The Judges Wife Ann O’Loughlin

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Can a love last forever?

When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father’s affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge – as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly.

1954, Grace is taken to Our Lady’s Asylum by her husband, he is telling her that, ‘a little time away will do you good’.

Days after giving birth she is naked, humiliated and being escorted to Ward E. A Judges wife she may well be, but in that place she is nothing more than an inmate.

Fast forward to 1984 and Emma is going through her dead fathers things. She comes across her mother’s diaries, also dead, and this is the beginning of what is a fabulous, emotive and stunning read.

Ann O’Loughlin manages to convey a tale that will bring a tear to your eye and warm your heart. Transporting the reader to India, we meet Vikram and Rosa. It is a tale of love and secrets, that when uncovered changes the lives of those involved.

Ann O’Loughlin’s first novel The Ballroom Cafe is one I loved and recommended, The Judges Wife is just perfect. The outcome of this amazing read will both shock and astonish.

It is a hard tale, with a realistic life portrayal of what it must have been like at that time and in that place. When scandal is easily hidden with the swipe of  a pen and a person is locked away forgotten, forever.  Thank God times have changed.

This book is going to be huge.

5*/5

 

 

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