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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 1, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Q3KZKM
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It's interesting to consider two very twenty-first century characters (lawyer Anna and her troubled nephew Joseph) in 1840's Ireland, each simply trying to survive, one way or another. Anna wants nothing but to find her nephew; Joseph isn't so sure he wants to be found. Both find love among the people of the 1840's. Both have to remember not to mention things that we take for granted in the twenty-first century.
However, there are some flaws. Madigan, the Irish wolfhound, turns out to be important to the story but he does not seem to be present as much as the sweet photo on the cover would imply. Also, the supposed "nineteeth century Irish" language ("lad," "lass", "bairn") impresses me more as Scot than Irish. There are differences, and I would've liked to see something in the back matter that indicated that the author had done her linguistic homework.
This is an enjoyable book, but I think it could have been even better.
The ending is both the best and the worst part of the book. Some action happens, but a lot of it is 'off-stage'. Without giving away too many spoilers, it is also very predictable. All of it is completely rushed and could have been fleshed out for another 50 pages or so to leave us with a really lasting impression of having gone on an incredible journey. As it was it left me wondering why I had stuck with the book for nearly 400 pages.
One other issue is the genre. What on earth is it? It is from Avon and has elements of romance, paranormal romance elements, and historical fiction material, plus women's novels, all thrown in, complete with gory details about endless miscarriages. I wish the book had been more uplifting, perhaps more romantic? Because of the mish-mash of genres, it does not really satisfy on any level. Add to that the very non-fiction-looking modern cover, and I got a confusing book that I am glad I read, but wished had been a lot better, especially the conclusion, and less stereotypical in relation to Ireland and the Irish.
The book reads very much as therapy for the author, and it does not seem like the author really knows much about the subject she is trying to portray, as points in the book do not even make sense- in an area where accents are common,change from town to town, and people pay attention to them, the characters probably would not believe Joseph's tale that he is from Canada and Anna from America because they would have the same accent.
I would skip this book unless there is nothing else around.
P.S. If you are thinking about reading it because of the role the dogs seem to play from the book description, you will be disappointed, the dogs are hardly present until the very, very end.
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