Talk of the Town | The place to share your book love

Welcome back to your fortnightly Talk of the Town where we share the book love.

Not joined in Talk of the Town linky I co-host with Lindsay from Bookboodle before?  No worries!  You can check out all the details of the linky and if you’re unsure about how to link you can follow my walkthrough.  If you have any questions, please ask.

We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are sponsoring Talk of the Town 🙂

This month we’re continuing to showcase The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’Loughlin.  (Crime lovers, you will LOVE next month’s showcase from B&W).

I shared a lovely post on friendships from Ann when The Ludlow Ladies’ Society was released in Kindle format.  Last month saw the release of the paperback AND audio.  Congratulations Ann!

The Ludlow Ladies' Society Ann O'Loughlin

Connie Carter has lost everyone and everything dear to her. Leaving her home in New York, she moves to a run-down Irish mansion, hoping to heal her shattered heart and in search of answers: how could her husband do the terrible things he did? And why did he plough all their money into the dilapidated Ludlow Hall before he died, without ever telling her?

At first Connie tries to avoid the villagers, until she meets local women Eve and Hetty who introduce her to the Ludlow Ladies’ Society, a crafts group in need of a permanent home. Connie soon discovers Eve is also struggling with pain and the loss of having her beloved Ludlow Hall repossessed by the bank and sold off. Now, seeing the American Connie living there, the hurt of losing everything is renewed. Can these women ever be friends? Can they ever understand or forgive?

As the Ludlow Ladies create memory quilts to remember those they have loved and lost, the secrets of the past finally begin to surface. But can Connie, Eve and Hetty stitch their lives back together?


Ann O'LouglinA leading journalist in Ireland for nearly thirty years, Ann O’Loughlin has covered all major news events of the last three decades. Ann spent most of her career with independent newspapers where she was Security Correspondent at the height of The Troubles, and was a senior journalist on the Irish Independent and Evening Herald. She is currently a senior journalist with the Irish Examiner newspaper covering legal issues. Ann has also lived and worked in India. Originally from the west of Ireland she now lives on the east coast with her husband and two children.

Connect with Ann O’Loughlin

Twitter @annolwriter


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We hope you managed to check out the diverse posts from last week.  You linked round ups, reviews and I have to mention Kathleen Jowitt who prompted a few of us to think deeper with her post Reflecting life : the Staunch Prize and writing honestly.

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to 🙂


Talk of the TownBlack & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

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Married with two sons in their early 20’s, I love my day job as an Inclusion Lead. I am passionate about early help, expressed not only in my setting but also as a member of Bournemouth’s Early Help Operational Board. It’s an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.

I’m also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet.

I’ve been blogging for seven years at Jera’s Jamboree.


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