Pub Date 19 May 2017
The First World War rages on and rumours fly about nationalists planning an uprising against the British for Independence.
Sheltered from the outside terrors, Louisa lives at High Park, as upper-class estate in the Irish countryside where she feels she never quite belonged.
Caught between a cold, unhappy marriage and mundane wifely duties, Louisa’s dream of being a painter never felt so distant.
With her only son enlisted in the army, and her husband’s niece Muriel unsettling her with bizarre behaviour and pro-war values, she finds herself powerless in a war-torn world where being a woman finds no freedom.
But then she meets wild, strong-minded Viola Luttrell and Louisa’s world is turned upside down.
Struck by Viola’s charm, the two become friends – but before long their friendship in danger.
Not only does Louisa’s husband hold a grudge against the Luttrell family, but Viola has a secret that could put both their lives at risk: she knows James Connolly, the nationalist rebel leader, and she plans to join the imminent uprising against the British.
As Viola and Louisa grow closer and their friendship blossoms into something more, the fight for freedom becomes more than a fight for a nation, but a fight for themselves.
As the terrors of the war infiltrate High Park and loyalties are tested, the women are forced to make painful decisions that could change the course of their lives forever…
Lovers and Dancers is a heart-wrenching tale of love lost and love found in unexpected places.