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Wise. Immersive. Heartfelt. Lush. Realistic.
These are the words that come to mind when I think about this novel. Claire Fullerton leads the reader through a story not only of love and finding oneself, but also of the feeling of being a foreigner in a strange and beautiful place. Ireland is brought to life in Fullerton's unhurried descriptions of Hailey's daily life and the locals in the rural area of Connemara. This is not a fast-paced or shockingly dramatic story by any means, but the fully realized sense of place and the brilliant characters nonetheless drew me in as a reader. Hailey is a bright and pensive young woman, and I was struck over and over again by the tidbits of truth she would stumble upon in her thoughts. I really related to her, how she would always over-analyze things in her relationship with Liam. I found myself thinking to her "Ugh yes, I totally know what you mean!" over and over like she was a good friend. I mean-- boyz man, they're complicated. By the end, I 1. felt like I had learned a few things about life from Hailey's wise narration and 2. I was pining to hop on a plane to Ireland.
And the accents! There's a whole new layer added in listening to the audio version-- Rebecca Hansen's treatment of the different accents from all the different characters was completely charming.
If you like to travel, if you like real-world relationships, and if you can relate to the beautiful bittersweet-feeling that one gets when looking at life through clear eyes, then take a listen. This one's for you.
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