Guard Your Heart

Aidan spiralled into grief after his mother died, making every mistake a teenager can possibly make. Now, he’s focused on finishing his exams, and determined to get a one-way ticket out of Derry. Not that he doesn’t love his city, but the wider world beckons – a world where it doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic, an Irish speaker or if your father carried a gun.

Iona grew up on the other side of Derry; she’s Protestant, British, and half of her family are in the P.S.N.I. Her background couldn’t be more different to Aidan’s. She is proud of her heritage, but also keen to forge her own path in the world.

When Aidan finds himself on the wrong side of town and becomes the victim of a sectarian attack, Iona records it and is determined to do the right thing, even at the cost of her own safety. Their paths cross and neither can ignore the instant connection they feel.

Guard Your Heart is a sensitively written love story that explores what it is to be born into the post-conflict generation who are too young to remember the Troubles, but who still carry the burden of trauma inherited from their parents. The author brings Derry and its people vividly to life and does not shy away from any of the issues encountered by people growing up in this part of the world today.

Book Cover - Guard Your Heart
Publication Date
April 2021