“Narvla’s Celtic New Year” is the story of an American step dancing champion who finds love, loss and adventure when she spends her senior year in Dublin after her mother is named U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Brenna Briggs, author of the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries calls “Narvla’s Celtic New Year” “an excellent read.” “The Turning Pages” calls “Narvla’s Celtic New Year” “a beautiful story, told in one of the most beautiful places.”
Narvla’s life is as precisely choreographed as the routines that have made her a national step-dancing champion. She has a loyal best friend, a devoted boyfriend, and a lock on admission to her dream college, the University of Notre Dame. Until her mother is named U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and her life unravels. First Narvla receives a disturbing picture of her boyfriend and her best friend. Then she struggles to qualify for the Irish elite step-dancing squad, and her grades plummet. But the biggest obstacle in Narvla’s new life is Dublin Boy, a cheeky musician with a disdain for academics and a distrust of Americans. Although Narvla is upset when she’s paired with Dublin Boy for the most important semester of her life, her real concern is the growing attraction she feels toward him. As the Celtic New Year unfolds, Narvla is pushed to abandon her lifelong need for control and embrace the charm of the unexpected.
Therese Gilardi is the author of the recently released YA novel “Narvla’s Celtic New Year” as well as numerous poems, essays, short stories and the novel “Matching Wits With Venus.” Therese lives in the hills above Los Angeles with her Irish Man, fluffy dogs and Viennese hare. Therese is obsessed with Irish pub music, the Paris metro and blue cameos.