Friday, April 29, 2022



"They did not mean to hurt the boy, much less kill him. They only wanted to teach him a lesson."

A stunning family saga set in Ireland and Italy, Lucina's Letters is a gripping character study that explores the deep, dark repercussions of one long-ago deed.

Family has always been of the utmost importance to Lucina, but when she learns the truth about an event that almost ripped the family apart, she sets about mending the familial bond even if her efforts are from beyond the grave.

One well-timed letter allows her to bring the family together and drag not just one secret but many into the light.

But what will the consequences be; will the now-grown-up girls come to terms with their actions on that fateful day and subsequently their own struggles in life? Were the messenger's intentions just honourable and will the truth set them free and restore the family unit once again?

Book Details 

Title: Lucina’s Letters

Author: Barbara Francesca Murphy

Genre: contemporary fiction / literary fiction 

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers (March 31, 2022)

Print length: 224 pages




A few of your favorite things: nature in any shape or form.
Things you need to throw out: probably some clothes (I own way too many).
Things you need in order to write: peace and quiet.
Things that hamper your writing: lack of time.
Things you love about writing: seeing the plot developing and characters coming to life.
Things you hate about writing: anything to do with computer knowledge .
Easiest thing about being a writer: being able to write whenever and wherever you want.
Hardest thing about being a writer: being one small fish in a sea of other bigger fish, interruptions.
Things you love about where you live: the quietness.
Things that make you want to move: the weather.
Things you never want to run out of: books to read, ideas.
Things you wish you had never bought: probably some spur of the moment clothes purchases.
Words that describe you: creative, spontaneous, fun-loving.
Words that describe you, but you wish they didn't: irritable, stubborn.
Favorite foods: ginger, tomatoes.
Things that make you want to throw up: nothing.
Favorite beverage: red wine.
Something that gives you a pickle face: trash in nature.
Favorite smell: coffee, vanilla, freshly baked bread.
Something that makes you hold your nose: grease, fried foods.
Something you are really good at: changing plans, organizing stuff, making decisions.
Something you are really bad at: keeping money in my pockets.
Something you like to do: travel more, own my own boat.
Something you wish you had never done: nothing, as I believe everything you do you do for a reason, even if you don't understand it at the time.
Last best thing you ate: strawberries.
Last thing you regret eating: chocolate.
Things you'd walk a mile for: jewelry.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: bad smells.
Things to say to an author: I loved the plot, I liked this character.
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: any "good advice" from someone who isn't an author themselves and have no idea what it is like to actually write a book.
Favorite things to do: traveling, spending time with friends and family time, reading, walking.
Things you'd run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: anything technical.
Things that make you happy: nature, family, the sea.
Things that drive you crazy: rude people.
Proudest moment: more than one: seeing my family grow, publishing my books, getting my own place.
Most embarrassing moment: after playing a prank on someone, having to sing a song in front of a jam-packed local pub, neither knowing the words to the song nor being able to sing. I wanted to move house afterwards.
Most daring thing you have ever done: moved to a different country not knowing anyone at age 16, jumping out of a plane, going on a jet ski ride with my teenage son.
Something you chickened out from doing: bungee jumping.
The last thing you did for the first time: scuba diving, taught by my son.
Something you'd never do again: riding a snow mobile on an Icelandic glacier and getting lost.


Barbara Francesca Murphy was born in Austria in the 70s. She started writing at an early age, some of her short stories were published in local magazines. As a child and teenager she travelled extensively, getting a taste and knowledge for foreign cultures, fuelling her imagination. She graduated from high school in America and went on to study tourism and management shortly after completing her college course. She settled in Ireland, where she has been living ever since. Lucina's Letters is her second published book. Her first one, Second Chances, was published in 2019.

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