The First Time I Said Goodbye
Would you hold on tighter if you knew you were saying goodbye forever?
In 1959, factory girl Stella Hegarty finds herself falling unexpectedly for the charms of a handsome US marine based in Derry.
Caught up in a whirlwind of romance Stella finds herself planning a new life in America with her beloved Ray.
But when tragedy steps in, both their lives are thrown into turmoil and they come to realise they may have said their first, and last goodbye.
In 2010, Annabel Jackson, reeling from the loss of her beloved father, agrees to accompany her mother Stella back to Ireland to meet her family for the first time.
As the pair arrive in Derry - they both start to realise that some times you have to say goodbye to what you thought you always wanted in order to find what you have needed all along.
The First Time I Said Goodbye is the seventh novel from Claire Allan - who works as a reporter and columnist for the Derry Journal.