A Posy of Promises

Written by Sharon Dempsey




What happens when the relationship you have taken for granted suddenly ends?

Ava Connors is comfortable with her life just as it is, still living in the tiny terrace house where she was brought up by her grandmother, Maggie, seeing her long-term boyfriend, Finlay, and working in a florist.

But Maggie’s health is declining and Finlay is fed up waiting for Ava to make a commitment.

Ava has never really known her mother, Scarlett, and when she inherits an old and dilapidated house it ignites an interest in the mother who had abandoned her as a child.

Why did Scarlett leave her to be brought up by her grandmother?

Soon Ava begins to ask this question and in turn sets off a series of events that will change her life forever.

A Posy of Promises looks at the relationships we have and the questions we ask of those we love.






A Grand Read, Full of Warmth!  5 stars


What a wonderful tale! And, best of all, it’s first in a trilogy .. so two more to look forward to with eager anticipation.

Ava Connor is very happy with her life; living with the grandmother who raised her, working in a job she loves and sharing her down time with a long term boyfriend. Then Finlay dumps her, her beloved Gran’s health is on a downward spiral and, out of the blue, she is bequeathed a rather large house, but has no idea from whom. Being content with her lot in life, Ava is thrown by these events. What will she do with her good fortune? How could Finn break it off when her gran, Maggie, is so ill? And will she ever find out where this house fits into things?

This is a grand read, full of warmth. So much going on with beautifully created characters and a well-spun tale that drew me in so quickly. The characters are so true to life, I would expect to bump into any of them should I visit Belfast. I was more than happy to drink in all the details and quite sad to reach the final page. Roll on book two!

My thanks to publishers Bombshell Books / Bookouture for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family life, women’s fiction


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2609 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bombshell Books: an imprint of Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 13 June 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                               Amazon US




Meet the Author


71nJ80EGCLL._SY200_Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. Her crime debut Little Bird was released July 2017 with Bloodhound Books.
She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She tutors at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.
Her commercial women’s fiction novel, A Posy of Promises, will be published in June 2018.
Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.




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