Title: The Cross of Santiago
Author: Evie Gaughan
“One cross will bind two couples across four centuries.”
An ancient love story, locked in the heart of a sunken Armada ship, is destined to find its happy ending... even if it takes four hundred years.
Amanda Morrison does not believe in love or destiny, but when a long-lost aunt leaves her a mysterious golden cross in her will, her uneventful life in Galway City is turned upside down. The arrival of Xavier, a charismatic yachtsman in search of treasure and adventure, complicates life further, as their paths seem destined to cross. While Amanda tries to uncover the truth about her family’s past, a strange series of events ensues, involving drama on the high seas, hypnosis, scary sheep, Armada treasure and five-a-side football championships. Though, not all in that order. An intriguing tale of love, redemption and the power of a soul's promise.
An excerpt from the book is below:
“I am running, barefoot across the cobbles.”
“Where are you going?”
“To see Brother Thaddeus. I try to go there whenever I can, whenever father is
Chris was sitting on a wicker chair that had in a former life graced his parents’
conservatory. He was sitting to the side of the treatment bed, where Amanda lay
comfortably with her hands by her sides. He did not for one second take her trust for
granted. However, he did feel slightly apprehensive about the fact that he had no idea
what he was doing. He had read over and over the ground-breaking work of Dr. Brian
Weiss in ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’, and how he had struggled to understand what
was going on, despite being a trained psychiatrist. His own credentials left a lot to be
Still, there was one thing Chris knew for sure; simply because there is no
explanation for something, does not mean it cannot exist. They would just have to
explore together and as long as Amanda was happy to continue, he would be there for
her, just like he promised her brother Jay. Her soft voice broke his pensive silence.
“It’s summertime; the bog cotton is growing like little white stars on the hillside.”
“Where are you now Amanda?” he asked.
“Amanda? No, my name is Annora.”
Chris felt his skin prickled by a million goose bumps. He was terrified and
exhilarated all at once. ‘What is going on here?’ he wondered to himself. Even her
voice had changed, she was still whispering, but like a young girl. She seemed to be
more innocent and naïve.
“We’re in the garden behind the monastery. The cloisters protect the herbs and
keep the air still. I bring Brother Thaddeus fish from the market and he’s teaching me
to read. We speak only in English or Latin, he won’t talk to me as gaeilge; he says I
can learn enough of that at home.”
“And how did you meet Brother Thaddeus”, Chris asked in a conversational tone.
“I told you, I bring them the fish. The Brothers won’t come to the market.”
Chris’s voice grew softer and almost inaudible, while for Amanda, the sights and
sounds of the medieval city grew brighter and louder. Until……..
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Evie Gaughan is an Irish author based in Galway City, where she finds much of her inspiration. Influenced by writers such as Maeve Binchy and Diana Gabaldon, Evie has crafted her own unique writing style that is warm, engaging and full of humour. She has published several short stories, poems and feature articles and works as a freelance writer.
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