Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (February 17th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town, a fortnightly bookish link up!  Pop the kettle on, put your feet up and share the book love!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.

We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are still with us and sponsoring Talk of the Town 🙂


If you missed linking up earlier this month we’re showcasing The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’Loughlin.  Shaz shared a lovely post on friendships from Ann when this novel was released in Kindle format.  Last month saw the release of the paperback AND audio.  Congratulations Ann!

The blurb

Connie Carter has lost everyone and everything dear to her. Leaving her home in New York, she moves to a run-down Irish mansion, hoping to heal her shattered heart and in search of answers: how could her husband do the terrible things he did? And why did he plough all their money into the dilapidated Ludlow Hall before he died, without ever telling her?

At first Connie tries to avoid the villagers, until she meets local women Eve and Hetty who introduce her to the Ludlow Ladies’ Society, a crafts group in need of a permanent home. Connie soon discovers Eve is also struggling with pain and the loss of having her beloved Ludlow Hall repossessed by the bank and sold off. Now, seeing the American Connie living there, the hurt of losing everything is renewed. Can these women ever be friends? Can they ever understand or forgive?

As the Ludlow Ladies create memory quilts to remember those they have loved and lost, the secrets of the past finally begin to surface. But can Connie, Eve and Hetty stitch their lives back together?

About the author

A leading journalist in Ireland for nearly thirty years, Ann O’Loughlin has covered all major news events of the last three decades. Ann spent most of her career with independent newspapers where she was Security Correspondent at the height of The Troubles, and was a senior journalist on the Irish Independent and Evening Herald. She is currently a senior journalist with the Irish Examiner newspaper covering legal issues. Ann has also lived and worked in India. Originally from the west of Ireland she now lives on the east coast with her husband and two children.

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About Talk of the Town’s sponsor – Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

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  Last time we had a fabulous response for our first week back so we’re really looking forward to seeing what you link up this week 🙂

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Giveaway! everyone who comments on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

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