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Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co. Louth, Ireland. December Girl, her debut novel, was published by Bombshell Books in 2017. In 2019 she published her second novel The Nanny at Number 43 with Poolbeg Books, the first of a three book deal. Her third novel based on the life of Adele Astaire publishes in 2020.

Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.

 

When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for this newborn child.

 

He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs. McHugh.

 

Mrs McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.

 

When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins.

 

But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.

 

Then in 1896 her baby son is taken from his pram. Molly searches the streets for Oliver. The police are called but her baby is gone.

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Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. At every stage of her life she has faced troubles.

 

As a young woman her family are evicted from their home at Christmas. Molly swears vengeance on the jealous neighbour and land agent responsible, Flann Montgomery.

 

Then in 1896 her baby son is taken from his pram. Molly searches the streets for Oliver. The police are called but her baby is gone.

 

Why does trouble seem to follow Molly? And will she ever find out what happened to her child?

 

December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.

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Writing.ie - Using your home as a backdrop to your novel

Here in an article on www.writing.ie, Nicola discusses how she was inspired by the Boyne Valley

In the media - reviews and interviews

Read what people are saying about Nicola's books and listen back to some of her favourite interviews since she started blogging.

Writing.ie - Making it - the journey to publication

In this article featured on writing.ie, Nicola discusses the emotions around declaring yourself and finally realising your dream