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An intensely gripping story of two extraordinary families from best seller Teresa Crane. Perfect for fans of Emily Gunnis, Fiona Valpy and Santa Montefiore, The Wild Card is an unforgettable listen.  

Siobhan Clough and her children are enjoying a holiday on the English coast. With them is Mary McCarthy and her volatile son, Liam. All is well until the arrival of Siobhan’s husband, George. A man of strong views and temper, he browbeats his wife, belittles his daughter, Christine, and treats Liam like a servant. 

A year later, Liam unexpectedly comes face to face with the father he has never known. Liam wants nothing to do with him, but when George Clough throws him out, he has little choice but to enter his father’s dangerous world of Irish politics. As the Clough children grow up, they each react to their domineering father in different ways, and Christine finds herself attracted to the man her father would disapprove of above all others, the wild card Liam McCarthy.

©2018 Teresa Crane (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Good read, but . . .

Took a while to get into the story and know the (many) characters. I stuck with it and mostly enjoyed the journey. As a historical novel, it was well researched and written. Most of the character storyline’s were uninspiring. Nothing of any great surprise, few WOW moments. Toward the end, I think there were unanswered questions and missed opportunities for showdowns between certain characters. Nemesis characters need to be reconciled convincingly one way or another. Aoife McMahon was brilliant in her narration as always.

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