The Godforsaken Daughter

  • by Christina McKenna
  • Narrated by Sue Pitkin
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death Ruby - thirty-three, plump but comely - has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her prettier younger sisters, May and June.
But everything changes when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old case in the attic. Among its strange contents: a curious, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
As Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, she's enticed into a most beguiling world whose allure and magnetic power she finds irresistible.
Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter is going crazy, enlists the help of the kindly parish priest and then psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry appears imperturbable yet is inwardly reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the previous year.
As Ruby undergoes therapy, she meets local bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone. Through their shared loneliness and isolation the two find the courage to connect. But will Ruby's mother allow her daughter the happiness she so richly deserves?
The Godforsaken Daughter is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland's recent past. It's a glorious successor to McKenna's first two Tailorstown novels, The Misremembered Man and The Disenchanted Widow.


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Pitiful narrator

The story was interesting, informative and insightful. A good lesson in psychiatric medicine told in such a way a lay person could easily understand. The dialog was excellent, but the narrator was so irritatingly pitiful it was hard to follow the story. In the same sentence a character would go from sounding like a male to having a woman's voice before he/she got to the end of it. It was not only difficult but sometimes impossible to determine who was talking. And in trying to portray an Irish dialect almost every sentence ended in a high pitched interrogative form.
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- Gayvonne R. Flory


Where does The Godforsaken Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the top 80%. It was enjoyable and entertaining with a little magic, psychiatry and suspense thrown in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godforsaken Daughter?

Ruby dancing naked near the lake was certainly memorable by her family.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ruby finally standing up to her sister and letting her know that she too was the keeper of some nasty secrets.

If you could take any character from The Godforsaken Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ruby. First of all, she'd eat good with her healthy appetite - wouldn't pick at the dinner. Then I'd tell her to buck up and stand up for herself. She's only a doormat because she allows herself to be one.

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- J.C.D.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio