- File Size: 2284 KB
- Print Length: 392 pages
- Publisher: Little Bear Books; 2 edition (January 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4MSB69
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dreaming About Daran (Whitsborough Bay Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Clare grew up in the very religious town of Ballykielty Ireland. Her parents, fanatical Catholics, were dastardly mean and put her through hell. Clare was disowned at the age of sixteen and went to live with her aunt, another religious maniac. In spite of her upbringing, she went to college and became a public relations guru. Her aunt's deathbed confession sheds a ton of light on her past, and as a result, she discovers the many hurtful lies and deceits her parents perpetrated. After seventeen years of living half a life, she is finally able to be part of a loving family and fall in love for the second time.
This is a well-written novel about courage and love, that twists and turns in all the right places. The author's use of Irish colloquialisms contributed to the authenticity of the characters. I experienced every emotion known to woman while reading this book, and I will never forget Clare's remarkable journey into the past. This is chic lit at its best. Don't pass on the opportunity to read this book.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Clare is such a likeable character she comes across as tough but has a hidden past that is pretty heartbreaking. I thought Ben was great and so supportive.
Just as in Getting Over Gary I thought the friendship between Elise and Clare was lovely. Along with Sarah the friendship between all three women was true to life and felt real. The characters had depth and were well written.
The flashbacks were a great addition to the story. I liked how information was revealed bit by bit. I got a quite emotional at times that's how much I was pulled into the story. The story moved at a brisk pace and I found I was half way through the book before I even realised. Its not as light as Getting Over Gary as there are some serious issues that are brought up but they are handled well.
I enjoyed Getting Over Gary but I think this book just jumps ahead of it. I loved both the story and characters.
Dreaming about Daran is emotional, engaging and is a lovely end to the Whitsborough Bay series!
Five stars from me!
Thank you to So Vain Books & Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
For years I'd dreamed of what I'd say to him if out paths crossed again. The scenes in my mind had ranged from a Harry Potter - and - Lord Voldemort - style standoff with fireworks and demons (ending with me striking him down, of course)...
Granny Irish. That's hilarious... I can't help picturing you with a blue rinse, brogues and a shopping trolley. A tartan one. Ooh, and a Yorkshire terrier tucked under your arm... Perhaps one of those plastic headscarf things and horn-rimmed specs dangling from a chain.
Just thought I'd let you know that the old git is dead. I'm going to the wake tomorrow and the funeral on Saturday, although I suspect my ma will throw me out of the wake and have Satan on hand to brandish a pitchfork at me if I turn up to the funeral.
Make a scene? Of course not! Oh, unless you'd call tap dancing on Da's coffin in my glittery pink stilettos making a scene.
We haven't reached the end of forever yet.
Sometimes the past is called the past because it's passed.
I fell into Ms. Redland's work when I stumbled onto her second book Getting Over Gary, and I continue to adore her skilled and adroit writing style, humor, and smart observations. Dreaming About Daran continues with many of the same characters I met in Gary, but the main focus has shifted to a character that I did not expect to empathize with, as she had been a rather frosty she-devil. Regardless, of her previous depiction, I was crazy about Clare and loved this book from beginning to end. The plot was full of unpredictable twists and turns, shocking revelations, hidden agendas, buried secrets and traumas, lies, and long-standing resentments. Ms. Redland has proven herself to be highly skilled and adept in tempering rather heavy subject matter and harrowing and sorrowful back stories with amusing and humorous observations and clever exchanges between her characters. She is wily and sly, and brilliantly gets her point across in an entertaining, insightful, relevant, and observant manner. The last quarter of the book was extremely exciting - I snorted, smirked, gasped, and squealed with glee while the surprises just kept unraveling. And - of course - there were all the new words and phrases I can add to my fun vocab list to now include minging, winding you up, feck, bolshy, stroppy, bollocks, and craic.