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I have to say, however, that I felt the book to be a bit disjointed. While I understand and appreciate that the beginning half of the story gave background and understanding of the many challenges that Marianne faced, it felt like there were two different stories contained in one book. There were many characters introduced in the first half of the book. Unfortunately, we really didn't get enough information about them (except Paul and George) to care about them--even Jack, her boss, with whom it is inferred that she was close. I needed a bit more emotional connection to some, while I felt others were just extraneous.
The Irish villagers were much more "fleshed out" and felt more vivid in my mind. A particular scene on a boat almost had me in tears as I had come to like the character tremendously.
I was a bit ambivalent about Ryan. He started out well, but, at time, seemed rather weak and indecisive. It almost made me wonder if he was good enough for Marianne. Fortunately, she didn't seem to feel that way.
In the end, I considered it a good debut and an enjoyable read. The ending was a bit quick, with a few unresolved questions. But, that's not unusual when a second book is planned. And, being a sucker for those Irish characters, I'll probably be getting the next book.
The transition in diction from Received English to West Country Irish seems accurate, to my untutored ear at least, since I have not the Gaelic and my only words of it seem to be but one, "Sláinte", and that sometimes unsteadily, so the distinctive Irish culture adds yet another dimension to an already multifaceted novel.
I highly recommend it.
The Irish flavour to the story was not overpowering as some of this kind can be, and the story was sensitive, exciting, interesting and well put together.
I am now eagerly awaiting the release of the next part of this story.
It's at the awards she meets dependable George Brownlow MP. With a twist, destiny plunges Marianne through a series of cruel disasters and it's not until she decides to take a break and escape to the Island of Innishmahon off of the Irish coast, that she begins to mend her emotional wounds. The people of the island are so welcoming; Padar and Oonagh Quinn who run the pub, Miss MacReady the postmistress and Father Gregory.
Marianne finds another person on the island is also there to find himself and escape from life. Ryan O'Gorman, TV star, once saved Marianne's life, now he's here saving more lives when a storm hits and families need rescuing. He doesn't want to be remembered as a hero he wants to be a writer, but life in the fast lane pulls him away from the island and Marianne.
Stormy times lay ahead for more than one character, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series to see how obstacles are overcome, relationships smoothed and families are re-united. I really enjoyed Marianne's journey and easily fell in love with the people and the island of Innishmahon.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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