A bittersweet love story exploring why good people sometimes do bad things…
Millie Malone, a spirited, thirty-something journalist returns home to Northern Ireland after a life-changing decision leaves her London life in ruins.
A family reunion soon unravels, opening old wounds and igniting new grievances regarding the murder of her father by the IRA decades earlier. Retreating to the family cottage in Donegal, Millie soon meets Finn McFall, a fisherman originally from west Belfast, who loves to paint and recite Irish poetry.
In the new modern Ireland, Millie believes religion is no longer a barrier for love. But she soon finds home is a place still struggling with a fragile peace and simmering sectarianism.
As events unfold, Millie is forced to decide between love and loyalty, eventually having to ask herself the ultimate question: can love really conquer all?
‘Engaging… multi-layered… with a beautifully nuanced contemporary love story at it’s heart’
Claire Shiells grew up in rural Northern Ireland during the Troubles where she had the best of times and the worst of times. She calls herself Northern Irish except on St Patrick’s Day when she is inexplicably full on Top-Of-The-Morning-To-You Irish. Claire now lives in London and in her last life (before the longest maternity leave ever) was a journalist and magazine editor. After Dad is inspired by a true event and is her first novel.
Beth Reid (Guest Review) - 19 Aug, 2023
This book was given to me by a friend when my husband and I visited Ireland. We were travelling from Australia. On return home, I read "After Dad" and found it to be a very well written story and the fact that it is inspired by a true event, makes it special. The characters are real and the love story makes it an easy read. I would certainly recommend "After Dad" as a good read. I'm hoping for a sequel!!