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One of six children, Tara Moore was born in Kildare, Ireland, but spent her formative years moving around a number of army bases in the Middle East. The family returned when Tara was in her later teens. All the while Tara harboured a passion for writing, but she also harboured a passion for music, dancing and unsuitable boyfriends. Trading Dublin for London, Tara embarked upon a series of temporary jobs and even more temporary men. She recalls doing her own bit for the United Nations, with boyfriends from France (a singer), Spain (a bullfighter), Saudi (a minor royal prince who did a nice line in Tiffany's), and Algeria (a doctor in a famous rehab clinic, who needed rehab himself). She finally settled down with her first husband, a very charming, good looking Spanish-Moroccan with whom she had absolutely nothing in common except a fiery temperament. Nevertheless, that marriage produced two sons and a cat. It ended in 2000.
In 2005, Tara, together with her sons (and the cat) moved to the beautiful harbour town of Ramsgate, on the East Kent coast. Shortly after, she met the "real love of her life" Dr David Moore. They were married in Sorrento in April 2008.
Black Friday. The 'War on Christmas'. Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. From shopping malls to Fox News and Hollywood film, Christmas no longer solely celebrates the birth of Christ. Christmas: The Sacred to Santa considers the holiday in its global context, journeying from its historical origins to its modern incarnation as a global commercial event and stopping along the way to look at the controversies and traditions of the celebratory day. Delving into the long story of this unifying but also divisive holiday, Tara Moore describes the evolution of Christmas and the deep traditions that bind a culture to its version of it. She probes the debates that have long accompanied the season - from questions of the actual date of Christ's birth to frictions between the sacred and the secular - and discusses the characters associated with the holiday's celebration, including St Nicholas, the Magi, Scrooge and Krampus. She also explores how customs such as Christmas trees, feasting and gift-giving first emerged and became central facets of Christmas, while also examining how it has been portrayed in culture - from the literary works of Charles Dickens to the yearly bout of holiday films, television specials, traditional carols and pop tracks. Ultimately, Moore reveals, Christmas's longevity has depended on its ability to evolve. Packed with illustrations, Christmas is a fascinating look at the holiday we only think we know.
BLUE-EYED GIRL is a powerful, compelling family drama telling the story of a family torn apart by secrets. Anya Keating loves her job as PA to Macdara Fitzgerald, owner of the stunning Lismore estate and its string of racehorses. Macdara is an indulgent and generous employer and Anya has grown very fond of him. But when he rashly proposes marriage, their friendship - and her position - is threatened, and Anya is torn between her loyalty to Macdara and her feelings for his grandson, handsome horse trainer Fergal. Enter Orla Fitzgerald, Macdara's estranged granddaughter. Orla may have left Lismore a child, but she has returned a sophisticated and beautiful woman. So beautiful, in fact, that most of the men are in thrall to her - and Anya can only watch with growing apprehension as Orla works her magic on Fergal. But Orla may not be the blue-eyed girl people take her for. There are dark undercurrents that run beneath life on the estate. A tragedy lies in Orla's past, and she is determined to claim her birthright, no matter who stands in her way.
RSVP is a sumptuous family saga, packed with sex, love and betrayal.The Granville Midsummer Ball is always an affair to remember. The who's who of Irish society gather at Carrickcross House - the rural family estate - for a night of revelry. But this year's soiree is extra-special: matriarch Honoria is announcing her grandson Rossa's engagement to Ashling Morrison.Ashling has been swept off her feet. Tall, dark and handsome, Rossa's the perfect catch, but is he too good to be true? Why is Honoria so keen to make Ashling - stepdaughter of her life-long enemy Coppelia - part of the Granville clan? Can Rossa's brother Carrick hold on to his position as rightful heir? And will ruthless Coppelia have her way?With the promise of distinguished company, drinking, dancing and murder...who could possibly refuse this invitation? Repondez s'il vous plait.
Although people may not realize it, the modern Christmas book market carries on a Victorian legacy. An explosion of Christmas print matter reinvigorated and regularized the holiday during the mid-Victorian period, infusing Christmas with emotionally-charged expectations of reading. Tara Moore elucidates the evolution of Christmas publishing trends that dictated authors writing schedules and reflected gift-giving rituals. As Victorian shopping customs evolved, publishers satisfied consumers with a range of holiday print matter, including novels, ghost stories, periodicals, children s books, and poetry. Ultimately, Victorian Christmas in Print analyzes how the revitalized holiday and the flurry of texts supporting it contributed to English national identity.