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Carmel Harrington’s debut novel, Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, took readers by storm in Ireland and was soon picked up in the U.S. by Harper Collins. 

Beyond Grace's RainbowWhen Grace is diagnosed with cancer her best chance of survival is to find a bone marrow transplant from a family member. Grace, however, is adopted and her one previous attempt to connect with her birth mother resulted in bitter disappointment.

But with her young son Jack to think about, and the return of her ex Liam, Jack’s father, reminding her of feelings she’d thought she’d buried long ago, Grace refuses to give up hope just yet. With the help of her friends she bravely embarks on a journey of discovery.

This search will bring her from her home in vibrant Dublin to the unspoiled beauty of Wexford where she must unravel a web of lies and deceit that has spanned over thirty years.

The Life You LeftCarmel’s second novel, The Life You Left, was released in June.

In The Life You Left, the day started out like any other for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong she truly is.

Set in a small coastal village on the beautiful Irish coast, The Life You Left is a story of redemption and the strength of love.

Carmel Harrington lives in Ireland with her husband Roger and her two children Amelia and Nate. She is a novelist and playwright and is proud to call her self a stay-at-home mum.

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