Indie Elite: Before the Fall by Orna Ross

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Before the Fall by Orna Ross:
In 1923, Dan O'Donovan, an Irish Free State soldier, was found dead in the notorious sinking sands at Mucknamore. Was he a victim of the 'War of The Brothers' that has been tearing this village apart ? Or lured to his death for other, more personal, reasons?

Now, in 1995, Jo Devereux has returned to Mucknamore from San Francisco, having fled the village twenty years before. Pregnant and troubled, Jo is determined to uncover the silence that surrounds her family history.

In excavating an astonishing story about her mother and grandmother, Jo comes to understand the price her people paid for freedom. And to know how this mysterious, tit-for-tat murder haunted three generations, devastated her own life and framed her choices. But what now for her and Rory?

But what now for her and Rory? Will her mission to uncover the past somehow redeem her future?

BEFORE THE FALL is a sweeping, multigenerational tale set in 1920s Ireland and 1980s San Francisco. A novel about learning to integrate the drive for freedom with the need to belong.

Orna Ross worked in publishing in Dublin for 20 years as journalist, editor, novelist, creative writing lecturer and literary agent. She now lives in London and writes fiction, film scripts, poetry and nonfiction about creative intelligence. Orna is founder and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors. Her featured novel, Before the Fall, has been called "multi-layered, captivating, wonderful." Visit Orna online at

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