Author: Owens, Sharon
Narrator: Caroline Winterson
Format: Digital Download
Length: 11 Hours
On the heels of her captivating debut, The Tea House on Mulberry Street, comes Ireland's best-selling author Sharon Owens's new novel of passion, romance, and regret-and the winding paths to falling in love.
Johnny "Hollywood" Hogan owns the ballroom on Magnolia Street, where sisters Kate and Shirley Winters, along with other regulars, go every Saturday night--to escape the realities of Belfast life, and to seek fun and romance.
Free-spirited Shirley has a mad crush on a boy named Declan Greenwood, while thoroughly modern Kate likes plenty of variety in her wardrobe (and her love life) and is determined to get married before her younger sister. She'll take anyone who'll have her, even if it has to be that greasy--though not entirely unattractive--mechanic who has been hanging around lately. The crowd at Hogan's is always lively, but that doesn't mean all problems have been left at the door. Johnny's grandparents are afraid that he'll retire and shut the ballroom down. Johnny yearns for Marion, his old love (and Declan's mother), while Marion starts to worry that her long-held secret will finally be revealed.
But it doesn't take long for all of the ballroom's patrons to discover that, even without velvet-lined balconies and crystal chandeliers, the magic of the twinkling lights and soft music will help them find just what they're looking for--whether it be family, friendship, or even true love.
A bestselling author in Ireland, Sharon Owens was born in Omagh in 1968. She moved to Belfast in 1988, to study illustration at the Art College. She married husband Dermot in 1992 and they have one daughter, Alice.
Caroline Winterson, an experienced narrator, has performed on stage, television and film in both the United States and Ireland. Her off-Broadway credits include Colleen Bawn, Maiden Voyages, Angel, Down The Flats, and Layboy of the Western World.
"Maeve Binchy meets Joanne Trollope... Gives you a warm glow like a nice cup of tea."
Ceclia Ahern, author of PS, I Love You
"Made me refuse nights out, in favor of curling up on the couch in my pajamas, book in hand, and dreaming of mouthwatering delights."
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