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A Wonderful Experience
June 16, 2016
I loved this book. Christy Nicholas depicts the magic of Ireland so well—the sense that time and reality are mutable, that the land itself is a presence.
In 1846, that land is in trouble, victimized by a cruel economic system compounding agricultural failure. There’s food in Ireland, but it’s being sold abroad. Farmers unable to pay their rent are sent to workhouses or allowed to starve (if they’re not beaten to death first).
Wealthy, young American Valentia McDowell knows nothing of these problems when she sets out to find a talisman long held by her mother’s family in Ireland. She can’t explain why her quest is important, but the lure of the ancient penannular brooch is strong.
A catastrophic ocean voyage brings loss. Health shattered, Valentia recovers at a spa, where she depends on the care of her servant, Maggie, and begins to shed her “proper” Victorian hauteur. It’s there, too, that she falls in love, makes her first connection with the Fair Folk, and meets the people who will become the family of her heart. By the time her quest continues, she’s well on her way toward her personal evolution.
Finding her relatives and the brooch isn’t easy. When she does, her transformation is complete. Valentia finally understands her destiny.
It’s hard to write about Legacy of Hunger without spoilers. So read the book. If you love Ireland, you’re in for a wonderful experience.