All her life, Boston-born Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of the Emerald Isle. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira is compelled to fulfill her dying wish–that she become the teacher in Ballymann, the beloved village in Donegal, Ireland, she’s heard so much about.
After an arduous voyage, Moira begins a challenging new job in an unfamiliar and 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 loved visiting Ireland, some place I would love to actually go. The Irish are full of superstitions and you wonder where the line is drawn between superstitions and God? This was something that Moira had to deal with in her new world. Many of her students and their families held to this beliefs but she had to keep reminding herself that God was in control
The author did a great job of keeping the reader guessing what the mystery was surrounding Moira’s arrival in Ireland. People were looking at her different. We do learn what might be behind this treatment early on but you know there has to be more to it and that kept me engaged.
Overall, an enjoyable read.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.