Jennifer Deibel tackles the difficult political situation between Ireland and England in The Lady of Galway Manor. The story is set in the 1920s in Ireland and is a historical novel with fictional characters. The book covers many classic themes such as misunderstandings leading to potential romances and so forth. Other topics such as racial and social inequality are more delicate and handled well by the author.
The story has many lovable and personable characters. The plight of those who have little financial means is heartbreaking and leads the reader to contemplate injustices in the world today. The story is enjoyable because it intertwines many of the cultural identities of the Irish people without making the book read like a documentary.
The plot is well crafted and while perhaps some of the points are a bit unbelievable, it is a story that answers many of the “what ifs” a person might propose. Readers will be swept away in the beauty that is Ireland and they will also be caught up in the story of Annabeth De Lacy and her family. The author penned an enjoyable story with some romance.
Review of an Advanced Reader Copy provided by the Publisher
Violence/Gore: Characters deliberately set fire to several occupied buildings; a character grabs another character by the arm; characters discuss deliberately causing harm to other people; an attack is made at a train station.
Sex/Nudity: Non-married characters kiss and embrace.
Racial and social inequality, political tension, death of a parent, gambling addiction
Characters consume alcohol in taverns.