Brigid The Girl from County Clare

Like making lace – she pieced together a new life from a single thread of hope

Brigid loves her home and family, but she is torn. If she stays, she is another mouth to feed in a land plagued by starvation and poverty. If she leaves, she will never see any of them again. Heartbroken, Brigid boards the ship that will take her to a new life in Australia comforted only by the thought her cousin Jamie will make the journey with her.

Her skill as a lacemaker soon draws attention, but life doesn’t always run smoothly in the harsh new landscape. Brigid must learn to conquer her fears and overcome the stigma of being a servant, a female and Irish if she is to fulfil her dream.

A new start in New Zealand offers hope - until the day she encounters the man who seeks her downfall.

Winner of an IndieBRAG medallion

Awarded a Chill with a Book Readers' Award

Awarded a Gold Standard award by BGS

by the author of 'The Cornish Knot' and 'The Disenchanted Soldier' and whose writing has been likened to that of Catherine Cookson.


The book flows very well… There was never a slow part of the book…keeping you quickly turning the pages for more. Highly recommended and look forward to more books by this author 

– IndieBRAG reader.

The historical aspects of the story are so accurate and described so perfectly that the reader will frequently need to remind herself/himself that the story is fiction….This is a thoroughly satisfying read. It is the kind of story that passes the test as a work of history and is equally satisfying as a novel that will have your attention from first to last. 4 stars

– Frank O’Shea, The Irish Echo, Sydney.

An extremely well-researched historical novel. The author’s accuracy and attention to detail was evident throughout the novel. …an entertaining and enjoyable historical novel

– IndieBRAG reader.


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About Vicky Adin

Vicky Adin is a New Zealand historical fiction author. She lives on the North Shore of Auckland within walking distance of the beach, the coffee shops and inspiration.

Three words sum up her passion in life: family, history and language.

After decades of genealogical research and a life-long love affair with words she has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together, based on real people, with real experiences, in a way that makes the past come alive.

Vicky is particularly fascinated by the 19th Century pioneers who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life. Especially the women, who needed strength of mind and body to survive, let alone flourish, in a new country still coming to terms with its existence. Being a genealogist in love with history, these men and women and their descendants drive her stories.

Vicky Adin holds a MA(Hons) in English and Education. When not writing you will find her reading; travelling (especially caravanning and cruising) with her husband and biggest fan; spending time with her family, walking or gardening

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