Kate Kerrigan was born in Scotland to Irish parents and brought up in London. She began her career in journalism at the age of nineteen, rising to become editor of various publications before moving to Ireland in 1990 to become a full-time author. Living in the picturesque village of Killala on the west coast of Ireland, she has two sons, Leo and Tom, with husband Niall. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and Miracle of Grace. Ellis Island was a TV Book Club Summer Read and the story of Ellie Hogan was continued in City of Hope, published in 2012. Land of Dreams, the final part in this compelling trilogy, was published in 2013.