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Exit Unicorns


It is the Spring of 1968 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and James Kirkpatrick has just lost his father under suspicious circumstances, Casey Riordan is released from prison after five years and Pamela O’Flaherty has crossed an ocean and a lifetime of memories to find the man she fell in love with as a little girl. All three lives are on a collision course with each other against the backdrop of the burgeoning civil rights movement and a nation on the brink of revolution.

They come from disparate backgrounds- Jamie a wealthy industrialist whose life is like an imperfect but many faceted jewel- brilliant, flawed and with a glitter that is designed to distract the observer. Casey- a card carrying member of the Irish Republican Army, who must face the fact that five years away has left him a stranger, a misfit in his own neighbourhood where not everyone is sympathetic to a convicted rebel. Pamela- who has come to Ireland in search of a memory and a man who may not have existed in the first place.

Through it all runs the ribbon of a love story; love of country, the beginning love of two people unable to resist the pull of each another regardless of the cost to themselves and those around them and the selfless love of one man who no longer believes himself capable of such emotion.

Ultimately this is the story of Ireland herself, of how nation is bound to one’s identity, woven into the weft of all we become. And whether, finally, freedom and peace can walk down the same road, hand in hand.

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CINDY BRANDNER is the author of the EXIT UNICORNS series - EXIT UNICORNS, MERMAID IN A BOWL OF TEARS, FLIGHTS OF ANGELS (which was the recipient of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction) and IN THE COUNTRY OF SHADOWS - the Kindle Book Award winner for Best Literary Fiction. She is also the recipient of awards for her short fiction. Cindy lives in British Columbia with her husband, Patrick, and their menagerie of animals. She is currently hard at work on the fifth installment of the EXIT UNICORNS series.