Shadows in Heaven

Written by Nadine Dorries


In post-war Tarabeg, two women are waiting for ambitious Michael Malone to return home. Rosie is the local schoolteacher and most people think she is promised to him. Just a few have guessed that he has secretly begun to woo Sarah, whose brutal fisherman father would kill her if he knew.

Both Rosie and Sarah love Michael, both hope to become his wife and their lives will interweave in a tale of tangled secrets, old promises and new feuds. Michael Malone’s choice will have fateful consequences for everyone – especially, in due course, for his young daughter.




An Incredible Saga!  5 stars


As the first in a trilogy this is a gripping and enticing read!

Not so much a family saga as one encompassing a whole village, this is rich in details of living in a rural community. Life in Ireland hasn’t been easy and most families find their offspring heading for the new world as soon as they can afford the fare. Such has been the case with the Malones until Michael, the youngest, signs up to fight with the British Army much to the chagrin of some of the locals who have a deep-set hatred of the English. Michael has been secretly romancing the daughter of one – much to her mother’s delight but hidden from her father for fear of what reprisals he will take against the women.

This is a tremendously packed read; vividly described in such a way that it’s easy to picture the village of Tarabeg and it’s inhabitants. It is an addictive novel with plenty going on and certainly kept my attention glued to the story. Nadine Dorries writes with an easy, flowing manner which hooks me every time, and if you haven’t read her other books I would strongly recommend catching up! Tarabeg is certainly somewhere I can’t wait to visit again to find out what happens next in this truly wonderful tale.

My thanks to Florence Hare of Head of Zeus and NetGalley for providing my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family saga, historical, Irish


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5243 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Publication Date: 12 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author



81CGyvyoKxL._SY200_I was raised in a working class family in Liverpool and began my nurse training when I was eighteen years old. It was the only pathway open to me out from the concrete housing estate and poor background I desperately wanted to escape.

I am very lucky to still be in contact with the nurses I began training with all those years ago. Those who enjoyed The Four Streets trilogy should equally enjoy the Lovely Lane series.

Lovely Lane is a real place in Warrington. The books combine and knit together my memories of Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane. Bewsey Road Nurses Home, where I lived and laughed and most importantly, survived and the hospitals across Liverpool where I worked.



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