Meet Penny, Mary’s best friend. She has spent nearly her entire life in love with a man who isn’t free to love her back. She has dedicated herself to him, giving all she can and getting nothing back. The drain of the affair has led her to sink into alcoholism and a destructive behavior. She hates him, and herself, for not being strong enough to quit this cycle of misery that she is living. However, she isn’t able to stop it.
Meet Ivan, Mary’s cousin. His wife and children left him and he has yet to recover from the loss. He misses them desperately and longs to have his family back. A creature of habit, he can’t function without the comfort of what is familiar. A new woman in his life and a new friendship with the American shakes things up and causes a little excitement and thrill for Ivan’s boring routine.
Meet Sam, who is escaping
America and his demons to learn about
Ireland, the country where his favorite grandmother is from. He is retreating from his draining career and his battle with drug addiction to find solace in
Ireland. Moving into the cottage next door to Mary, a strange woman who obviously does not want anything to do with him brings all sorts of excitement into his life. He now has a life full of friends, oddities, and laughter galore.
These four “friends” find themselves APART FROM THE CROWD but bound together by friendship, however unlikely. Ms. McPartlin pens a novel that combines real life sorrow every reader can relate to concerning the ties of friendship, and saving lives and overcoming the past. Sam, Ivan, Penny, and Mary are all characters I could easily relate to, since their emotions virtually jumped from the pages. I found traits and characteristics in each one that made them real and sympathetic to the reader. Anna writes with such passion that I didn’t want the novel to end. I wanted to learn more about the characters lives. This is a warm novel with rich characters and a lot of heart!