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WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILIN'
on February 14, 2016
THE YOUNG WAN
My sister has been wanting me to read this series and I am so glad that she was insistent. I have found a new author whose work I enjoy immensely -- Brendan O'Carroll.
This book precedes the other O'Carroll books, an introduction of sorts to Agnes Browne, a character I came to love and admire while reading THE YOUNG WAN. Now, I am happy that I will be able to read more about Agnes Browne in THE MAMMY, THE CHISELLERS, THE GRANNY, and SCRAPPER.
Agnes is a character to be reckoned with, a character to love, a character that almost jumps directly out of the book she is written about so well. O'Carroll has us meet Agnes' parents and grandparents, explains how her parents met, their lives together, and then Agnes being born and her life as well. The characters are so fleshed-out, the streets of Ireland are alive, the story line is steady and moves along well.
While some parts of the book were predictable and I knew where I was headed, the charm and honesty of this book erased all negative thoughts of knowing what was going to happen. Life in Ireland in the 1940's was not easy, but Agnes is the type of person who takes the bull by the horns and gets things done that need to be done. Agnes has a wonderful outlook on life and accepts what is handed to her daily. If she doesn't like what is happening, she takes charge. She is a true and loyal person, a hard worker, has a swift wit, is loving and caring.
I cannot wait to read the further adventures of Agnes in the following books. O'Carroll is a gifted writer who makes you care about his characters and makes it fun and exciting reading for all.
Check out these books. O'Carroll is a charming writer who knows how to pull people into a good story.