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Always and Forever: Katie The Rose of Tralee
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ISBN-13:  9781409272977

Katie Bowen and Ronan O’Hanlon were born in neighboring households in Glen Valley in 1968 in rural Tralee, Co. Kerry. They grew up together sharing a baptism ceremony in the small church and later they were reunited in secondary school. They were both farmers’ kids who were very naïve and innocent. They have always been childhood friends but it develops into a special friendship. They drift into a relationship. Ronan asked Katie to be his partner at his end of school ball in the 1980s but it goes terribly wrong. He gets drunk and does something dreadful.
Ronan spends six months making amends. He tries to win Katie back but it was made more difficult as she was now dating Alexander, Tralee’s most eligible bachelor. After a number of extraordinary acts like going on radio, Ronan serenades her at night and sang One Way or Another I’m Going To Getcha as well as her favorite songs, wrote love poetry and published a letter of apology in the local paper she decides he had suffered enough and dates him again.
They date for fourteen months and soon realize this was the real deal. They love each other and marriage was on the cards. They marry and have a three wedding day party and everything appears to be perfect for years but as they let the poor days pass fate blows them a cruel blow. Can anything good come of this and can their marriage survive this? Was marriage for ever? A bitter sweet tale of how life cannot be planned and love comes when we don’t expect it and in different forms and shapes.
Genre: Fiction, Supernatural Love

Annette Dunlea

Katie and Ronan were childhood sweethearts. Everybody said they made a lovely couple and were destined to be together forever. Katie planned for her debs for a whole year, her passing out parade to show Ronan and the world she was a woman. She planned everything with military precision and even arranged partners for their friends. A perfect venue was arranged The Tralee Manor Hotel and the Rockchics the no.1 band in the Irish charts was booked to entertain them for the night. Everything goes perfectly until Ronan gets drunk on poteen and pints of stout and was seduced by the class bad girl Emily Hoare. Ronan had committed a mortal sin he slept with her number one enemy and embarrassed her publicly. Katie was forced to do the midnight walk of shame in the pitch dark in all her finery with her high heels in her hands bare footed and man less to the taxi base to get a taxi home. She looked like Cinderella having a nervous breakdown with her face and nose red and swollen and with mascara and tears running down her face, looking like a red pumpkin. She vowed she will never be hurt again and if she loves again it will be under her conditions. ........................


Based in 1980s in rural Tralee, Co. Kerry in Ireland, this was a rustic tale of love. It begins in a naïve and very Catholic country town where there lived two families the O’Hanlon’s and the Bowens. These two families lived ten miles outside the town in the rural areacalled Glen Valley and between them they owned all that countryside over the Stoneybridge. The land was separated from the town of Tralee by a large manmade grey StoneyBridge. The O’Hanlon farmers owned 100 acres of the fertile agricultural land and on this farm lived Ronan and on the Bowen’s farm lived young Katie these were childhood sweethearts.
The Bowens had a more modest farm of ten acres of land. It could not support the family and the father Adam was forced to get a second job as a full-time mechanic in town. Although they grew up together and were always best friends they fell out for a while but true love found a way home but will destiny intervene? A bitter sweet tale of how life cannot be planned and love comes when we don’t expect it in all shapes and forms. Katie Bowen was an attractive girl at 16 with long brown curly hair and hazel brown eyes. Her full name was Katherine which was Greek for pure but she preferred to be called Katie. She had a slim figure and weighed 8 stone. She was petite and cute at 5 ft 6 inches. She was a live wire with an outgoing and bubbly personality. She had a variety of interests. She adored her animals, loved tennis, swimming, singing, dancing and adored the new rock and roll music. She was a modern feminist that oozed sexuality and confidence.

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