Ireland, 1848. Fourteen-year-old Rosaleen watches her mother die. Her country is reeling from the great potato famine, which will ultimately kill more than one million people. Driven by a promise and her will to survive, Rosaleen flees her small coastal town.
She eventually arrives in America at the birth of the industrial revolution and is filled with hope and a new sense of independence. Yet the more Rosaleen becomes a part of this new world, the more she longs for a community she lost and a young man she can't forget.
Through a series of both heartwarming and tragic events, Rosaleen learns that she can't outrun the problems that come along with being Irish. And maybe, she doesn't want to.
Beautiful, moving, and heart-felt.
A coming of age story set amidst the devastating effects of the Irish potato famine, Signed, A Paddy brings to life the voice of a young girl thrust into adulthood by the loss of her home and family. Despite the heartbreaking and tragic circumstances of her life, Rosaleen MacNamera is a bold and determined heroine, whose sheer willpower to survive and better herself and the lives of those around her is admirable. Lisa Boyle crafts a hauntingly beautiful tale that isn’t afraid to confront the realities of racial and social evils of times past. Yet Rosaleen’s story is also one of love, of finding peace in one’s purpose, and of hope. This moving book will grip you from the first page and will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last.