All of her life, Irish-American Moira Doherty has relished her mother's descriptions of Ireland. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira decides to fulfill her mother's wish that she become the teacher in Ballymann, her home village in Donegal, Ireland.
After an arduous voyage, Moira arrives to a new home and a new job in an ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira's mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she's journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends--and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced--as she seeks to navigate a life she'd never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.
I decided to read A Dance in Donegal because I was intrigued by the Irish setting and the time period of the 1920 civil war—a perfect situation for a gripping historical romance.
Although a little more on the slow side than I expected, Moira and Sean’s romance is sweet, while the story remains authentic to the culture of the Emerald Isle in its rhythm and language. The interspersion of Gaelic and the inclusion of a glossary was a bonus.
I would recommend this for fans of Liz Curtis Higgs or Wendy Wilson Spooner.
I'm giving away one paperback copy of this book as the first of
Three Spring Giveaways.
More info below the review.
Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed--and wake up the folks back home.
In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind.
I am a Huge Fan of WW2 Fiction and Non-Fiction.
And I've enjoyed every book I've read by Sarah Sundin in this genre. That's more than a dozen novels!
Just when I thought Sarah Sundin couldn’t get any better, then came When Twilight Breaks.
A time and place I’d never wish to visit without a guaranteed escape route. I daresay no one who lived through the time period would want to go back either. And yet, this history should never be forgotten. When Twilight Breaks takes us there with meticulous accuracy and intriguing dramatic style.
Evelyn Brand and Peter Lang were so relatable. I could not put their story down! When an author can take such a well-known timeline and historical facts reported to the nth degree and still invest me in the characters and their plight, then I call that a winner.
Full of plot twists and turns, a dangerous and intense setting, and the classic themes of hope, courage, and faith--When Twilight Breaks is a WW2 reader’s delight.
I am giving away one paperback copy of When Twilight Breaks.
The giveaway begins March 10, 2021 and ends March 18, 2021 at midnight EST.
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