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Through Streets Broad and Narrow.

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The saga of Ivy Rose Murphy begins with Through Streets Broad and Narrow. The books are about Dublin the city I was born and grew up in. It’s not my Dublin though. It’s the Dublin of my parents.

Who knew all those hours of being told to sit there and shut up would reap rewards. Children were meant to be ‘seen and not heard’. Adults seemed to truly believe we couldn’t understand their spoken word.

Well, guess what. I understood every word said.

When I sat down to write these books I discovered I had a fount of background information available to me in all of those gossip sessions I was forced to sit through.

Ha’penny Chance follows Ivy and her friends around Dublin. She is determined to improve her lot in life – if only people would let her.

 

The Ha’penny Place is the third book in the series.

 

86 Responses to Through Streets Broad and Narrow.

  1. S. Evans says:

    Hello,

    I love irish fiction, and just discovered book 2 & 3 of the ivy series are available in audio. Any plans to release book 1 in audio?

    S. Evans

    • Gemma says:

      Goo Morning S. Evans

      As far as I am aware the first Ivy Rose Murphy is available in audio book.

      I’m afraid I can’t give you details because as a writer your books leave your hands when you write the words The End. After that it is in other peoples hands.

      Gemma

  2. This is a really charming story. Not a litarary book but well written and engaging. I got this book free through bookbub, but have bought the next two in the series. I would recommend it.

  3. linda says:

    hi-I too hope there is going to be a fifth book wth the ivy murphy series- loved it !!!

    • Gemma says:

      Hello Linda.

      So glad to know you enjoyed Ivy’s world.

      Gemma

    • Kathy Parks says:

      I wish you had more books about Ivy and Jem! I enjoyed those more than I have enjoyed any other books I have read !!And I have read quite a few!! Thank you Gemma. I love your books!!

    • Genevieve Maida says:

      Is there going to be a follow up book to Dare To Dream. It ended so abruptly without resolution to so many characters.

      • Gemma says:

        Hello Genevieve,

        The Percy Place series is just that – a series. I have so much more to tell. Sorry if you felt the book ended abruptly.

        There is so much more to tell.

        Hope that’s okay?

        Gemma

  4. I finished the Ivy Rose series (on my Kindle because that’s where I found them. On Amazon.) and I can’t find any more of your books here in America. I don’t know the titles of the next series. I see people writing about a Georgina and I don’t know who that is. Where can I get more of your books? Or find the titles of some you have written that I don’t know about. I’m lost.

    I can’t get interested in any of the other books I have. I guess I’ll have to wait and have a cuppa and settle down.

    • Gemma says:

      Hello Sybil,

      I’m so glad to know that you have enjoyed my books.

      Georgina appears in Impossible Dream the first in a new series. The second in the series is available for pre-order on Amazon.

      But do have a pot of tea. It does you a world of good.

      Gemma

    • Sharon says:

      I read somewhere here we can pre-order the 2nd book in the Impossible Dream……but i cannot find where to do that?
      Please advise?

      • Gemma says:

        Hi Sharon,

        The next book is Dare to Dream and is available for pre-order from Amazon.

        Gemma

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks Gemma….i found and pre-ordefed!

        • Gemma says:

          Good for you Sharon.

          Hope you enjoy.

          Gemma

          • Sharon says:

            Now ofcourse we all want to know if u r working on a third book in the impossibld dream series? U do do wonderfully ending one but leaving it open for a sequel!!
            We love your books!

          • Gemma says:

            Morning Sharon,

            My computers (and I do have several on the go) are collapsing all around me.

            I’m writing but it is frustrating having the actual computer having a nervous breakdown

            Gemma

  5. Pamela Damstra says:

    Dearest Gemma,

    You took me to The Lane and into the lives of your characters so vividly. Each of your character鈥檚 voices and personalities is unique – I see and hear them. You are a master at designing your characters and bringing them to life. I鈥檓 hoping that tales from The Lane will continue.

    Thank you!
    Pam

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Pamela,

      Thank you so much. I sometimes think the men in the little white coats should be coming for me!! I hear and see my characters as I’m writing about them. I even see them sometimes when I’m not writing.

      I’m glad you can see and hear them too…

      Gemma

  6. Carol Ryall says:

    I am of Irish ancestry and was blessed to be able to visit once, 30 years ago. Loved it and especially the people. I found the first Ivy Rose book last Monday and finished all of them and Impossible Dream last night. No housework was done and my bedtime was much later than usual. I just hated to put them down. But now, like every other Gemma Jackson fan, I am waiting very impatiently for all of your next books! Don’t know of any series I have enjoyed as much since Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Your characters, especially Ivy, Georgina and Bridget all seem like old friends noe and I miss them. Thank you for so much pleasure!

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Carol,

      I am so happy to hear you have enjoyed my books. What a thrill to be compared to Diana Gabaldon – I too have loved her books.

      I am working on the edits of my second book in the dreams series it should be in the shops in March or May I think – I don’t have exact dates. I suppose it depends on how fast I work.

      I’ll be out of touch for a while with my nose very much to the grindstone.

      Gemma

      • Wendy Pearce says:

        Oh, that is wonderful! I just finished “Impossible Dream”, and I frantically looked for the next installment! I will have to wait a bit. I, too, loved the Ivy Rose books. Like Carol, I visited Ireland nearly 30 years ago (for a semester). I enjoy books set in places that I can picture in my mind…. I am looking forward to your future work!

  7. Lill Boscolo says:

    Dear Gemma, I have just discovered you through Amazon kindle
    I read all the Ivy rose series. Could not put my kindle down
    Thank you . From me will be looking for your next publication
    Best wishes from Australia

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Lill from Ireland.

      Glad you enjoyed the books. Isn’t technology wonderful when you can read a book written in Ireland in Australia at the push of a button.

      Gemma

  8. Sue Elliott says:

    Just finished the Ivy Rose series and ‘Impossible Dream’. Just love your work and hope you are planning a follow up book to ‘Impossible Dream’? We are planning a trip to Ireland in July and after reading your books I am more excited for our trip.

    • Gemma says:

      Hello Sue,

      I’m sure you will enjoy your trip to Ireland. Hope the weather keeps fine for you. Bring a raincoat!

      When you’re in Dublin – look up. The history is in the bones of the old buildings. It’s all still there over the glass and tatt.

      Gemma

  9. Elaine Barnett says:

    Dear Gemma,

    I have read thousands of books and I鈥檝e rarely enjoyed anything as much as your books. I started out with Ivy Rose and inhaled them all in 3 days and then finished with your latest Impossible Dreams today. I don鈥檛 want to be finished!! Your writing is spectacular and intriguing and so compelling. Thank you for giving us this window of light into your heritage. It鈥檚 truly remarkable. I鈥檓 on pins and needles waiting for the next one. Patience is highly overrated! Thanks again. Elaine

    • Gemma says:

      Hello Elaine,

      I’m so glad you decided to take the time to let me know what you thought of my books. It does a writers heart good to hear from her readers.

      Gemma

  10. Moyra Wight says:

    Hello Gemma,

    I have now finished Ivy Rose books 1 and 2.

    I know Dublin, but only from the early 1960’s so had no earthly idea of life 40 years earlier for so many of Dubliners. I believe every word you wrote was more than probable.

    What great reads – the characters, the descriptions, the plots and lots of space too for using one’s own imagination.

    Before I even purchase the next two, I want to congratulate and applaud you.

    Also to say the books would make a fantastic TV Drama series.

    You MUST know someone who could make that happen and delight millions of viewers.

    Thank you so much for many hours of reading and as many more to come

    Moyra

    • Gemma says:

      Hello Moyra,

      Thanks so much for your comments. You are not the first to suggest my books would make a great TV series. But that I am afraid is in the lap of the God’s.

      The area The Lane that I write about is real. I was born there. I grew up listening to my parents tell tales tall and true about the life they left behind. It was fun to use some of their stories in my books.

      There is little written about the poor. We were too busy trying to exist to keep notes. Glad you are enjoying my work.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Gemma

  11. Dottie says:

    I’m old and I’m cheap, its rare I buy a book from Amazon Kindle, I just take the free ones…………………….I read your first book through streets broad and narrow for free…………………………….I just bought all the rest!!!! That should say it all!! So the Amazon says you have blue hair? I hope your not too old to keep writing!!!

    • Gemma says:

      Hi Dottie,

      Glad you were tempted to buy! It gives me a thrill to hear people are enjoying my books.

      As to the blue hair!! It’s purple. My favorite colour. How old is old? I have purple hair because instead of going grey as I got older my hair turned into a really depressing colour I call dead rat! So, for years I’ve been dying it purple. It puts a smile on my face every time I look in the mirror.
      Gemma

    • Sally Ellis says:

      Dottie, you speak my words! Gemma, your books are wonderful. Love your protagonists, settings, storylines.
      Cannot wait for the next Percy Place book!

  12. Debra says:

    I am currently reading the fourth book in your Ivy Rose series. I chose the books because I am visiting Dublin and other parts of Ireland For the first time in September!! Is there some place in Dublin that you would recommend to go to learn more about the people living in the tenements? My research has not turned up museums,etc.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your books and hate for the series to end.

    • Gemma says:

      Hi Debra,

      I’m so happy to hear that you have enjoyed my books. It is difficult finding information about the poor!
      There is a tenement museum called 14 Henrietta Street that gives a great experience of life in the tenements. I had the pleasure of taking part in a live action performance there. My first time! It was wonderful. The acting cast were very impressed with my knowledge!!!

      I highly recommend it. You will find them on twitter and FB. If you have exact dates they may be able to tell you if they have anything special on at that time but even without it is a great experience.

      Hope that helps.

      Gemma

  13. Annie says:

    Just finished Impossible Dream, cannot wait for the 2nd book and the rest of the series to come out. I loved the Ivy Rose series, thankfully I discovered it after all the books were published so I didn’t have to wait for the next one!

    • Gemma says:

      Hello Annie,

      I am so happy to hear you are enjoying my books. Isn’t it fun to discover a series where you can buy all of the series together. I do love that!

      Gemma

  14. LOIS J TELFORD says:

    will the impossible dream be a series?

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Lois,

      Yes it will, working on second in series as I write.

      Gemma

    • Sharon says:

      I loved all the ivy rose series….didn’t want it to end…they felt like family!
      The impossible dream was wonderful!! Now …..patiently?? waiting the next in that series.
      Do u have a mailing list and can we be notified when it comes out??

  15. Barbara Clarke says:

    Hi, Gemma from Barbara in New Mexico. I had read your first book “Through Streets Broad and Narrow” when we were hanging at Patrick’s house during Renee’s last visit to Ireland. I enjoyed it very much. I did not realize that you had written several more books which are beloved of many readers. Good for you, woman! I’ve just downloaded the 2nd book in the Ivy series and will start it this weekend.
    If you ever get back this way, let me know, and If I get back to Ireland, I will look you up. I hope your life is full of good surprises and lots of abundance.

    • Gemma says:

      Hello Barbara,

      How lovely to hear from you – the lady in the fairy queen house!

      Glad you like the books.

      Gemma

  16. Phyllis Grace Karr says:

    I just finished the Ivy Rose series and was disappointed that I had to say good-bye to these delightful characters. Lots of “unexpected” twists and turns and always something to look forward to in each book. A couple of questions I have, which may have been answered in the books and I just didn’t catch them: what was the animosity against Ivy from Father Leary all about and why did her mother leave for London Was Father slighted by Mrs. Murphy and he took that out on Ivy since she looked like her mother I assume she left Ivy with the drunken father because someone had to take care of him – is that it
    I was sad to finish the fourth book; it is a delightful series!
    Thanks for the peek into old Dublin!

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Phyllis,

      Thank you for commenting. It’s great to hear readers enjoy my books.

      To try to answer some of your questions – Since when does anyone need a reason to hate But in point of fact Father Leary hated Ivy and her mother both because they aroused sinful feelings in his less than pure chest!!

      The sin couldn’t be his so it had to be they who were sinful. When I’m writing books the characters and their back story is so real to me.

      Ivy’s mother Violet left all of her children because they were not from the same class as she. She was making a new life for herself. Ivy through lack of education was someone she preferred to forget. After all she made the decision to marry outside her class. She did not like to recognise her own mistakes.

      Hope that helps.

      Gemma

      • Sandy N says:

        While Violet chose to push her daughter to the background. She did stay in touch with all three of her sons, unbeknownst to Ivy.
        When they left home, each boy joined their mother in London. Only Shay regretted his actions.
        Ivy could never understand why the priest hated her, but all he did was pass his hate of Violet to Ivy when the mother was no longer available. The priest also had a crazy mother who in turn taught him to hate his sister. I am sure he was quite mad himself because of this.

  17. Joan Kaardal says:

    Fear Gemma
    I read your first book on my kindle and tried to find the others here in Canada but no luck.
    I was recently in England and obtained the next three. Great plane ride home (8 hours) thanks to you/
    I certainly am enjoying them. Thank you for entertaining me so well.

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Joan,

      I’m sorry my books are not yet available in Canada. Hopefully that will change sometime – fingers crossed.

      Glad to know you enjoyed them on your return flight to Canada. A good book helps pass the time on long flights.

      Gemma

  18. Ashleigh Tancrell says:

    Hi Gemma,

    Just finished your first book (Through Streets Broad and Narrow) and absolutely love Ivy Rose Murphy. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about her while in route to and from work on my daily bus commute. Hated to put it down. Can’t wait to read more and have just purchased the 2nd book in the series. Have to say that I envisioned Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady played by Audrey Hepburn. My favorite actress. Thank you.

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Ashleigh,

      I do enjoy a good read on bus journeys. I’m glad you found Ivy Rose and company enjoyable.

      As to your vision of Audrey Hepburn as your mental image of Ivy – why not – half the fun of a good read is your imagination of the scenes.

      Gemma

  19. Jan says:

    Hello Gemma, I absolutely adore Ivy Rose. I have now read all the books and I can’t wait for a new one. Thank you for giving her a child! I can’t wait to see how she and Jem enjoy being parents, and the wonderful little stories you will conjure up for us. If you could just write as fast as I read — we would be a perfect partnership! With all of your research do you know what type of tea Ivy is so fond of She consumes gallons and gallons, surely there must be a special one. Only you will know this little detail! Thanks again for sharing your incredible writing with me.

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Jan,

      Thank you for sharing your joy in Ivy’s world.

      As to the tea – at the time Ivy would have been drinking Lyons Green Label tea but unfortunately in recent times that tea has not kept up its standards. This from a tea addict such as myself. I do drink tea constantly. In china cups and I make it using loose leaf tea – it is one of my little treats to myself.

      Gemma

  20. Amanda Sutherland says:

    Hello Ms. Gemma,
    In the past month I read the Ivy Rose Murphy series and Impossible Dream, I absolutely love your books! I can’t wait for hopefully a sequel to Impossible Dream. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us.

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Amanda,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your joy in my books with me.

      Gemma

  21. Kimberly says:

    Dear Gemma, I can’t seem to put Through Streets Broad and Narrow down. I love historical romance, and love that you fight for the underdog. Looking forward to seeing who ends up where/what/how and why!
    Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Kimberly,

      Thank you so much for your kind remarks. I am glad you are enjoying Ivy’s world.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I love to hear from readers.

      Gemma

  22. Ian Samuels says:

    Hi Gemma

    I just finished reading “Through Streets Broad & Narrow”. I can’t remember enjoying a book so much. Not only does Ivy improve her lot in life, she also improves the lives of those that come in contact with her. I guess we need more Ivy’s in real life. I have just purchased the next 2 in the series & am looking forward to another good read.

    A tv series would be amazing.

    On my recommendation my daughter, who is a lyricist & playwright living in Brighton UK, read your book and asked me if I thought that books rights could be had in order that she might write the musical version of the book.
    So, I’m asking you if this possibility exists.

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Ian,

      Lovely to hear from you. I’m so glad you are enjoying Ivy’s world. I grew up listening to stories about The Lane and the people in it. It was an amazing community. I agree it would be lovely to think we could hold out the hand of help to our neighbours.

      I hope your daughter enjoys the books. As to rights, let me contact someone in power. As the lowly writer I assure you that’s not me.

      Gemma

  23. Tammy says:

    I am Irish and have always been drawn to stories of my ancestors… I have NEVER enjoyed a series like I enjoyed Ivy Rose. I am an avid reader and couldn’t take my eyes off the pages. You are a phenomenal storyteller and I am so very hooked on your books!

  24. Kristin says:

    I found the first Ivy book on Book Bub as a free download. Since I was going on a long plane flight I needed something in electronic form to read on the plane (I still prefer paper books, but use the Kindle for travel).. I was’t expecting much, but found I loved the book. The character development is superb, making the reader really care about the characters, and want to read quickly to find out what happens next. I purchased book 2 which i just finished, and am about to buy book 3.

    I agree with those that commented about a TV series. I think it would make a wonderful show, and I for one would definitely watch. I happened for Diana Gabadon, why not for Gemma Jackson

    Kristin

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Kristin,

      Isn’t it a treat to find a new author you enjoy I don’t think my books are quite up there with Jamie and friends (Diana Gabadon) but who knows One can dream.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Gemma

  25. Caroline Smith says:

    I love your Ivy Rose books! I can’t put them down. I was fortunate enough not to start reading them until they were all out. I find myself not doing other things because I have to see what’s what in the Lane. Please Please Please write more. I can’t say I have enjoyed a series of books as much as this in a long time. Keep writing and thank you for sharing.

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Caroline,

      Don’t you love when you can just read all the books in a series together I have to admit as a reader I hate waiting for the next in a series! But as a writer my fingers and publishers can only go so fast.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is much appreciated.

      Gemma

  26. donna m kociban says:

    Just got done with impossible dreams. Loved it as much as the ivy books. I get sad when your books end. I get so engrossed in your characters. Will there be a follow up to impossible,dreams and if so when It just seems there should be more to the story line. Such as what happens when Eugenie arrives, what becomes of the three maids, and most important what happens to Georgina. Please let there be another book.

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Donna,

      Yes indeed, Impossible Dreams is the first in my new series. I too like to see what happens to my characters. As to the publishing date – I don’t know yet I’m afraid. I’m still writing it!

      Thank you for taking the time to tell me you enjoyed my books.

      Gemma

    • Kati says:

      I have happily read and re-read the Ivy Rose series and also Impossible Dreams. I’ve even gotten some family and friends reading them. Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us. I look forward to even more.

      • Gemma says:

        Good Morning Kati,

        So glad you enjoyed my books – thanks for passing them on to others I need all the help I can get.

        Gemma

  27. Kate Sendegeya says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the Ivy Rose books. What characters! Will there be more

    My mom’s side of the family was largely Irish — I’m named for my great-grandmother, Catherine Clancy from Clonmel — and though my mom’s generation had “poshed” up a bit, all the colloquialisms were still there every day. And the constant tea!

    What a joy.

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Kate,

      I am so glad you enjoyed Ivy’s world. I have a new series out at the moment but I haven’t left Ivy – she won’t let me!

      I get some abuse for the constant tea! But it was the only social life a lot of people had! If you had matching cups and saucers and were able to serve good tea and a biscuit you were the talk of the town!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. It really does give this writer a great deal of pleasure to hear from readers.

      Gemma

  28. Carol says:

    I devoured all the books in no time (and I am not a fast reader). I now feel sad, and almost resentful that whatever book I am reading is not an Ivy book. These characters are wonderful, so well developed and your writing style is so easy to read. I have no doubt the writing process is long, but please, I implore you, bring us more Ivy as soon as possible!

    • Gemma says:

      Morning Carol,

      I am so glad you enjoyed Ivy’s world. It is a world I grew up hearing about. The characters are as real to me as family friends.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Gemma

  29. Gemma says:

    Good Morning Marlie,

    Thank you for your hard work in reading my books.

    There are audio books available. I don’t know where you live but I do know the audio books are available in librairies in Ireland.

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    Gemma

  30. Glenn says:

    I just want to encourage you to let the BBC and RTE ONE know that people would love to see several seasons of mini series based on your Ivy Rose books. I just read all four of them in ten days. You have real talent and if anyone disagrees there will be wigs on the green!

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Glenn,

      From your lips to God’s ears. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Ivy Rose striding around Dublin knocking sense into people!

      I’m glad you enjoyed my books and thanks for your comments.

      Gemma Jackson

    • Carol says:

      I would LOVE to see a television show about Ivy and crew, I live in the States but we do get many BBC shows. These books are pure gold.

      • Gemma says:

        Carol, from your lips to God’s ears. What a blast that would be for me. Can you imagine seeing Ivy knocking heads together on screen!

        Gemma

  31. Elsie Garner says:

    Good morning, Ms. Jackson. I was thrilled with Ha’penny Schemes, the third book in the Ivy Rose series. In fact, I sat up all night reading it. My question is….will there be another

  32. Linda says:

    I am really enjoying the series, Will there be a 5th book in the series If so, when is it scheduled to be released Thank you for writing g these books! Linda

  33. Kati says:

    Another book! (Ha’penny Schemes) Yay! Thank you!

  34. Brigid Webber says:

    Dear Gemma
    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed you first 3 books and I’m really looking forward to reading your latest one.
    Breda xx

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Breda,

      Thanks for your note. I hope you enjoy the 4th book.

      Gemma

    • Linda Fox says:

      I just finished Dare To Dream…OMG! Just LOVE your books….your characters….when will your next book be available

      • Gemma says:

        Hi Linda,

        Lovely to know you enjoyed my book.

        As to the next one. Give us a chance. I’m still writing it!

        Gemma

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