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Ireland, 1848. Fourteen-year-old Rosaleen watches her mother die. Her country is reeling from the great potato famine, which will ultimately kill more than one million people. Driven by a promise and her will to survive, Rosaleen flees her small coastal town.
She eventually arrives in America at the birth of the industrial revolution and is filled with hope and a new sense of independence. Yet the more Rosaleen becomes a part of this new world, the more she longs for a community she lost and a young man she can’t forget.
Through a series of both heartwarming and tragic events, Rosaleen learns that she can’t outrun the problems that come along with being Irish. And maybe, she doesn’t want to.
"It was fantastic. The end gave me goosebumps." - 5-star review
"From feelings of defeat and despair, to the promise of hope and fulfillment, you will not be disappointed as this novel is surely a page turner." - 5-star Goodreads review
"Signed, A Paddy is a moving, thought provoking story of courage, fortitude and a fight for a better life that so many coming to this country continue to face. From the workhouse to the textile mills, Rosaleen transforms from a scared, young girl to an audacious young woman, who finds her voice and takes matters into her own hands. The author’s ability to weave historical fact into Rosaleen’s story will have you re-examining your own thoughts, beliefs of American history and the courage and persistence of those that came before us. If you’re a fan of strong, persistent, courageous women, then this book is for you." - 5-star Goodreads review
"I loved this. Rose's story is one I had not read about before." -5-star review