• Publication date: 14 Jun 2018
• Publisher: Urbane Publications
• Language: English
I am really thrilled to be on the blog tour for this wonderful book that will be going on my list of outstanding books of the year!
My grandparents were Irish and I grew up in an area (Merseyside) where a large number of people were either Irish themselves or also had Irish blood and names. My sister lived in Ireland for fifteen years and we visited and holidayed there many times. To say I love Ireland would be putting it very mildly.
This lovely book appealed to me on many levels.
The Irish folklore and faerie legends aspects that I was very familiar with but also the story itself told from two different perspectives and a hundred years apart. I was very soon thoroughly enthralled and captivated by the story of both women and by the ethereal visions of mystic Ireland that the book invoked.
Sarah, an American, recovering from a hidden heartache and the break up with her husband arrives in Co Clare, Ireland by a twist of fate one Christmas Eve. Accommodation is quickly arranged for her by a hospitable Irishman – sure aren’t they all very hospitable people!
The accommodation is a charming cottage in Thornwood village and there’s an old country Manor House once owned by Anglo Irish gentry called Thornwood House. The house has a disturbing history of extreme misfortune that locals believe has associations with an old legend of not upsetting The Good People (faeries) and an old Hawthorn tree
‘‘twas said that misfortune would befall any man who so much as scarred the twisted bark. A seeress from the locality warned the Master not to touch it, saying that The Good People would have their revenge on anyone who tampered with their dwelling place’
Sarah, a city girl, reluctantly discovers her surroundings, the Irish countryside and soon starts to relish the peace and tranquility of the place. While out on a walk she discovers an old diary hidden in a tree and written in 1906 by a young local girl called Anna. Anna lives with her parents, her father, a down to earth farmer and her intelligent and literate mother.
When anthropologist Harold Griffin-Krauss, who is a serious student of international folklore arrives in the village Anna becomes his assistant in gathering up the stories of local people and their beliefs, experiences and sightings of The Good People.
Anna has a crush on the son of the present master of Thornwood House which eventually leads her on a dangerous path
Sarah is intrigued by the story and the legends as she reads the young girl’s diary but also by her own friendship with a local man.
As the story of both women unfolds in this novel, Sarah’s heartache is revealed and any reader will be completely hooked on Anne’s story as her fate becomes clear.
Evie Gaughan is a very talented artist and writer who has painted a captivating and mystical tale here in this book
All the stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Highly recommended
About The Author
Evie Gaughan is the bestselling author of The Heirloom and The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris.
Living on the West Coast of Ireland, which is not renowned for its sunny climate, Evie escapes from the inclement weather into a converted attic to write stories and dream about underfloor heating. Growing up in a walled medieval city, she developed her love of storytelling and all things historical. Her books tread the intriguing line between the everyday and the otherworldly – but always with an Irish woman’s wit. With a taste for the magical in everyday life, her stories are full of ordinary characters with extraordinary tales to tell.
When not writing, she also works as an artist, creating stories on canvas. Evie is currently working on her third novel, The Story Collector, which will be published by Urbane in 2018.
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