- 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: #803,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dreaming About Daran: Where do you go when it's your own past you're running from? (Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Book 3) Kindle Edition
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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.
And Claire has a story, and while I thought that she was often quick to dive into ‘poor pitiful me’ mode, particularly with her best friend Ben, she did surprise me more than once with the growth and development she showed. Albeit some was gained after much kicking and screaming, but the wounds from a rough childhood did often rise to the surface in childish behaviors.
But, Redland did keep me intrigued – despite it all, Claire is funny and does use her humor to fob off discomfort. What was better for the story and my enjoyment in Claire was her realization
that in her friends she has the support and acceptance that was so lacking at home. With plenty of twists and turns as she uncovers one after another secret buried nearly two decades earlier in a tiny village outside Cork, the ability to unravel her own fractured past while finding ways to settle and align her past and present as a fully functional being, with a new outlook on life that is far less cynical and jaded.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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.
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Clare is such a likeable character she comes across as tough but has a hidden past that is pretty heartbreaking.Read more