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Sent to Ireland in disgrace, she was forced to give up her baby…

Inspired by heartbreaking true events in a home for unwed mothers, journeying from Boston to Ireland, the No.1 bestselling novel The American Girl is a heartrending and captivating story of mothers and daughters, love and cruelty, and the triumph of hope.


‘A true storyteller who keeps you turning the pages’ CATHY KELLY, Sunday Times bestselling author

Boston 1968. Rose Moroney is seventeen, smart, spirited – and pregnant. She wants to marry her boyfriend but her ambitious parents have other plans. She is sent to Ireland, their birthplace, to deliver her daughter in a home for unwed mothers – and part with her against her will.

Dublin 2013.
Martha Sheeran’s life has come undone. Her marriage is over, and her husband has moved on with unsettling speed. Under pressure from her teenage daughter, she starts looking for the woman who gave her up for adoption more than forty years before.

As her search leads her to the heart of long-buried family secrets, an old flame also re-enters her life. Can the future offer an unexpected new beginning?


Your favourite authors love the novels of Rachael English:

‘Utterly moving and compelling. That first line . . . wow! I was hookedPatricia Scanlan

‘Fantastic storytelling looking back at Ireland’s dark past’ Liz Nugent

‘A powerful, important, beautiful book’ Sinéad Crowley

‘A compelling read’ Sheila O’Flanagan

‘Outstanding. I was on the edge of my seat *****’

‘It broke my heart. Rachael has managed to tell a truly heartbreaking story beautifully and with real grace and dignity *****’

‘Beautifully written and enjoyable *****’

‘I loved this book. Despite the subject matter this book is very uplifting *****’

‘A beautifully written story, uncovering some untold truths *****’

‘An addictive read *****’

‘Could not put it down. Highly recommend *****’