Do you know everything about your parents? 47



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Sheila O’Flanagan has always loved telling stories, and after working in banking and finance for a number of years, she decided it was time to fulfil a dream and give writing her own book a go. So she sat down, stuck ‘Chapter One’ at the top of a page, and got started.

Sheila is now the author of more than 20 bestselling titles including If You Were Me, Things We Never Say, Better Together, All For You, Stand By Me, The Perfect Man, Someone Special and Bad Behaviour, as well as the bestselling short story collections Destinations, Connections, and A Season to Remember. Sheila lives in Dublin with her husband.

My Mother’s Secret, her latest novel is an engaging, warm and thought-provoking new novel about a secret that can’t be kept under wraps any longer – whatever the consequences.

A romantic holiday in sunny Rome. A happy marriage strong enough to last forty years. Three children, now adults, who’ve grown up secure in the knowledge that they know everything about their Mum and Dad, and each other. … But they don’t.

On the day of the surprise anniversary party Steffie and her brother and sister have arranged for their parents, there’s a shock in store, for all of them. Especially for Steffie.

It’s definitely going to be a day to remember..

Like a preview? Courtesy of Publishers, Hachette Australia – just click  My Mother’s Secret_Extract.

My Mother’s Secret, by Sheila O’Flanagan published by Hachette Australia, RRP $29.99







Karen O'Brien-Hall

I've had many careers in my life and loved each one! My new career blossomed when I retired and become an OAP. I am passionate about childhood literacy, books in general and my garden. I love Ballet, Opera, Concerts, Theatre, (both professional and community) and Movies. I tend to have opinions on most things and enjoy a good debate about the topic, not the person. In my thirties, I married my GOM (Gorgeous or Grumpy Old Man) the love of my life.

  1. My kids think they know everything about me – but I’ve got news for them!!!! They don’t and they’re not going to!!

    5 REPLY
    • I’m with you. There are things I would never tell my children, they don’t need to know! There are probably things about them they wouldn’t want me to know either, and that’s all right. I really don’t want to know.

    • I’m with both of you. There are things that neither my husband nor my daughter know about me, they never will know, it’s none of their business.

    • Wendy. My father in law always told me to ‘tell the truth & shame the devil’. Your secrets will be mine. I feel your hurt..please… Let it go. We/I don’t ever judge. . God loves you.

  2. Knew an awful
    Lot about my mother including crazy stuff. I wonder if there was more.

    Bridges of Madison county comes to mind.

  3. We found out that mom had a child before she met our father, I was 19 when this was disclosed and our grandparents brought Margaret up as my father was the son and grandson of Methodist ministers back in England. We always thought she was our Aunt, I haven’t seen her for 69 years as we moved to Canada then NZ. There are more secrets that we will never know about.

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