Date Publsihed: 1/21/23
A story of a family whose matriarchs strive to dictate the lives of the younger generations, only to later reflect on their own shortcomings and the importance of the men they disregarded.
The narrative focuses on the growing, but taboo, love between a woman and her priest, and the guilt that consumes them. Set in the 1960s Yorkshire with links to a small Northern Irish town, the family must confront the death of their child and its ripple effects on their lives, including marital turmoil, depression, and health problems for all involved.
This funny yet poignant tale poses the question, what would we change if we knew the consequences of our actions?
Shelagh Taylor is a single mother of four adult children, who was born in the UK to an English mother and an Irish father. In her early 40s, she went to university and gained a Second-class BA(Hons)Youth and Community Services, degree, and began a career working with at-risk children in a professional capacity. She left the UK, just after her 50th birthday, and continued working with vulnerable adults and children in NZ. Then went back to university and completed a primary school teaching diploma.
She has always been an imaginative storyteller, bringing her characters alive, and writing has been a passion since her school days. Now, she has finally combined the two forces to write her first novel, My Sister Maggie, based on her private and professional experiences of the impact of death, separation, and divorce. She adds, humour and heartbreak to her stories to ensure they touch on real-life issues, in a holistic, realistic way.
Now, her dreams of being a writer have been unleashed she hopes to continue to develop her skills to bring the drama of real life to her readers.