Tag Archives: Ireland

“The Boatman’s Wife” by Noëlle Harrison – Book Review

Secrets. We all have them, yet some are more consequential than others. When young Lily Fitzgerald is widowed at the tender age of twenty-four, she discovers that her beloved husband has been harboring a serious secret indeed. 2017 – Lily … Continue reading

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“Season of Second Chances” by Aimee Alexander – Book Review

Grace Sullivan left her small Irish village to go to university in Dublin. She wanted to follow in her beloved father’s footsteps and become a doctor. While in the big city she met and fell in love with Simon Willoughby, … Continue reading

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“After the Rising” by Orna Ross – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Twenty years ago, Jo Devereux fled Mucknamore, the small Irish village where she grew up, driven away by buried secrets and hatreds. Now she is back and needs to uncover the truth of what really happened between her family and their … Continue reading

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“The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

An intense and grim story about three days in a Dublin maternity ward during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. Influenza derives from the Latin word influentia, meaning “influence of the stars. The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people … Continue reading

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“Treacherous Strand” by Andrea Carter – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

This mystery, the second in a series set in Inishowen, is a well written mystery with likeable characters.  The protagonist is Ben O’Keeffe a country solicitor.  Her law practice is the most northerly solicitor’s office in Ireland. ‘Ben’ is short … Continue reading

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“Life Sentences” by Billy O’Callahan – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

1920 – The first story we read is that of Jer (Jerimiah). A man who, born in dire poverty in an Irish workhouse, has gone on to fight in the trenches of WWI and raise a family of six children … Continue reading

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“Big Girl, Small Town” by Michelle Gallen – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Majella lives a routine-filled, rather bleak existence in a small town in Northern Ireland. She is twenty-seven years old and lives with her mother who is a depressed, and depressing alcoholic. Majella’s Mother is not a widow, but she doesn’t … Continue reading

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♣ ♣ March is ‘Reading Ireland Month’! ♣ ♣ #ReadingIrelandMonth21 #IrishFiction #begorrathon21

For the past several years now, Cathy, over at 746books.com has hosted Reading Ireland Month to promote Irish literature and authors. As I enjoy novels with Irish settings, I am only too keen to participate each year. If you do … Continue reading

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“The Silent House” by Laura Elliot – Book Review

“Imagination is gifted to the young. How can we blame then when adults turn it into a tinderbox?” Sophy Kingston is the mother of two daughters. Her marriage just broke up due to her husband’s gambling addiction. They have had … Continue reading

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“Little Cruelties” by Liz Nugent – Book Review

William Drumm – the eldest brother is disdainful of his siblings. He has always been his mother’s favorite (in as much as she has a favourite…) William always felt entitled and he was a womanizer and film producer. He marries … Continue reading

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“Snow” by John Banville – Book Review

“Who could know all that goes on in an old house late at night?” Father Tom, a parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family home of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. The Catholic Church rules Ireland … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “The Stolen Child” by Lisa Carey – Book Review

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back … Continue reading

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“The Island Child” by Molly Aitken – Book Review

“So many lies are built out of a wish to shield the ones we love from the horror of the truth.” “Boys were all free while girls were tied to the hearth and kept sleepy inside like gentle calves in … Continue reading

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♣ Crime Fiction set in Ireland ♣ #BingeReadSeries #crimefiction #bookseries

It’s almost the end of March, and as my small way of celebrating everything Irish I thought I’d highlight 20 crime series set in Ireland.  I normally participate in “Reading Ireland Month“, but this year, due to being away for … Continue reading

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“The Boatman: and other stories” by Billy O’Callaghan – Book Review

“Everyone has to decide for themselves what happiness looks like.” Twelve outstanding and often poignant stories from one of Ireland’s master storytellers. The stories cover a wide range of topics, but many deal with tragic situations, regret, death, and loss. … Continue reading

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