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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Rainy Days & Tuesdays (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Feels Like Maybe (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jumping in Puddles (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's Got to be Perfect (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If Only You Knew (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Time I Said Goodbye (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Still You (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her Name Was Rose (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apple of My Eye (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forget Me Not (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Liar’s Daughter (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ask No Questions (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nurse (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Claire Allan is a literature and fiction writer born in Ireland. She has written over a dozen of standalone novels. Some of them include, Her Name was Rose, the Nurse, and The First Time I Said Goodbye, among others. Claire is blessed with a son and a daughter.

Her Name was Rose
Emily shares a lift with a stranger called Rose and Jack, her son, and after the door opens, Emily allows them to exit first. As they are almost near the road, Emily witnesses Rose get knocekd down by a fast car dying instantly. At first, Emily thinks that the car was planned to hit her and becomes desperate to learn about the accident

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Emily started taking anti-anxiety pills and a lot of alcohol. She has had a hard past and is now obsessed with watching Rosie’s happy life on her Facebook page and also attends her funeral. On the outside, she looks like someone who had a perfect marriage and life, but it’s obvious that everyone lets people see what they want to see by only sharing the happy moments.

Was the car meant to hit Emily or Rose? Who is the person behind the accident?
It’s easy for people to be jealous of you once they see your moments. Rose had a handsome and successful husband that adored and loved her and a bouncing baby boy. She also has a good job and friends who have her back, yet Emily has nothing. How can she get all that? Would it be a bad idea to take what Rose had now that she is not alive?

Rose’s husband is lonely, their baby is motherless, and her job position needs to be filled. Can Emily take up Rose’s place? She goes to the extent of applying for Rose’s job position and makes her friends her own.

Emily wants a new life, one in which she would feel loved and valued after being in an abusive relationship. When she witnesses an awful accident, she’s guilty, remembering that she prompted the victim to step out first. Was she the one who sent the woman to her death? She wonders how it would be if she woke up as Rose and took over her life and left the past in the past, after all, she has nothing important going on.

She wants to know everything about Rosie’s life since Rose seems to have had everything Emily ever desired. The obsession gets extreme, and she becomes more involved with Rose’s family and friends. She is unable to move on after watching the scene.

Soon she’ll learn that no one is perfect and not everything is what it appears to be. Did Rose have the life that Emily desired? The novel begins with the sad scene of Rosie’s death and it keeps the reader into it with lots of red herrings on the way to guessing the end.

Her name was Rose is an addictive psychological thriller filled with lots of twists and turns. It’s a story of a woman who wants more by admiring what someone else has. She is hiding a secret from her past, and it appears she isn’t the only one with a secret; however, someone else’s could be more dangerous. Looks can sometimes be deceiving. Will Emily find out the truth before it’s too late?

The First Time I Said Goodbye
In 1959 Stella Hegarty fell hard for a handsome US marine in Berry. She is caught up in the romance, which contradicts the love stories she sees in the movies. Stella starts planning to go to America to start a new life with her charming boyfriend, Ray.

However, when tragedy finds them, they are put into trials and realize that they may have said their first and last goodbye.

In 2010, Annabel Jackson was shocked after the loss of her father and agreed to go with her mother Stella to Ireland to meet her family, which she had only heard about in her mother’s stories. They leave a few weeks after the funeral, and Annabelle is happy to meet her mother’s family.

Learning about Stella’s history back in Derry would give both her and her daughter a chance to re-discover themselves. Shadowing the entire story is the death of Annabel’s father, and the emotional impact it has on her and her mother is explored.

Stella’s story of lost love is sad and emotional since she hoped to meet the man she was in love with at a young age. She hopes to talk to Ray, the love of her life, a man Annabelle only learns about during their journey to Ireland.

Annabelle being a daddy’s girl, can’t accept that her mother was so much in love with another man other than her late father. She can’t believe that one of the reasons her mother is returning to Ireland is to attend a 50th reunion of Ray’s marine company and hope to see Ray there.

She is so angry since her mother made her put her bakery and her boyfriend Craig on hold so that they could travel to see her family, whom she had never met. But after learning the truth about how her mother’s hardships, lost opportunities, and courage after her father’s death many years back, Annabelle decides to come to terms with her demons while supporting her mother to chase her lost dreams.

The First Time I Said Goodbye is a wonderful and beautiful story with some drama, emotional scenes, and laughter moments. Stella and Ray’s love story was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time.

The characters are well developed and fleshed out, making the story more interesting. The charming story will grab the reader’s attention from the beginning to the last page. The dual narrative allows the reader to explore Annabel’s return to full strength as she develops a strong friendship with Sam, her cousin.
Stella not only mourns her husband, but the man he never got the chance to marry too. It’s set in Ireland and America during the 1950s and 2010, talking about conflict of loss, family loyalty, and true love. It’s an incredible story with amazing characters that you’ll find hard to put down once you start.

The story switches from years back in war times in Derry to the present-day story of Annabelle. It’s an engaging and believable story of family, love, and the complications that come with them.

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