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?
About the Author
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.