The belle of Belfast :
a love story of great courage, heroism and bravery /
|Main Creator:||Foster, Anne-Marie, author.|
Based on a true story, the names of people and some events have been changed to protect individuals, but all historical events listed are factual. The story is written in Belfast dialect and set in the Catholic district of the Falls Road post World War II and tells how the stunningly attractive, feisty and fearless Isabelle McKitterick, meets champion Irish dancer Jack Kennedy. The attraction is instant and electric and they fall head over heels for each other. They are the vogue couple that turn heads everywhere they go and soon decide to spend the rest of their lives together despite objections from Isabelle's mother. However, their planned engagement is abruptly and unexpectedly stopped in its tracks and Jack leaves for Canada with the argument between them unresolved. The events that follow sees Isabelle marry a man she doesn't love and catapults her into a life of abuse and danger. With Isabelle turning 70 and on the path to dementia, Berny decides to find Jack Kennedy and clear her Mammy's name. In a remarkable turn of events Isabelle and Jack are reunited one more time and Jack finally gives her the diamond ring he has secretly kept for 50 years. This story honours Isabelle who has shown great courage, heroism and bravery in circumstances of extreme adversity. It is both a remarkable true love story spanning 50 years and several continents, as well as the author's family journey to survive an abusive father, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and their need to escape from the IRA during the night to start a new life in a new country.
Physical description: 336 pages ; 21 cm.
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