Sisters of Belfast: A Novel (Paperback)

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Sisters of Belfast: A Novel (Paperback)


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In the spirit of Heather Morris, Kate Quinn, and Pam Jenoff, an enthralling and deeply moving story that begins during World War II, about orphaned twin sisters in Ireland whose lives diverge for decades, until fate—and faith—reunite them in the twilight of their lives.

Orphaned during the Second World War, Aelish and Isabel McGuire—known as the twins of Belfast—are given over to the austere care of the Sisters of Bethlehem. Though they are each all the other has, the girls are propelled in opposite directions as they grow up. Rebellious Isabel turns her back on the church and Ireland, traveling to Newfoundland where she pursues a perilous yet independent life. Devout Aelish chooses to remain in Northern Ireland and takes the veil, burying painful truths beneath years of silence. For decades the two are separated, each unaware of the other’s life. But after years of isolation Aelish is unexpectedly summoned to Newfoundland, where she and her estranged sister begin to bridge the chasm between them.

Reunion brings to light the painful secrets and seismic deceptions that have kept these sisters apart, leaving the McGuire twins to begin reconstructing their understanding about themselves as women and as family–what they know of love, hope, and above all, forgiveness.

A story of faith—in religion, in the world, and in one another—Sisters of Belfast is a heartbreaking, tragic, and deeply moving novel about survival and the enduring power of sisterhood.

Melanie Maure holds a Master’s in Counselling Psychology and lives in central British Columbia. She is second generation Irish and spends a great deal of time in Ireland, which is an enduring source of inspiration for her work. Sisters of Belfast is her debut novel.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063341555
ISBN-10: 0063341557
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English

"Powerful . . . . An achingly beautiful novel about redemption and the power of sisterhood." — Washington Post

"Maure’s heart-wrenching debut draws from the recent investigations into Ireland’s mother and baby homes, where pregnant women were treated with cruelty. The use of multiple points of view adds perspective as well as emotional heft, and the hopeful ending points to a better way forward for all. Readers of Lisa Wingate’s novels will appreciate Maure’s skill at putting a personal spin on a tragic historical event." — Booklist