I am working on my next novel which has a working title called "Portrait of Isabella Simmons". It revolves around two very different characters from opposite backgrounds who find themselves in 1954 living in a house in the town of Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland.
Readers will be first introduced to Johanna Cahill, born and raised on the hills of Connemara, west of Ireland until the age of sixteen years when she has to flee her home. Johanna flees her past, making her way to Dublin in order to secure a better future. Opportunity has always favoured her and by 1954 Johanna is living in the exclusive area of Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Now a forgotten artist, Francesco Romano once painted portraits for the Italian, Maltese and Irish nobility. The purchase of a portrait of a young woman named Isabella Simmons, daughter of the English Governor to Malta in the late 19th century by Edmund Cunningham, former employer of Johanna, from a private collection has started an investigation by the young Bernard Cunningham into the history behind the lady in the portrait and how his uncle, Edmund discovered the mysterious Italian artist Francesco Romano.
But not everything is as simple in investigating the lady in the portrait as both Francesco and Johanna have their own secrets which neither wish to share.
There will be a publication date in early 2018.