about this item
Secrets can’t last forever in this heartfelt debut novel, a UK bestseller and contemporary Philomena story.In a crumbling mansion, two elderly sisters, Ella and Roberta O’Callaghan, live alone with their secrets, memories, and mutual hatred. Long estranged by a dark family tragedy, they communicate only by terse notes. But when the sisters are threatened with bankruptcy, Ella defies Roberta’s wishes and takes matters into her own hands, putting her baking skills to good use and converting the mansion’s old ballroom into a café.Much to Roberta’s displeasure, the café is a hit and the sisters are reluctantly drawn back into the village life they abandoned decades ago. But gossip has a long life, and Ella finds herself reliving painful memories when Debbie, an American woman searching for her birth mother, begins working at the café. As the local convent comes under scrutiny, the O’Callaghan sisters find themselves caught up in an adoption scandal that dates back to the 1960s and spreads all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Only by overcoming their enmity and facing up to the past can they face the future togetherbut can they finally put their differences behind them? An emotionally rich story with flashes of humor, gossip, and tragedy,The Ballroom Café is a moving debut novel of love both lost and found.
Number of Pages: 322
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Ann O'loughlin
Street Date: October 4, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-2504