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Publisher's Note:

In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy's father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family--descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring. Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family's jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the "lies" the Claddagh Ring promises. Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the "other side" isn't quite as barbaric and uncultured as they'd been led to believe--and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner's fire. Travel to the Emerald Isle f…

The Lady of Galway Manor

by Jennifer Deibel

Overall Book Review:

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

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

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.

Mature Subjects:  

Racial and social inequality, political tension, death of a parent, gambling addiction

Drug/Alcohol Use:  

Characters consume alcohol in taverns.

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.