Howth is a place of outstanding beauty not far from Dublin’s city centre. It has scenic clifftop walks that overlook Lambay Island (also known as Ireland’s Eye). Florrie and Fitzgerald love to walk the clifftop loop in Howth, it is here they imagine their future together, before returning to Howth village for afternoon tea.
They also meet frequently in Bewley’s in Dublin’s Grafton Street where the mixture of clientele includes Trinity College students, ladies-who-lunch and local politicians and press. The irresistible aroma of coffee and cake are intoxicating and well known in Dublin at this time. Howth was first published in October 2019 to a great reception.
The Scottish Association of Writers commented: “An engrossing read and a fascinating story, told with heart. I enjoyed it very much and was so engaged with the characters and their situation.” Another reader wrote: “Howth! It’s not just romance, its social and political history, and depictions of earlier Dublin and Glasgow, – not to mention Florrie, a woman well–ahead of her time. What more could I have asked for?” Maura appeared on Celtic FM with a selection of music to accompany her novel, just before Lockdown. She also held a book launch in Millport Isle of Cumbrae and in Bearsden Library to celebrate Book Week Scotland.