New Longford author bursts on the scene with “Alice-Rose”

"Alice-Rose" the debut novel by Caitriona Leslie
“The year is 2011 and the place is Ireland. Libby Finn is still shadowed by grief after the death of her husband Max. The era of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ has come to an end and the young widow has managed to survive the economic downturn better than most. However, despite seeming to possess every obvious advantage, Libby is resigned to a somewhat-less-than-rosy future, and one destined, in her opinion, to be without a great romantic love.”

“The year is 2011 and the place is Ireland. Libby Finn is still shadowed by grief after the death of her husband Max. The era of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ has come to an end and the young widow has managed to survive the economic downturn better than most. However, despite seeming to possess every obvious advantage, Libby is resigned to a somewhat-less-than-rosy future, and one destined, in her opinion, to be without a great romantic love.”

“Alice-Rose” the debut novel by Caitriona Leslie is to be officially launched in Torc Café tomorrow night by Longford Leader editor Sheila Reilly. The event is being run in conjunction with Torc and Longford County Library.

Caitriona began writing her novel about five years ago, but it wasn’t until her youngest child had started school that she was able to “get a good run at it.” “I initially thought (absent-mindedly) about the possibility of writing women’s fiction after having read quite a few less-than-inspiring novels of that genre” Caitriona explains. “I often felt that I could probably do as good a job, if not a better one, than some. Personally, I love a good old-fashioned love story, but there has to be more to the story than a gallop to the end. I want to enjoy the journey along the way and I want a book where every sentence is worth reading.”

Caitriona, who grew up in Co. Westmeath, now lives in Longford with her husband and their three children.

The launch will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 25th in Torc Café, New Street, Longford at 7.30pm. For more information on the book and the author, or to purchase the book, visit http://www.alicerosebook.com/