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An interesting time travel story which depicts the history of certain families in Ireland just before the potato famine. A woman and her nephew are transported back, each fall in love, each must leave their love....
This audiobook combined one of my favorite narrators, a intriguing and a believable story (emotionally speaking). This was my first acquaintance with Jacqueline Sheehan and I'm eager to explore more of her work.
Susan Ericksen does a beautiful narration of the book. The pacing is excellent. I'm not Irish, but her accents worked for me. And I had an aural vision of each character distinct from others.
Days after completing the book, I'm still thinking about it--the sign of a good book, in my opinion. Yes, Ms. Sheehan uses the tool of time travel, but IMHOP it works. While the primary characters have a 'what the heck?' Moment about time travel, they eventually have to jump in and just live in the moment, even if that moment is apparently more than a hundred years ago. Clearly Ms. Sheehan did her historical research, but she uses her knowledge wisely, to move the story forward. I, like some other reviewers, was mislead by the book's 'cover' which implies more dog presence than there is. The cover is misleading, however, I was completely charmed by the book. In fact I think the cover does the book a disservice. The book is deep and juicy and really well written. The cover implies something much pretty light.
The ending is bitter sweet, as someone else mentioned, but at the same time completely satisfying.
This book made me feel like I found a new restaurant that looked like a little 'hole in the wall' and to my happy surprise, I had the best meal I've ever eaten.