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 Yellow House

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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.

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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.