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A book is not just the story, the plot lines, the descriptive passages. It also is the way in which it is presented. I am sure there are people who will find me nitpicking, but if the presentation is bad then it detracts from the story. For once I would like to find one of the Indie novels that is well-presented, where spelling has been checked and double checked, where words don't run into their neighbors, where sentenced end with full stops, etc. I'd like to read a book where I am not aware of the words on the page, just the story.
For me this was a change of pace novel. One to cleanse my reading palate. The only thing that bothered me somewhat was the way this Irish writer[?] wrote the dialogue for the Americans. Every now then she would lapse and use phrases that were not American, but the novel was so sweet that I forgot about these lapses. All in all a quaint and cozy novel.
So, did it fulfill my hopes? Maybe, a little. At first I thought the characters a bit too formulae, but as I got into it, I realized that was so true. The passengers were a really mixed bag of personalities; typical of our trips. I enjoyed seeing the interaction of the passengers with each other and Conor. He had the right amount of friendliness and concern, without "playing favorites" or getting too close to any of them. I really did want the book to continue to find out what happened with everyone, since they, obviously, all had a story to continue.
The itinerary itself was not too clear since they seemed to bounce around and not really "flow" from place to place, however it allowed the passengers to have their own stories within the main story.
One thing that I found confusing was the use of Irish names and words, which did add colour, but didn't have adequate pronunciation or definition. Some of the names were spelled in the Irish and then given the pronunciation, but not all. And going from the Irish spelling ie: Siobha'n to the pronunciation "Shove on" wasn't carried through the entire story. That caused me to get hung up on more than one occasion. I was familiar with some of the Irish words only because our tour guide in Ireland, told us what they meant.
Overall, it was a good story with a nice ending and if Conor had another trip in another book, or these characters had more adventures, I'd read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun and entertaining. I love the diversity of the characters and the author's writing style.Published 2 hours ago by kathy mcclintock
This was a fairly predictable, easy read book that took the reader through a tour of Ireland with the type of people who typically take these tours. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Calla Lilly
Every now and then you just need a story to read that is simply a story to be read. No deep philosophy, no brain-wrenching mysteries, just a story that you can get involved in and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Karin S. Dronenburg
This was an interesting read. The author successfully weaved the stories of several travelers on a one week bus tour of Ireland. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nora z
A tour of Ireland sounded good, to start. Jean Grainger instead toured the hearts and minds of travellers on a tour bus. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Abbie Thackrah
This is my sort of book, everyday people living their lives the best they know how. It is a story of personal exploration and transformation, of finding out where you belong in the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by jhobbs
Amusing tales of some very different characters. It held my interest until the end.Published 7 days ago by Robyn
I really wasn't sure about this book at first...but as it progressed I found myself drawn in by the characters and their stories. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Karla
I am often disappointed with books whose stories are placed in Ireland due to lousy plots, poor dialect, and cheesy stories. Read morePublished 8 days ago by P. Salvaggio
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