Beginning in 1970, we meet Mona, a young, ambitious woman in England, looking to start a new life. Things start falling into place when she meets William, as she is besotted by his good looks and charm. And so the classic love story begins, sweet and naïve…until tragedy strikes, leaving behind a trail of destruction and despair. Poignant, distressing but also at times joyful, this is a story that will tug at the toughest of heartstrings.
Reccomended by Lorna Mc Bennett, Dubray Blackrock
Mona is a dollmaker. She crafts beautiful, handmade wooden dolls in her workshop in a sleepy seaside town. Every doll is special. Every doll has a name. And every doll has a hidden meaning, from a past Mona has never accepted. Each new doll takes Mona back to a different time entirely - back to Birmingham, in 1972. Back to the thrill of being a young Irish girl in a big city, with a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. Back to her first night out in town, where she meets William, a gentle Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. Back to their whirlwind marriage, and unexpected pregnancy. And finally, to the tragedy that tore them apart.