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The Priest, His Lady and the Drowned Child

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The Priest, His Lady and The Drowned Child is a sensitive, page-turning read, recounted with warm entertaining prose. The secrets, lies, and weaknesses of five truly memorable characters are exposed as they react to the death of Lady Marina Proudfoot, a woman of great beauty and refinement.

Father Ewan McEwan, despite his binding vows as a Roman Catholic priest, has secretly enjoyed a long, passionate and devoted affair with Lady Marina, who is many years his senior. Following her tragic death, he is forced to follow his own unique instruction; 'To know yourself, is to understand yourself, and memory is the only key.' Thus, he tells his life story; from the mystery of his early childhood, where he witnessed a murder, his dilemmas as a young adult, and his world fame as the subject of an iconic photograph.

Marina's death, also evokes intense turmoil for Timothy, her middle-aged son, who is suddenly faced with the emerging demons of his own troubled past; 'A child's arm held up, as if waving. Waving, not drowning.' He also has to try to adjust to the selfish demands of his newly 'outed' lover, Roger Fuller, a local married man.

Roger too, is trying to balance his emotions between Timothy's confusion and his abandoned wife, Sally.

Sally, in coping with Roger's sudden exit (to live with Timothy), seeks her own salvation - as an acolyte of Father Ewan. 'Face facts, Sally. You're a pathetic, humiliated dumped wife'

Also, as a red thread to the unfolding drama, Marina's posthumous story is told through her scandalous revelations, The Tales From The Purple Handbag.
'With a rare afternoon alone it's a perfect time to start a painful journey to the inside of myself.'

Thereafter, the fragilities and strengths of close relationships are revealed, as applied to man and woman, man and man, and parent and child. All five characters are involved in a shaky circle of profound changes and adjustment, with each of them challenged in ways they could never have predicted.


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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: The Priest, His Lady and the Drowned Child
Author(s): Mary Cavanagh
ISBN: 1-78308-000-0 / 978-1-78308-000-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Union Bridge Books
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February 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Priest, His Lady and the Drowned Child
Author(s): Mary Cavanagh
Publisher: Oxford eBooks
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