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Released: August 2014
ISBN: 9781311869883
ASIN: B00MX5TJZ2
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Print Released: June 2015
ISBN: 9781910234181
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MY HUSBAND'S SIN
Author: Mary T. Bradford
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Digital Price: $4.99
Print Price: $10.99

In the weeks following Lillian Taylor’s burial, her four loving adult children assemble for the reading of her will. For the grieving youngest sibling, Lacey, life is about to come crashing down as a deep secret is revealed. The fall-out affects every member and they struggle to regain the happy family unit they once shared. Each of the siblings, take the reader on a journey as they try to come to terms and learn to handle this huge revelation.

 

Excerpt
JULY

Lacey fled the Sherman and Jones Solicitors’ office in turmoil, only pausing to catch her breath before descending the cold solid steps. The appalling words kept ringing in her ears. How the bloody hell could a mother do this to her child? A bitch, that’s what she was. Lacey should have trusted her instinct all through the years.

The pleasant July day was lost on her. Without thinking further, she sought solace in the bar further down the street. In the dimly-lit pub she was the only woman.

Lacey Turner didn’t drink alcohol this early, but placed in front of her now was a double vodka with bitter lemon. Taking the glass in her trembling hand, she drank swiftly. The sour liquid made her shake her head. God, it was unpleasant. In one corner, two elderly men were sipping their stouts. Another up at the bar was reading the day’s paper.

The barman came over to where she sat and smiled. “A tough morning so far then?” He wiped down the glass-topped table and replaced some beer mats with fresh un-tattered ones.

Lacey didn’t reply. She couldn’t. The shock of this morning’s events was still gripping her tight. Christ, her life had been turned upside down in the stroke of a pen. Her hands still shook.

Looking the barman up and down, she acknowledged he was kind of cute. If times were different, she might even flirt with him; his tight black t-shirt groaned across his chest, but she didn’t have time to daydream. Reality had her gripped in its cold heartless hand.

“Can I have another?” Lacey called out to the bar attendant as he moved on to wiping down other tables. He nodded and went to the bar to get her fresh drink.

Her mind was swimming with horrible thoughts of her mother. Dear Lord, she mustn’t think like that any more. She was Lillian, not Mother. Where do you start to pick up the pieces of your life after something like that? Her mobile phone rang: it was Sally. Lacey snapped at it, turning it off in one quick touch. Bloody family. Her bloody family!

The fresh glass was placed in front of her. He seemed to linger for a moment, waiting for Lacey to make eye contact. She really did not want his company but he wasn’t going anywhere, judging by his stance before her. She looked up at him. Yep, definitely cute.

“You could try talking. This will only lead to a headache and misery.” The guy smiled encouragingly, but all she did was stare back at him, confusion and anger in her eyes. Throwing a twenty on the table, she stood up and paused.

“Maybe misery is what I deserve.”

Her taupe Guess handbag and caramel jacket hung on the chair. She shoved the bag onto her shoulder, took her jacket, and walked out. Kind, attractive barmen were not what she wanted. She desired space and freedom to take in and assimilate the horrible rotten words that she’d heard today. Who would believe it? Who would have thought when she’d wakened this morning at seven, that five hours later her life would have crashed down around her? With her mind troubled, she wandered without direction through the busy streets.

Lacey’s world had stopped, yet around her cars passed by beeping their irritation with the slow traffic, people pushed and chatted without a concern for the young woman in their midst. She strolled along, not fully noticing life around her. Those words, those poisonous words, kept swirling in her mind. The look of horror on her siblings’ faces would be etched on her memory forever. She couldn’t face them right now. What must they think of her?

“Watch it.” The woman grunted at Lacey.

“Sorry.” Lacey didn’t know what she was apologising for, but it startled her into realising she needed to get home. It would be safe there.

What the reviewers are saying
Absolutely Marvellous
What an excellent read, absolutely loved it, a real page turner which I read in two sittings, couldn't put it down. ~ Carol Drinkwater, Amazon

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A fantastic read
Excellent loved it could not put it down looking forward to another book by this author and a nice change from the usual romance. ~ Ann Smitham, Amazon

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spellbinding
One of those stories that you never want to end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes family mystery stories. ~ Mary McAuley, Amazon

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One to watch
While not my usual genre, I was carried away by the story of family intrigue, and couldn't wait to find out what was next in store for the Taylor family . . . The plot is full of twists and turns, and the reader is kept in suspense all the way. It's also an emotive story of loss, but the dark themes are handled deftly with a lightness of touch. ~Roisy, Amazon

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. ~ Tracey Kearney, Amazon

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Highly recommended
Fantastic book, looking forward to reading more from this Author. I Found it hard to put this story down. ~ Sarah Carroll, Amazon

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I was already hooked by chapter 2
I was already hooked by chapter 2. It was a tense beginning, with shocking revelations. This is a cracking book with loads of family secrets, makes you wonder if your own family has any and what you or your siblings would do in similar circumstances. Would you know them after something like this? I enjoyed all the characters . . . ~ J. Reason, Amazon

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lovely read
A great read from start to finish with some twists and turns along the way. Really enjoyed it. ~ Máire Corbett, Amazon

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Great Debut Novel
This book is the debut novel of a promising new Irish author. I really like books set in Ireland and was keen to read it. The story centres around four siblings and how each of them cope following a shocking revelation at the reading of their mother's will. A very well written book, full of twists and turns. It will certainly keep you gripped. ~ EC, Amazon

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Great read from the start
Great read from the start. Grab my attention throughout the book. Written really well making you believe and feel for all the characters. Would highly recommend this book to others, a story of family secrets and how they filter out to others in the family. ~ Zoe, Amazon

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Unputadownable!
Bradford has managed to write a book using four siblings as her main characters where they seem to take four different journeys which are individual and unique to them, but still achieves the one ending for all of them. There is many twists and turns built in heightening the suspense and accumulates in what I call a release at the end! ~ Lucy Johnson, Amazon

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The Taylors are a model family - nice home, grown up family
The story moves along at a great pace to its satisfying conclusion. A very enjoyable read. ~Irish Reader, Amazon

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Debut Triumph for Mary T Bradford
Mary T. Bradford is a fresh new voice in Irish fiction circles. Her debut novel My Husband's Sin is a story of suspense, love and betrayal. It moves along at a furious pace and from the gripping outset, we are pulled into the shocking secret that threatens to split the Taylor family apart. Lacey is a likeable young heroine who finds inner strength when her world is rocked by what transpires at the reading of her mother's will. The reader is swept along by this tale to the end. I found the book very difficult to put down as I was totally caught up in the Taylor family saga and wanted to know how it ended. The characters are likeable, even the deeply troubled, Willlow but it is Lacey we are rooting for as she sets out to uncover the secret that shrouded the Taylor's family life. No more secrets, that's what Lacey vows - will she succeed in her mission? To find that out, read Ms. Bradford's novel and be swept along by a great story. ~ Maggie, Amazon UK

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What a fabulous story and one you couldn't get better written than by Mary. This story tells of a secret so bold its shock enough to send wave through a family for a long time and with such effects that are totally unchangeable. The characters are so believable you find yourself getting angry and sympathizing as you would in real life . . . I loved every page of this book and was kept on the edge of my seat. Irish are the best writers and now we are finding the best writers in Ireland and Mary has come very close to my fav author in Ireland, Mary O'Sullivan. ~ Book-Shelf, Amazon UK

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My Husband's Sin is a deeply moving story of one woman's journey through her family's skeletal closet. It pulls at all the emotions from loss to acceptance, anger to forgiveness, and dubious past to a future worth looking forward to. Lacey is instantly likable and one can't help but follow her journey as she gets to the truths in her family. Mary's unique voice creates lasting imagery and makes this a quick read. This is a fabulous debut novel. I can't wait to see what's up Mary's sleeve next. ~ Heart of Fiction

 

 

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