Twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland during a sabbatical from her job in the LA record business. While there, she’s offered a job too good to turn down, so she stays.
Although Hailey works in Galway, she lives in the countryside of Connemara, a rural area famous for its Irish traditional music. When Hailey meets local musician, Liam Hennessey, a confusing relationship begins, which Hailey thinks is the result of differing cultures, for Liam is married to the music, and so unbalanced at the prospect of love, he won't come closer nor completely go away.
And so begins the dance of attraction that Hailey struggles to decipher. Thankfully, a handful of vibrant local friends come to her aid, and Hailey learns to love a land and its people, both with more charm than she ever imagined.
At first I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel. The title and the storyline didn’t seem to mesh, but as I read the story, I discovered that the title tied in poetically to the storyline. This dreamy Irish story has a theme discussing friendship and romance and discovering how to acknowledge and define the relationship so that both parties understand one another. It also discusses the idea of self-discovery as one figures out what to do in life. Readers will pause and reflect on their own relationships as they read this elegiac-filled novel. I would recommend this novel to lovers of contemporary Irish fiction.
Genre: music; European Literature; Ireland; romance; contemporary fiction
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Publication date: March 21, 2015
Number of pages: 222
A review copy of this book was provided by Loving the Book.
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