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Patricia Scanlan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of literary fiction novels.

Born in Dublin, she still lives in her hometown where she worked as a librarian for nearly two decades.

Having begun writing stories as a side job, Scanlan has now authored more than twenty novels, short stories and anthologies.

Her books, which have been translated into a number of languages, have sold millions of copies across the globe.

Scanlan now teaches creative writing to girls around the age of secondary school.

More about Patricia Scanlan

Genre: Literary Fiction

Born: 1956


Non Series

  • Apartment 3B (1991)
  • Finishing Touches (1992)
  • Foreign Affairs (1994)
  • Promises, Promises (1997)
  • Mirror, Mirror (1997)
  • Two For Joy (2001)
  • Francesca's Party (2001)
  • Double Wedding (2004)
  • Divided Loyalties (2006)
  • Coming Home (2009)
  • With All My Love (2013)
  • Coming Home: for Christmas (2014)
  • A Time for Friends (2015)
  • Orange Blossom Days (2017)
  • The Liberation of Brigid Dunne (2020)


  1. Irish Girls are Back in Town (2005)
  2. Winter Blessings (2006)
  3. A Gift For You (2015)

City Girls Series

  1. City Girl (1992)
  2. City Woman (1999)
  3. City Lives (1999)

Forgive and Forget Series

  1. Forgive and Forget (2008)
  2. Happy Ever After (2009)
  3. Love and Marriage (2011)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Apartment 3B

The lavish and exorbitant Apartment 3B has been put on sale.

Although it is being sought after, only one buyer will get lucky.

Liz Lacey, the owner of the apartment, is an accomplished artist and lover of the jet-set lifestyle. She is on the verge of making some life-changing decisions.

This is an enchanting tale about Liz and the men and women who aspire to own her apartment.

There is the enlightened cosmopolitan Lainey Conroy; the travelling media personality, Hugh Cassidy; the kind, purposive Claire Moran who has crushed all misfortunes; the enterprising but kind-hearted Dominic Kent; and Cecily, Lainey’s sister-in-law, who’ll do whatever it takes to prevent Lainey from being the lucky buyer.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1991
ISBN: 978-1471141058
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Finishing Touches

As best friends in school, Cassie, Laura, and Aileen openly shared their hopes and secrets to each other.

Now all grown up and reunited, they share their aspirations.

As Cassie starts her interior design business, she will be forced to put the needs of her family ahead of her own, while Laura and Aileen continue to progress in their careers.

This is a fascinating and enchanting tale about schoolmates and soulmates, shared secrets and hopes, and how one youthful woman was bold enough to chase after an unlikely dream.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-1471141072
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Foreign Affairs

PAULA: Stunning, determined and accomplished, she’s a combination of beauty and brains. She seductively lures the attention of all men, all but the one that she really wants.

BRENDA: Not far away from forty, she is tired of being a housewife. She could use some thrill in her life.

RACHEL: Reserved and apprehensive, she is tired of her bigoted and overbearing father. Will she muster the courage to become her own woman?

JENNIFER: She is a great friend. Paula and Rachel share their worries with her, while her sister Brenda is jealous of Jennifer's amazing career and great marriage.

However, when disaster strikes, will the three women be there for Jennifer at her lowest point?

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1994
ISBN: 978-1471141195
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Promises, Promises

The Munroe women live in the tiny community of Glenree.

It is made up of the beautiful new in-law, Emma; the homely Miriam; and overly superior Sheila, who is left with no other option but to watch rumors of her daughter Ellen run rife.

Whoever said "love is blind" clearly had Ellen in mind.

Stubborn in every sense of the word, she leaves the rural Glenree for the bustling city where a disreputable man named Chris Wallace, steals her heart.

This is a story of passion, heartache, joy and sadness that will move anyone who has ever fallen in love with a good-for-nothing guy.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-0553812886
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Mirror, Mirror

Chris Wallace thinks that he is a deep and sophisticated man, whereas he is shallow and egocentric.

Suzy Wallace unleashes vengeance on her husband's lover, who was at one point her best friend.

Alexandra Johnston, gifted and irresistible, uses her deceitful ways to get what she wants, only to discover that having and wanting are two completely different things.

Ellen Munroe, who has a child with Chris, has finally found a good man after living a life of misery for the longest time, only for Chris to sweep her off her feet again.

Full of sweet vengeance, this is a tale of women determined to make some life-changing decisions.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-0553812893
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Two For Joy

Oliver Flynn’s lavish wedding is undoubtedly the event of the year, with Kilronan’s high society being in attendance.

Noreen, his bride, has ultimately outshone her two sisters who have bullied her for the longest time.

But would Oliver have married her if she hadn’t proposed?

Cora Flynn, Oliver's resentful mother, doesn’t attend the wedding.

She hates the fact that Noreen will now be the most important woman in Oliver’s life.

Wedding guest Lorna Morgan is desperate to leave Kilronan.

She is meant for the big city, unlike her conservative cousin, Heather Williams, whom she doesn't think highly of.

However, a lot can change in a year…

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0553813913
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Francesca's Party

Despite being the best wife and mother, Francesca Kirwan is left devastated after catching her husband, Mark, cheating on her with another woman.

With her guarded and routine life now turned on its head, and her future unclear, Francesca must decide whether to sink or swim.

Although she’s determined to start making her own choices, Francesca must first overcome her husband's enthusiastic young lover who always has her way; how her teenage sons will deal with the sudden family changes; Mark's unwillingness to accept his mistakes; and irresistible journalist Ralph Casson, who’s drawn to her.

The real adventure begins when Francesca throws a party.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-1471140402
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Double Wedding

Childhood friends Jessica and Carol are both engaged.

Concerned that her fiancé might have cold feet, Carol is determined to have a double wedding, something that greatly horrifies Jessica.

How on earth can she share the most memorable day of her life with the groaning Carol and her philanderer fiancé? Unlucky for her, Jessica doesn’t know how to say no.

Carol's parents, who are divorced and alienated, don’t want to attend the wedding, while her alcoholic younger sister, Nadine, isn’t wanted at the wedding.

Will Carol's family implode at the wedding? Will her fiancé go ahead with their wedding?

Will her friendship with Jessica live past a double wedding?

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0553814019
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Divided Loyalties

Shauna and Greg are at loggerheads. Shauna wants another baby while Greg doesn’t.

She also has to tolerate her annoying in-laws, Della, Eddie, and their terrible children.

Although Shauna is releaved that she is moving overseas, the distance is still not enough to stop the resolved Della.

Carrie, Shauna’s sister, is overwhelmed by the fact that she is the only one looking after their old father, despite the fact that she has other siblings. With bitterness and indignation gradually brewing, will she find the courage to fight for her opinion?

Given that the last Christmas reunion was nothing but chaos, how will this one turn out?

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1471141232
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Coming Home

Nothing seems to be working for Alison.

She not only loses her job during the financial crisis, but her rich lover is also playing away.

Determined to hold her dignity, Alison hides everything from her family.

Meanwhile, Olivia barely has any time to spare, as she struggles to balance between family, her career, Christmas preparations and a surprise party for their mom's seventieth birthday.

She is also envious and occasionally bitter about her sister Alison and her adventurous life in the Big Apple.

Nothing will ever be the same again after Christmas.

NB: This book is also known as Coming Home: For Christmas.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1471141119
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
With All My Love

Upon visiting her mother, Valerie, Briony McAllister is shocked to discover a letter from her absentee grandmother; one that unearths a terrible secret hidden by her mother for decades.

Briony was for the longest time convinced that her grandparents wanted nothing to do with her, only to discover that they actually did.

In fact, it was her mother’s scheming ways that thwarted her grandmother’s efforts to find her.

Troubled by her actions, Valerie learns that Briony’s fury and resentment could forever plague their relationship, extending their uneasy family history.

As the truth finally comes to light, so too does the sophisticated yet solid relationship that a mother and daughter share.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1476704517
Publisher: Atria Books
Coming Home: for Christmas

Nothing seems to be working for Alison.

She not only loses her job during the financial crisis, but her rich lover is also playing away.

Determined to hold her dignity, Alison hides everything from her family.

Meanwhile, Olivia barely has any time to spare, as she struggles to balance between family, her career, Christmas preparations and a surprise party for their mom's seventieth birthday.

She is also envious and occasionally bitter about her sister Alison and her adventurous life in the Big Apple.

Nothing will ever be the same again after Christmas.

NB: This book is also known as Coming Home.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1471141119
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
A Time for Friends

Although Hilary and Colette O’Mahony have been friends for as long as they can remember, their bond is tested when the unstoppable Jonathan Harpur swaggers his way into Hilary’s life and does business with her—something that displeases Colette.

Following their first meeting, it becomes apparent that Jonathan and Colette will never play nice.

With the two on opposing ends, Hilary finds herself caught right in the middle.

However, as time gradually goes by, and the two women are forced to deal with various challenges, it soon becomes clear that you can only be there for people who are there for you.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1476704531
Publisher: Atria Books
Orange Blossom Days

In a picturesque town in the South of Spain, Irish couple Anna and Austen MacDonald are looking forward to enjoying their retirement—only for unexpected family challenges to haunt their marriage.

Rattled by her husband’s affair, Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a spirited Texan mother of two young teenagers, moves to La Joya de Andalucía in search of peace.

Eduardo Sanchez, a Spanish native, won’t rest until he becomes the el presidente of the building's management committee. Pride is however never the way.

Jutta Sauer Perez, an enlightened German, wants to buy her own apartment in La Joya, only for something shocking to happen.

La Joya isn’t such a sanctuary after all…

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1501181030
Publisher: Atria Books
The Liberation of Brigid Dunne

Shocked after finding out that her lover and business partner is having an affair, Marie-Claire leaves Toronto for her native home of Ireland, with the hope that she’ll gain encouragement from friends and family.

She couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as it’s the retirement and eightieth birthday of her dearest great-aunt, Reverend Mother Brigid.

It’s an intergenerational reunion, with the reuniting of her mother Keelin and grandmother Imelda, who are everything but friendly to each other.

Things however take a turn for the worse when an envious and resentful Imelda makes a shocking confession.

Will the family be stronger or more divided after the reunion?

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1501181054
Publisher: Atria Books


Irish Girls are Back in Town

This book is a collection of short stories by celebrated bestselling Irish authors who have united to work together and raise money for a worthy cause.

The funny, moving and provocative tales are by: Patricia Scanlan, Julie Parsons, Deirdre Purcell, Sarah Webb, Cecilia Ahern, Morag Prunty, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Martina Devlin, Gemma O'Connor, Joan O'Neill, Annie Sparrow, Una Brankin, Aine Greaney, Suzanne Higgins, Tina Reilly, Catherine Foley, Claire Dowling and Rosaleen Linehan.

Proceeds from the sale of each book will be shared between Barnardo's children's charity and the St Vincent de Paul Society in Ireland.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1903650639
Publisher: Pocket Books
Winter Blessings

This book by Irish award-winning and bestselling author Patricia Scanlan, is a collection of thoughts and poems that will certainly warm your heart.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0755314515
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
A Gift For You

This is an anthology of short, amusing, and moving tales by bestselling author Patricia Scanlan.

Perfect for the Festive season, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and birthdays as well, these tales offer encouragement on how to face these difficult days meant to be spent with the most important people in our lives.

Magdalena is about to give birth to her first child, while her loved ones are in a different country. Will she receive a pleasant surprise this festive season?

Irene thinks fondly of her husband on Valentine's Day. Destiny however has other plans of reminding her of the passion they shared.

Sophie finally musters the bravery to confront a pretentious friend, while a grandmother is visited by her granddaughter.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1471150746
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

City Girls Series

City Girl

It’s Dublin in the late eighties.

An affectionate blonde, a reserved brown-eyed girl and a sexy redhead with an adventurous spirit: meet Devlin, Caroline and Maggie.

A solid friendship between the three is established while house sharing during their twenties.

They are also members of the prestigious and exclusive health centre for prominent women known as City Girl.

As time goes by, each of the women find themselves with their own fair share of love problems.

Nevertheless, despite the challenges they face, the friendship and chemistry they share will always be their sanctuary.

On the verge of making life-changing decisions, the friends will need each other now more than ever.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-0553409437
Publisher: Transworld Pub
City Woman

Devlin's determination has led to the success of City Girl. Although she has expansion in mind, Luke Reilly seems interested in more than just work. Devlin will soon be forced to make a life-changing decision.

Caroline is still learning to accept her husband’s confessions. Will she forge ahead on her own or turn to drugs and drinks like she always has?

Maggie’s marriage is on the edge, as she finds herself unable to pick between motherhood and her career.

Furthermore, she’s infuriated and discouraged by her husband's failure to support her.

Will she for once put herself first ahead of others?

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0553820355
Publisher: Transworld Pub
City Lives

Right when Devlin starts living the dream life, she is given a stern reminder that business and friendship simply don’t mix. Will she be tough where treachery and disloyalty are the norm?

The timid and needy Caroline is determined to make a life-changing decision, only for her plans to be thwarted by tragedy. However, when one opportunity is lost, another one is never far away.

A sad and lonely Maggie is forced to decide whether the needs of her children come before her own. Can she muster the strength to do what is right?

Three successful women are at the summit of their lives…but at what cost?

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-1471141157
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Forgive and Forget Series

Forgive and Forget

 “Can a first wife forgive and forget?”

Connie Adams has a tough decision to make.

The planning of her daughter's wedding has had its fair share of challenges.

Debbie insists that she doesn’t want her father, Barry, his beautiful second wife, Aimee, or her stepsister, Melissa, to come to the wedding.

Barry similarly insists that they’ll attend.

However, as Connie and Barry join hands to plan for their daughter’s big day, their feelings for each other are reignited.

Weddings with feuds between families always have a terrible ending.

And in this specific union, its consequences will forever change the fate of everyone involved.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1848270152
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Happy Ever After

 “The real work begins after the honeymoon.”

Newlywed Debbie is completely perplexed by her and Bryan's increasing debts. Nonetheless, Bryan is never going to forgo his extravagant life and become a stay-at-home husband.

Meanwhile, Barry, Debbie’s dad, has just discovered that his career-driven second wife, Aimee, is up the duff. He’s completely elated while she is terrified. Will this marriage work?

Elsewhere, Connie, Debbie's mom, is ready to begin a new chapter after meeting a lovely new guy.

But given the problems in her family, they need her now more than ever.

Will the needs of her family always come ahead of hers?

Or will she put herself first?

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1848270466
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Love and Marriage

With an “oops” baby almost here, a newly-wed daughter whose marriage is in turmoil, a teenager who refuses to eat and doesn't see anything wrong with that, and keeping secrets from each other, Barry and Aimee face a myriad of challenges.

When the love fades, first wives can be a piece of work.

Families in chaos, passion, disaster, and the incredible powers of love, this heart-warming novel by number one bestselling author Patricia Scanlan will come to a victorious end.

Author: Patricia Scanlan
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1848270718
Publisher: Transworld Pub