Deanna W. (Port Jefferson, NY)
The Disenchanted Widow
I read "The Misremembered Man", the author's previous Tailortown novel, and enjoyed it. In this new novel Bessie Lawless arrives in the sleepy Ulster village during "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland in 1981. In both novels we meet unique characters. They display the many faces of human nature. This is a multi-layered story written in the Irish "voice". A mystery is unraveled and the ending is both satisfying and rewarding.
Jill S. (Eagle, ID)
The disenchanted widow
Fleeing from an IRA enforcer, Bessie and her young son find themselves in a small town in Ireland-Tailorstown. The inhabitants of Tailorstown are revealed as the story progresses. But this is no sleepy village! McKenna takes readers on so many twists and turns, that you can't put the book down. The ending is suspenseful and thrilling. This is one book that I'll recommend to my book club.
Penny P. (Santa Barbara, CA)
I had some difficulty getting into this book. I was reading another book that I really liked so put this one down for a while. I had a rainy day with nothing to do so finally started reading this. Once I got past the accents, I did enjoy the book. I found the historical perspective of Ireland in the 80's interesting as well as many of the characters in the village. This book served to remind me that so often in life,we end up where never thought about being dealing with people we had no idea we would ever know. I may recommend this to my book club.
Mary B. (St Paul, MN)
The Disenchanted Widow
In the summer of 1981 a young widow is forced to flee Belfast with her son to start a new life. She finds herself in a small rural community with a mixture of interesting individuals, which she will have to interact with regardless of how she feels about them. The reader comes to know these characters as their stories are also unfolding as we read. The stories of these other characters become involved with her story, some of them being dangerous. The turbulence taking place in Belfast that summer reaches the small community. I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were unique. Her journey's twists and turns made for suspenseful reading.
Anna R. (Oak Ridge, TN)
This book has more twists and turns than a crooked country road. It is filled with wonderful characters; the town busy body, small boy who could have come out of a Charles Dickens novel, his beautiful mother, a priest with a secret and many more. They all are in a tiny Irish village where "everyone knows your name." There is a mystery thrown it too.
It is a page turner and I will recommend it to my book club.
Diana C. (Delray Beach, FL)
Lighthearted Irish Tale
I wasn't sure at first if I would be able to get interested in this book since this is not my genre but, as it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Spoken in the dialect of the Emerald Isle, this is really a story about happy endings and learning not to judge people by their outward appearances. Intermingled with the daily struggles and humorous experiences of the residents of sleepy Tailorstown, is a promise that lives can change in an instant.
Susan G. (Charlotte, NC)
A wee bit too long
Don't look here for a cozy story about a quaint Irish country town. Bessie Halstone is on the run from a terrifying IRA enforcer. With her son, Herkie, she becomes stranded in Tailorstown where she soon interacts with the inhabitants. Bessie's difficult life has left her hard-edged and un-likeable. I especially was put off by her harsh language with her child. The heavy Irish dialect was tiresome. The book was also much too long. I think it would have been much better told in about half the pages. Lorcan Strong was Bessie and the book's saving grace. The ending was thrilling and satisfying. I just wish it had come sooner.