This month, Bailieborough Reading Group will be reading December Bride by Sam Hanna Bell.
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Sarah Gomartin, the servant girl on Andrew Echlin's farm, bears a child to one of Andrew's sons. But which one? Her steadfast refusal over many years to 'bend and contrive things' by choosing one of the brothers reverberates through the puritan Ulster community to which she belongs, alienating clergy and neighbours, hastening her mother's death and casting a cold shadow on the lives of her children.