edited the summary of Light O' the Morning: The Story of an Irish Girl (Dodo Press) Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
Nora O'Shanaghan is a young lady on the brink of womanhood but still relishing the wild freedom given to her as a young girl. She is the daughter of Patrick and Ellen O'Shanaghan, owners of Castle O'Shanaghan in Ireland. While the residence is called a castle, Nora and her family live a rather austere lifestyle, with very meager furnishings and wild landscapes outdoors, which Nora loves. Unfortunately, Nora comes to find out that her parents are not necessarily living this minimalist lifestyle by choice, but in fact are very heavily in debt and in danger of losing their ancestoral estate. Nora then begins to devise little plans to help her family get out of their predicament. At the same time, she finds her life being threatened by a tenant who is living in one of the homes owned by her father. This doesn't seem to deter her though, and Nora's determinedness to save her family's home take her all over Ireland and England, calling on everyone she knows to help.