Collective Obsessions Saga (writing as Deidre Dalton)

Book One: The Advent

Forbidden love and dark secrets haunt two Irish families hacking out a new life in 19th-century America. When Molly Larkin's father discovers her affair with lighthouse keeper Colm Sullivan, his reaction pitches her into madness. Yet the legacy forges a bond of blood that will endure for generations...


"The Advent" by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre DaltonThe Collective Obsessions Saga continues in 1866 when John Larkin emigrates from Ireland to America and settles his self-named township in Maine. John builds a wealthy empire and grand estate, becoming one of the richest merchants on the Eastern Seaboard.


Hiding behind the wealth and social position are quirky English servants, the effervescent family chef Claude Mondoux, John's paranoid-alcoholic wife Anne, their steadfast son Roderick and their mercurial daughter Mary Margaret, also affectionately known as Molly.


In The Advent, Molly falls in love with lighthouse keeper Colm Sullivan, which brings shame and tragedy upon her family. Although cloaked in secrecy and madness, the love affair establishes a connection between their families that will endure for generations.


The Advent is the first book in the Collective Obsessions Saga. The novel was previously published as Passion Forsaken by Club Lighthouse and Tyborne Hill.


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The Advent

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Book Details

  • Series: Collective Obsessions Saga, Book One
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-534880-76-4
  • E-Book ISBN: 978-1-310126-67-3
  • ASIN: B00I5UVNI0
  • BNID: 2940148113935
  • KOBO ID: 1230000214679
  • Released: February 1, 2014
  • Paperback edition released: June 26, 2016
  • Cover Art: Webs Divine

Press & Extras

Deidre Dalton

Deborah O'Toole writes using the pseudonym Deidre Dalton.

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