Lucie is the middle child in a family that has been devastated by the death of her mother. Struggling to cope without Mum to guide them, Lucie, her brother Hugo, big sister Chloe and Dad are dealing with the emotional fallout of losing someone so close, as well as the practical realities of death - from clearing out a wardrobe to learning to cook. And, as if things weren't tough enough, Lucie is also trying to navigate the challenges of turning eleven: her first kiss is baffling, and her big sister's a total nightmare. How will she cope without Mum there to guide her? A heartbreaking story of love and loss, told through Lucie's own letters that are packed with emotion, humour and, ultimately, hope.
Marita is one of Ireland's bestselling novelists, writing both for children and adults. Her children's book UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE has sold more than 500,000 copies. Marita lives in the Stillorgan area of Dublin with her husband and four children.