Author : Ann O’Loughlin
Title : The Ludlow Ladies’ Society
Pages : 288
Publisher : Black & White Publishing
Publication date : July 4, 2017
Connie Carter has lost everybody and everything dear to her. To help nurse her grieving heart and to try and find answers, she moves from her home in America to Ludlow Hall, deep in the Irish countryside. All she knows about Ludlow is that her late husband spent all their money on the house – without ever mentioning it to her. Now Connie needs to know why.
At Ludlow Hall, Connie befriends Eve and Hetty and is introduced to the somewhat curious Ludlow Ladies’ Society. But can Connie ever reveal her hurt? And, more importantly, can she ever understand or forgive? As the Ludlow Ladies stitch patchwork memory quilts to remember those they have loved and lost, the secrets of the past finally begin to surface.
The Ludlow Ladies’ Society is a truly beautiful story about love and loss, but above all of compassion, friendship and the strength and resilience of women.
Connie moves into Ludlow Hall after leaving behind devastating events in America. Her late husband has spent all their money on the house without her knowing about it and now she wants to find out why.
Eve is the former owner of Ludlow Hall. She was forced to leave her home when the bank foreclosed on it. And then there’s Hetty, also a widow, who still hides a secret about her husband.
The Ludlow Ladies’ Society, of which Eve and Hetty are members, comes together to create memory quilts for an exhibition that will be attended by Michelle Obama. Soon secrets are shared and mysteries will be solved but more importantly, friendships are formed that will change these women’s lives. I loved getting to know each and every one of these characters.
I found this novel to be absolutely heartwarming and sometimes I felt it was so incredibly heartbreaking that I actually reached for a tissue. (Totally blame the hormones!) But there are also a few chuckles. These ladies will worm their way into your heart and they made me proud to be a woman. I envied this warm circle of friends and wished I could be a part of it. Each in their own way is an inspiration, putting their own grief aside to care and show compassion for someone else.
Many thanks to Black & White Publishing for my advanced copy, which I received through Netgalley and chose to review honestly.
The Ludlow Ladies’ Society is published today!