Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012

The Secret Scripture follows elderly mental patient Roseanne McNulty as she recounts the events that shaped her life during the Irish Civil War. At the start of the war, Roseanne is a beautiful young woman, full of curiosity and vivacity, who struggles with the inexorable forces of war, religion, gender imbalance and social upheaval. Though multiple tragedies befall Roseanne, her story is free of self-pity and blame.

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011

In this second book in The Father Tim series, Father Tim and Cynthia have traveled to a B & B in Ireland for some R & R and soon become involved with owner’s families and other guests. There is a bit of mystery with a break-in to Cynthia’s room and later a stolen painting. And there are various relationship issues going on.

Friday, Feb 4, 2011

Karon’s books may not be great literature but for a relaxing read it’s nice to know that at least one Christian author writes with a little style and substance. Call me a snob, but this author is the only such author I will read. This is the second book in her “Father Timothy” series, a sequel to her original bestselling “Mitford” series.

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011

Set in Ulster in the early 20th Century, this is the tale of the “Irish issue” from the perspective of the O’Neill family – Eileen in particular. Her father raised her to be a warrior, and she had to fight for her family, her homeland, her job and her love. During the many dark days she held onto her dream of reuniting her family in The Yellow House, her childhood home painted bright yellow by her father.

Faithful Place by Tana French

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Jane R.
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011

Frank Mackey and Rosie Daly were in love and planned to escape together to England. But Rosie didn’t show up for their rendezvous so Frank left home alone. Two decades later he returns to the Dublin neighborhood “Faithful Place” where he grew up and immediately becomes immersed in the family craziness and dysfunction he ran away from so long ago. Rosie’s suitcase has been found. Two murders are discovered and Frank must solve them.

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle

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John Mark E.
Friday, Feb 19, 2010

So many authors get childhood wrong that when an exception comes along it seems like nothing less than a miracle. Among them: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Irish novelist Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

In the Woods by Tana French

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Lora F.
Friday, Jan 22, 2010

This book, Tana French's debut novel, is a mystery set in a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. Most of the story takes place in the present, but there are important references to an event that happened in August 1984. That 1984 event happened to the book's main character, Adam "Rob" Ryan, who is now a detective partnered with Cassie Maddox.