Chapter One-A Novel By Jill Ocone

cropped-triskeleThe Past.

The Present.

The Future.

When all three combine to create life’s perfect storm, you can either run from it or learn from it.

Such is the case of 28-year-old Jersey Girl Kelly Lynch, the dynamic protagonist of my 75,200-word novel titled Chapter One-A Novel. Kelly’s authenticity as she struggles to find stability and purpose will undoubtedly connect to readers in the women’s fiction market.

From early on, Kelly’s failure to meet the expectations of her overbearing mother results in one reckless escape after another, including binge drinking, an aborted suicide attempt, and an impulsive marriage to a shiftless alcoholic.

Just as Kelly begins to reclaim her life, she is blindsided by a double-whammy of tragedy as both her husband and her best friend unexpectedly pass away within a month of each other. In the aftermath, Kelly puts her faith in the universe and follows the innumerable mysterious signs that collectively point to Dublin, Ireland.

Sparks ignite fires in her creativity and her heart in the Emerald Isle as ghosts from Kelly’s past and an unlikely inspiration combine forces to guide Kelly to her destiny. She returns home ready to pursue her passion, thus beginning her next Chapter One anew.

Kelly has the strength and depth of Colm Toibin’s A-Lish Lacey from Brooklyn, and her close friendship with the sassy, literature-loving Shannon Moran rivals the friendship of Tully and Kate in Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane.

Kelly’s inspirational journey of self-discovery as told through a fresh and captivating voice will resonate with readers long after they turn the last page.

The full manuscript or sample pages/chapters of Chapter One – A Novel are available upon request to literary agents and publishers through my email address, jillocone@gmail.com.