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A Skye Full of Stars: Book 2 of the Gannon Family Series Kindle Edition
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I loved the story of the journey to Scotland after finding out about a package left for Cheney and all the secrets and information she and Meara found out about their father. It was quite the story and after reading about it, one can almost understand why the man made the choices he did. It was just one more thing that brought all the Gannon ladies closer together.
Of course, then there is Keene. What can you say about Keene but oh, my goodness! Yes, that is all I can say without giving away too much about him. You'll just have to read about him for yourselves.
I'll just echo what I said in my review of Alabama Skye - this story is filled with strong women, lots of love, second chances and if you like any of those types of stories, this is the book for you. Check it out!
Since it has been a while since I read Book One I had to refresh my memory and become familiar with the characters again. I was gently reading along anticipating the reading of the letters from Ireland, when Stella brings in a huge surprise and throws you overboard. The story suddenly changes and draws you back in.
I look forward to reading more of the Gannon Family and her 4th book about Deities, etc.
down. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns at the same time I found my heart breaking during a couple of chapters. You can't help but feel
like you are right there with Meara, Cheney, and Jack traveling back to Skye, just as you are tromping through the swamp in Alabama. Great read
wonderful job Ms. Wing. Am anticipating a third in this series as we learn about the true meaning of family from your perspective.
Switching between these two storylines can be a little jarring in places – Noah and Keene’s picnic appears to come to a sudden end at the close of the chapter and then the storey moves somewhere else.
There is some superfluous detail, especially in the beginning. The reader does not need to know where Noah sourced her furniture for the salon, only that she is successful. Equally Cheney’s little anecdotes about the Scottish bridge add nothing to the storyline. In contrast, the Clydebank Blitz is woven into the narrative and is important as it relates directly to one of the characters.
As a character Cheney is distinguished by her strange way of talking. Travelling back to Scotland to retrieve her father’s possessions makes her backward looking and reflective. In contrast Noah has her salon, the potential of a new relationship and her father’s future well-being to consider. I like the fact that Stella as a character is so dysfunctional and breaks up the image of the happy blended family.
The novel is held together by the tension of the unknown rather than a source of conflict. We want to learn what Cheney’s dad left her and if Noah’s father will be all right.
Both father and daughter relationships are resolved at the end, leaving the door open for Noah to pursue a romantic relationship in the future.
The opening lines grab the reader's attention immediately and hook us right in, in this sequel to Alabama Skye. It's the story of the extended Gannon family. Where that book concentrated on the story of Cheney and Meara, here we see Noah's character developed and through her, delve deep into the complex world of mother-daughter relationships. This book is darker than the first, and it is this, that makes it an even stronger book.
The Scottish section with the historical references to the Glasgow/Clydebank regions, particularly how they suffered during the bombing of the second world war were thoroughly researched, with just the right balance of fact and story. For me, my favourite setting in the book is the Alabama sections, as the writing is so assured, that I assumed that JC was writing about an area she had grown up in, and had to come from the South.
JC Wing's strengths are her characterisations, her adept storytelling skills and her ability to create a fully-realised story world. The weaving together of the Noah and Cheney stories has been astutely crafted, with the two storylines brought together for the nail-biting dramatic finish. Without giving too much away, the ending evoked Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, for this reader.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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