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It’s the summer of 1981. Newly widowed Bessie Halstone is fleeing Belfast with her young son, Herkie. She’s wrongly suspected of pocketing £10,000, the loot from a heist carried out by Packie, her late (and unmourned) husband. Bessie has plans. She longs to make a fresh start. But first she must reach the safety of her sister’s home, in County Sligo, to borrow money for the trip.
She doesn’t make it. Car trouble forces her to sojourn in Tailorstown, a sleepy rural community. Her plans are put on hold as she decides to lay low for a while. She’ll need cash. She finds work as a housekeeper for the handsome but mysterious parish priest.
In the meantime, Lorcan Strong, an artist and a native of Tailorstown, is summoned home. With reluctance, he returns to the place where he feels almost a stranger, a town he has long outgrown.
A chance meeting with young Herkie Halstone leads Lorcan into the world of the disenchanted Bessie - and into a grave danger that has pursued them both from Belfast.
The Disenchanted Widow is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland’s recent past. It’s a glorious successor to McKenna’s first "Tailorstown" novel, The Misremembered Man.
©2013 Christina McKenna (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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By Marily14 on 01-04-18

Ireland, out of Dublin and into the obscurity of a tiny town.

If you have to hide where do you go? Which side of people do you believe? How many twists and turns can one story make and still end because of a great coinsidense? Loved the story. It gave me a change from my "detective" story, but remained a mystery. The reader is very good, right down to the extremely annoying child's voice. Your in for a good time, have a listen!

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By James R. Wharton on 04-29-16

Too slow but plenty of humor

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Second book in the Tailorstown series. It is readable as a stand-alone book.

This book is about a widow and her ten year old son who must flee Belfast because her late husband had double-crossed an IRA enforcer. The story unfolds slowly but with a lot of humor. There were more coincidences in the story than I like and it was mainly the humor that kept me reading.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-05-17

voice of child

This is the first time I have read a talking book. I'm on holiday and find it hard reading in the this was a great way to relax. I love the story line and find the disciption of the place it is set in running though my mind. Although I was a bit taken back with the violence near the beginning as I don't like to read that sort of book. I find the main characters voice easy to believe but the child's voice annoying and almost stopped reading because of this.

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By Carôle on 10-06-16

Beautiful and Heartwarming!

This is an unexpectedly beautiful story real for those of us who remember the era and heartwarming for those of us who do not know how it is to live in that situation but glad to know that there is hope eventually.

I have not read the book to which this is the sequel, but if it is anything like this and I hope it is, I fully intend to read it soon. This is not my usual style of book and I am completely new to the author but both the narration and the story, were very well presented, so much so that I listened to it in one sitting!

It is a great book for a sunny, rainy, quiet afternoon. Whatever the weather, you will enjoy it!

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