Saving Grace


When Grace O Brien wakes up with more than just a hangover, she has reason to worry. She is in bed with Bernard O Malley, newest addition to IT. He s not going to be easy to explain to Shane, gorgeous boyfriend of nearly two years. Shane may be distracted with his high-flying city job but he was there when it mattered. Like that night in Spain, when tragedy struck and her brother Patrick died.


So Grace is determined to put all guilty thoughts of Bernard O’Malley out of her head. With her sister s upcoming nuptials, strange goings-on at work, and a loved-up flatmate, she has enough to keep her busy.

Then things get a little more complicated when she meets her flatmate s new man…



About writing this book:

“A bit like the first time we do anything, the writing of this novel remains the most memorable. I had no deadline, no publishing deal, no agent. In fact, very few people knew I was trying to write a book. I loved that. I called it my ‘secret life’ and that idea made me smile at odd times of the day, like when I

was standing on the DART, lodged between someone’s armpit and someone’s garlic breath and trying to ease my foot from underneath someone’s high heel. The character of Grace O’Brien was inspired by an e-mail I received one Monday morning, following an innocent enquiry from me about how the weekend went. The reply began with ‘it all started with a bottle of Bailey’s that was a year out of date but I drank it anyway’ and Grace O’Brien arrived, fully formed in my head. I spent about a year, pushing her about on the page, seeing what might happen but it wasn’t until I went to Writers’ Week in Listowel for the first time that I got the idea for the story. I like to call it my ‘epiphany’!!”