Set in the very different worlds of cosmopolitan London and a sleepy village in Ireland's Wicklow mountains, The Keepsake Quilters tells the stories of four generations of women and the patchwork of fabrics that reconciles their unspoken family past with their dysfunctional present, offering the prospect of a joyful future
When London TV producer Penny finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, it throws her carefully thought-out future plans into disarray - and her concerned mother Val's constant attempts to guide her don't help to calm her panic. Meanwhile Penny's grandmother Marguerite - Val's widowed mother - has recently returned to her childhood home in Wicklow and is struggling to show her concern for Penny without it looking like disapproval.
Then Marguerite has an idea - she and Val will make a keepsake quilt for the baby, a way of welcoming this new member of the family and keeping themselves distracted until Penny is more receptive to their advice. But as they begin to piece together treasured textiles, Marguerite becomes fascinated by a mysterious portrait of her own mother and Val is forced to confront her feelings about the past...
Praise for Felicity Hayes-McCoy - **
A sparkling, life-affirming novel -- sunshine on the page - Cathy Kelly on The Month of Borrowed Dreams
Warm-hearted ... reminiscent of Maeve Binchy and Roisin Meaney - Irish Examiner on Summer at the Garden Cafe
For fans of Maeve Binchy ... If you like reading a feel-good novel set in Ireland, then take a journey to the edge of the world - Sunday Independent on The Library at the Edge of the World
A charming and heart-warming story - Jenny Colgan
Engaging ... sparkling and joyous - Sunday Times
Felicity Hayes-McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland. She read English and Irish language and literature at UCD before moving to England in the 1970s to train at The Drama Studio, London. Her work as a writer includes television and radio drama, features, documentaries, dramatisations and adaptations; screenplays; music theatre; children's books, and interactive multimedia products.
She and her husband, opera director Wilfred Judd, live in Corca Dhuibhne and in Bermondsey, London. She blogs about life in both places on her website www.felicityhayesmccoy.co.uk