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Cave of Secrets
by Morgan Llywelyn

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Cave of Secrets
by Author Name Morgan Llywelyn

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List Price:7.99
Format: Paperback, 196 x 130 x 16mm, 272pp
Publication date: 16 Apr 2012
Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
ISBN-13: 9781847172075

Dubray Review

Tom has never felt accepted by his father, the master of Roaringwater House, who constantly ridicules and treats him like a boy even though he’s now thirteen. But when he meets Donal, the son of one of the old Irish families, Tom finds acceptance and inner strength by taking part in smuggling activities as a way of hurting his father. He grows to love this second family but, when his mother and sisters find out about the secret smuggling, Tom learns that his own family have been keeping many secrets of their own – secrets that threaten everything they hold dear.

Join Tom as he learns the smuggling trade and gains a sense of belonging along the way, while he also discovers that the secrets his parents have been keeping have far wider repercussions for his family. Tom must prove once and for all to his father that he has become a worthy son in order to save them all from ruin.

Cave of Secrets is another brilliant historical novel by renowned writer Morgan Llywelyn. It highlights a period of Irish history seldom written about, where land is worth all and the loss of it can mean disaster.

- Helen Corcoran, Grafton Street


Pirates and crooked rulers make seventeenth-century Ireland a dangerous place. When Tom feels rejected by his father, he finds a secret second family among the group of smugglers who trade in and around Roaringwater Bay. Though Tom doesn't know it, his family in the Big House is under huge pressure. His father has had savage losses in business; his mother is always sad and worried, and his sisters have no hopes for a good future. This is seventeenth-century Ireland when cut-throat interests control everybody and everything, and land-grabbing is the order of the day. Friend turns into foe, and loyalty counts for nothing. From his new family, Tom learns all about boats and smuggling - and secret treasure. And then Tom discovers the best-kept secret of all ...


'offers a fascinating and imaginative insight into 17th century Ireland with the excitement and romanticism of smugglers, caves and treasure' -- 'I'd recommend it for readers 10+ and definitely to those who like a smattering of history with their adventure' -- 'it intrigued me' -- 'well written historical novel' -- 'Llywelyn has established herself as the leading writer of Irish historical novels for children' -- Books Ireland 'Dark family secrets, tangled webs of greed: you'll love this smuggling adventure story' -- Helen Corcorcan, Dubray Books, Grafton St. 'Cave of Secrets is Llywelyn at her best' -- Books Ireland '(Llywelyn) skillfully weaves fiction with historical fact' -- Books Ireland 'exciting' -- Books Ireland 'exciting' -- Irish Parent Magazine 'another winner' -- Irish Parent Magazine 'a rip-roaring yarn of loyalty and betrayal, pirates and smugglers' -- Irish Independent 'gripping' -- Evening Echo 'children of ten plus will ... enjoy the exciting story' -- 'a must read for ages 10+ and beyond' -- Dolphin Booksellers Blog 'a thrilling adventure set in Ireland in the 1700's, full of adventure, suspense, deadly enemies and great friendships' -- Dolphin Booksellers Blog 'will have the reader gripped' -- CBI's Recommended Reads 2012 'brings history to life in a compelling and accessible way' -- CBI's Recommended Reads 2012 'excitement and adventure' -- CBI's Recommended Reads 2012 'interesting and compelling' -- Inis universal and timeless plot situations, coupled with interesting characters, make this title as relevant to today's readers as if it were set in the 21st century ... an appealing tale for a broad audience -- VOYA Magazine for those fascinated by Irish history -- Kirkus Reviews