The Girls of Ennismore (UK)

The Girls of Ennismore” depicts the intertwining lives of a family of Anglo-Irish gentry and their servants at a time in Irish History where the aristocracy are under threat both from growing economic hardship and incipient nationalist rebellion. It juxtaposes the gentry’s sense of entitlement against the servants’ not so guarded resentment of their employers whose ownership of Irish lands was achieved by conquest. The contrast of the natural wit, passion and mercurial charm of the native Irish with the formal, restrained behaviors of the gentry, makes for a natural conflict that offers both drama and humor.


Set at a Manor House called “Ennismore” in the West of Ireland between 1900 and 1918, the story focuses on the unlikely friendship of two girls from different backgrounds, and how their relationship eventually triumphs over the barriers of class distinction and prejudice.

Rosie and Victoria

It is 1900. Two young girls meet by chance by a lake. The younger has lost her new toy boat in the water. The elder finds her silly but retrieves it from the water for her. One is rich, one is poor. But they are children and these distinctions don’t mean a lot. They are Rosie, the elder at 8, and Victoria, the younger at 7. Rosie only can’t believe anyone she meets can’t swim and is afraid of the water. A silly event becomes the foundation for a meaningful friendship.

Victoria, the younger of the two, is fair, wealthy, titled, privileged and shy. She is innocent and protected from the world.  Rosie the elder is forward, fearless, poor. She is spirited, high-tempered and proud. And, though she doesn’t yet know it at this encounter,she is a servant girl for Victoria’s family. It is an attraction of opposites that begins as soon as they meet.

The Linen Queen

I thought of all the other women like me here and abroad who waited for news of loved ones. We were the women who were not mothers and wives to whom official information would be delivered by telegram or by unifomred offers. We were the women hidden in the corners and crevices, behind doors and curtains, the women who must wait for scraps of information, for hearsay and rumor. And yet for us, the waiting was just as painful.

lin-queen

“Queensbrook, County Armagh, Ireland 1941. Abandoned by her father and neglected by her self-centered, unstable mother, Sheila McGee cannot wait to escape the drudgery of her mill village life in Northern Ireland. Her classic Irish beauty helps her win the 1941 Linen Queen competition, and the prize money that goes with it finally gives her the opportunity she’s been dreaming of. But Sheila does not count on the impact of the Belfast blitz which brings World War II to her doorstep. Now even her good looks are useless in the face of travel restrictions, and her earlier resolve is eroded by her ma’s fear of being left alone.

The Yellow House

I remember the summers best, when the days rested in the long arms of evening and the sounds around Slieve Guillon were as muted as benediction. Only the faint barking of distant dogs cut the stillness as farmers drove their cattle home. Smoke curled from cottage chimneys and children gulped down tea so they could return to play while time hovered between day and night like a gift from heaven.

Glenlea, County Armagh, Ireland 1905. When her family is torn aprt by religious intolerance, personal tragedy, and explosive secrets, young Eileen O’Neill is determined to reclaim the Yellow House where her family had been happy and bring her broken family back home
As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the personal impact of the conflict. Her choice is complicated by the influence of two men. James Conlon, a charismatic and passionate politcal activit is determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, appeals to her warrior’s soul.