Secrets in the Babby House
Flossie Lynch is heartbroken when her only love, Frank Connolly, marries another. So when John O’Malley—the well-off catch of the parish—proposes to her, she resigns herself to a marriage of convenience, hoping to learn to love him.
For John, Flossie is mostly a respectable wife and caring mother to their son—and the perfect façade for his dark secret. But bloody Frank Connolly and his blackmailing wife are making things difficult for him.
Another victim of his jealous wife’s abusive behaviour, Frank stays in his loveless marriage for the sake of his two wee girls. He turns his childhood fort into a babby house to give them a refuge from their cruel mother. But for Frank, there is no refuge.
When Flossie rekindles her friendship with Frank, she tries desperately to save him from a life of misery and promises to always look out for his daughters. As the two star-crossed lovers near a second chance, tragedy strikes, forcing Flossie to make good on her promise—while attempting to protect her husband and son.
But as long as there’s a Connolly with a score to settle, there is no escape from the past and no promises for the future.
Set in a gossipy small town in Ireland at a time when marriage is for keeps and sexuality is repressed, Secrets in the Babby House is a family saga over three decades that starts in 1956. It is a story of love, deception, and stolen diaries filled with sins and secrets.
Seller BioSold by: Gloria McBreen
8 reviews for Secrets in the Babby House
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Marie Mckeon –
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Secrets in the Babby House, I just could not wait to turn the pages in fact I couldn’t put this book down. What an amazing story teller you are Gloria. Your perserverance sure did pay off.
Joan Rathborne –
An absolute page turner
I was looking for something to read when I stumbled across reviews for this book on Facebook.
I went to secondary school in Bailieborough and currently live in the Kimmage area of Dublin.
I don’t know about other readers, but when I’m reading I try to visualise the places and characters in the novel. No need for that here as I know exactly where they are. Even down to the old Lourdsville Convent and Tech mentioned to the nuns.
This book is fictional but at the same time reflects what “small gossipy towns” were like back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and in some rural areas in Ireland still are today.
The story is both comical and tragic and will have you pulled in from the moment you open the cover.
I completed it in just under a week and I’m only sorry I’ve finished it as soon as I did.
Well done, and thank you for my trips down memory lane, to schoolhood days and my own “Babbyhouse” days
Maura Irwin –
This is a really great read.
The dialogue is brilliant and apt.
A real page turner.
A real page turner from start to finish. Totally gripping and fantastic twists. Couldn’t put it down- had to know what happened on the next page. A brilliant debut novel and I cannot wait for a follow up – we need to know what happens next !!!
Oh my God, what a brilliant read. Captures the essence of small town life to a tee. A captivating book that had the pages turning at lightning speed to find out what happened next. I had it read in less than 48 hours !!