Vivienne Dockerty

Author of Historical Fiction

About My Book: A Distant Dream

What happened to Molly?


The third book in my trilogy is called A Distant Dream. This is the story of Maggie's three year old sister who didn't make the journey to England, instead she was snatched from her cot and taken to Australia ...

After recovering from her fever, Molly was left behind in the turfed cabin whilst her relatives set off to her mother's funeral in the nearby town of Ballina. 

The Filbeys, a childless couple who were tenant farmers also affected by the potato famine as the cottiers were, seized their chance to kidnap Molly, as then they would have someone to look after them in their old age. There were no care homes in those days so you can imagine their concern.

"This is a saga of dreams, tragedy and
unrequited love!"

It's set in times that we can only imagine in the early settler days of Australia. There are highs and lows in this chosen life of emigration, needing fortitude and endurance in mind, body and spirit.

I'd like to share a beautiful poem written by a good friend of mine called 'The Moment At Hand':

Last night I had a dream about dying
And although it caused sorrow and fear
I knew that my dream held a message
A reminder of things I hold dear.

So I lay in my bed and I wondered
How the years could so quickly have flown
Why the moment at hand we should cherish
It's the only thing we really own.

Our past just a gathering of memories
Our future is yet to unfold
But this moment is ours for the living
It's the most precious present we hold.

So live each victorious moment
Don't let worries and cares hold their sway
Count your blessings instead of your troubles
And thank God for the gift of today.

Denis Gavaghan

If you'd like to read any of my books, visit my Amazon author page. My books are available in both printed and Kindle format.

Until next time ...


More about Vivienne Dockerty ...

Since arriving back in the U.K I have enjoyed meeting lots of people at the Author Talks and book signing events that I have been invited to. It has been great connecting with my roots again and listening to other people's stories whilst I have been doing research for my next book.

A big thank you to all the readers who have posted Amazon reviews after they have finished one of my books.

More blog posts for you to enjoy ...

About My Book: Dreams Can Come True
The second book in my trilogy about Maggie ...

About My Book: A Woman Undefeated
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Long John Silver, I am not ...

Oh No! Where's The Puddycat Gone?
What should I tell the owners?

Common Courtesy: Where's It Gone?
Why is it so difficult to get in touch?

Friendships: Are You A Giver Or A Taker?
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Briseann Au Duchais Tri Schule An Chat
Why are we drawn to certain people?

Writing Your Own Story - Part Two
Lots and lots of research ...


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