Australian-born adopted Tilly, 17, tracks down her Irish birth mother who tells her that she has a sister living on Roone. When she discovers that she’s pregnant by a substitute teacher, Tilly in a panic books a flight to Ireland 2 days before Christmas without telling her parents, using savings from a weekend waitressing job. During a stopover in Heathrow her bag is stolen, leaving her practically penniless. On her arrival at the ferry terminal on Christmas Eve, she discovers that the ferry to Roone isn’t running due to high seas. Meanwhile, the island’s only hotel is damaged by the continuing storm that evening, so the owner farms out his guests among the B&Bs, and Laura takes in crochety American Larry. Her mother-in-law Gladys, no fan of Laura’s, is already spending Christmas with them – and on Christmas Day Tilly shows up and shocks Laura by announcing that she’s her sister. Over the days that follow, Laura and Tilly become acquainted; Tilly meets Andy and is attracted to him; she miscarries the teacher’s baby; on her return to Dublin, Gladys suffers a fatal heart attack. Tilly leaves Roone when her time is up, vowing to return to the island and her newly found family, and to Andy.
UK Publisher: Hachette Ireland