The Lost Garden of Garraiblagh

My new historical novel ‘The Lost garden of Garraiblagh’ is now available on Amazon worldwide in paperback and kindle formats and for libraries, distributors and booksellers through Lightning Source where it is also available in both paperback and ebook.


The story of a garden interwoven with the stories of the people who are connected to it – fully illustrated with original drawings.

A love story reaching from Victorian times through to the present day in Northern Ireland.

A novel about the importance of place and sanctuary and how a garden can hold the lives and loves of those connected with it.

“This book captivated and delighted and stunned me.”

Rosie O’Hara, author of No More Bingo Dresses.


It is 1869. Belfast. Amelia the strong willed, independent young wife of an up and coming linen manufacturer has a passion. She wants to create a garden but she  must learn to work with James Black, the Scottish gardener and plant hunter employed to oversee the process. As the years pass the garden and those living and working in it become woven into its magic but at the same time are forced to deal with events outside the sanctuary of the tranquil garden, dangers within the troubled island of Ireland and further afield. The garden becomes a sanctuary for some but for others, the cause of resentment.

Frank the gardener holds the memory of Garraighblagh as he struggles to survive the battlefields  of France in World War I. Daisy and Tom find themselves thrown into helping people running from the Belfast Blitz. For Rose the garden is everything she hates and she has the power to destroy it.

It is now Northern Ireland and the 1970s. The time of the Troubles and even the garden is not immune. In one awful moment it becomes the victim of a bomb. 

Can the garden recover?

Can it  help negotiate difference and love across the divide as the Good Friday agreement is signed? The spirits of the past are ever present in the garden and the garden is a force of nature itself.

 If you love gardens and historical romance, then this is for you. An uplifting, feel good story, haunting and atmospheric.


Old family photographs were very useful in creating aspects of the garden – in this case, winter.