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This was a poignant read of the past and the present, a family saga which showed how life turned out for 2 families, where a decision taken in the past had ripples of effect in the future.
A father William saved the life of another man’s son and lost his life in the bargain. 30 years later, his wife Julia came back to the same beach where she met with the child saved, now a grown man, Tom.
My first book by author Penny Feeny, I loved the landscapes of the beach of Ireland, where the tag line that the past never dies ran true. The author’s descriptions had me imagining the beauty of the setting in my mind. Along with Julia, came her daughter Bel for some soul searching.
This was a long slow read where the past merged with the present. The story followed the lives of all the characters Julia nd her children Matt and Isobel, Matt and his family. Emotions clashed like the waves in the beach sometimes in anger or fear, and most times in love and forgiveness. The two families needed closure so that they could move ahead. The past seemed to have everyone in its grips. The author has foretold a story which brings all this to the forefront.
My niggles too came through, it was a long slow read with a rushed ending. I wanted a bit more emotions from the characters.
Overall, it was a good read where I enjoyed some parts more than the others. I loved the cover, especially.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Long ago, on a windswept Irish beach, a young father died saving the life of another man’s child.
Thirty years later, his widow, Julia, decides to return to this wild corner of Ireland to lay the past to rest. Her journey sparks others: her daughter Bel, an artist, joins her mother in Ireland, while son Matt and daughter-in-law Rachel, at home in Liverpool, embark on some soul-searching of their own.
As the threads of past and present intertwine, Julia’s family confront long-buried feelings of guilt, anger, fear and desire. Only then can they allow the crashing waves of the beach at Doonshean to bond them together once again.
Publication Date: 15th August 2019