Bonnie McKernan

About me

Bonnie McKernan is an author of historical fiction that usually (always) wraps around a love story. She was recently voted “Best Up & Coming Author” by Affaire de Coeur magazine, and her debut novel Cliff of the Ruin was awarded the Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality for literary merit.

Bonnie’s love of history started in her teenage years while working as a clerk at her grandfather’s auction house and later at her father’s appraisal company, where every week brought new fine art and antiques (European and Americana) to study and appreciate. Having lived in Africa and Europe, she garnered a unique appreciation of the heritage of other cultures as well. Ireland is one of her favorite places in the world and is the focus of her website’s blog.

She loves novels that not only entertain, but have the ability to convey themes of substance without being preachy. Among her favorite stories are Jane Eyre, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Woman in White, and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

From my website

Dunluce Castle

Brooding, intriguing, and romantic are some of the words used to describe Dunluce Castle along the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. Perched atop a rocky crag overlooking the North Atlantic, it is an iconic site known more for ghosts and folklore, than for its place in history as a stronghold…

Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey, located 12 miles south of Kilkenny, remains one of my favorite monastic ruins in all of Ireland. Built in the late 12th century, it flourished under the Cistercian religious order for centuries, until King Henry VIII ordered all monasteries dissolved in the mid 1500’s What is so unique…

Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway, located on the northeastern coast of Northern Ireland, falls into the landscape category of oddly beautiful. Comprised of an expanse of basalt hexagonal columns sprouting from the earth in stepped configurations leading into the sea, this geological wonder is the byproduct of many ancient volcanic events. And because…

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