An admirable doctor in charge of a small, isolated hospital in outback Australia swaps his wife’s second stillborn baby for an identical twin born to an impoverished farmer’s wife who already has seven other children. Both mothers are unaware of the deception. Only one person, apart from the doctor, knows what happened, but no one believes him as he is considered to be mentally deficient. The doctor leaves for Ireland immediately afterwards so that his crime, committed on impulse, will remain undetected.
The stolen twin is destined for a future of privilege as the heir to her aristocratic mother’s wealth and status, while her sister in Australia faces a life of hardship and loneliness.
The differing fortunes of the twins, the doctor’s guilty conscience, the burden of the man who knows, the jealousy of an older sister, the fate of the mothers and the ambitions of the older generation, all combine to create conflict that compels the action forward throughout the novel until it reaches a dramatic and explosive climax.
Praise for Tyringham Park
‘The Last September meets Downton Abbey. Part emotional, part historical, it is all consuming – we urge you not to read it in one go’ – Woman’s Way
‘Dark and densely plotted, this is The Thorn Birds with a dash of Du Maurier’s Rebecca – brilliant’ – Irish Daily Mail
‘Tyringham Park is an exciting read with character stories that leave you in suspense till the end’ – Bord Gais Energy Book Club
‘An Irish period saga with bite. Its vindictive edginess is reminiscent of the novels of Molly Keane’ – Irish Examiner
‘McLoughlin spins a good yarn and the central mystery of what happened to Victoria kept me reading till the end’ – Sunday Independent
‘An entertaining story with great drama’ – Irish Country Living
‘It’s great, full of villains, full of intrigue’ – Monica McInerney,
– The John Murray Show, RTE Radio 1
‘A fantastic yet melancholic story and well worth a read’ – Emma Hannigan, Author
‘McLoughlin marshals the gothic suspense of Daphne Du Maurier, and the good and bad behaviour of Molly Keane’s country squires and heartless mothers’ – Irish Independent
‘An engrossing read; you’ll burn the dinner while you’re reading this’ – LMFM
‘Tyringham Park is a story set apart by its mix of flawed characters and its layered plot’ – Evening Echo
‘Tyringham Park is an addictive blend of the historical and romantic with chilling, gothic undertones and compelling, well drawn characters. I couldn’t put it down until I’d devoured the past page’ – Sarah Harte, Author