Marge V. (Merriam, KS)
I Hope There Won't Be a Next Time
I found this book to have been very difficult to get into. Once I DID get into it, I found the changes in characters and in time periods disconcerting. The Irish folks' speeches were confusing now, weren't they? (:)) I found the Americans fathers to be awful men and the Irish relatives to be just as bad because they wouldn't share vital information to the 2 main American characters (and, therefore, to us the readers) in the different time periods. It was a very hard read for me. I didn't hate the book, it COULD have been a better one than it was.
Nikki M. (Fort Wayne, IN)
Good first novel
This was a good book. Not great, but good. It got a little bogged down in places, but was overall an enjoyable read. I do agree with another reviewer that phonetic spellings following the Gaelic words and names would be helpful. I get frustrated trying to "pronounce" the words in my head (incorrectly, I'm sure!) and it distracts me from the story.
Lisa B. (Denton, TX)
The Troubles and Reincarnation
I really wanted to love this book and liked the reincarnation idea as I really enjoyed that angle in books like Ferney, by James Long. The Irish setting was interesting and I found I got a bit of an insider's view on Ireland. However, I found that I didn't connect well with the characters and didn't care what happened to them and ended up skimming the final third of the book.
I also liked the idea of the chapters telling the story from the viewpoints of the two reincarnations of Mickaleen, but found it unbelievable that the Uncle would have written out entire conversations in Irish dialect in his journal. The theories on reincarnation and how organized religion carried hints to the truth of reincarnation was thought provoking, and left me pondering some ideas that will stick with me for a while. On the other hand, I felt like the reincarnation bits began to seem a bit like a long winded lecture and were a little heavy handed.
I think this could have been a much better book if the author would have gone further back in Ireland's history to explain the original source of the "troubles" and made the other parts shorter and less repetitious.
Ruth O. (Downingtown, PA)
Fantasy and Reincarnation Elements
This book began with an interesting premise, with a young man receiving his late uncle’s diary for his 21st birthday—and the young man (Sean Michael) did not even know the uncle had ever existed! The rest of the book details Sean’s search for his uncle’s history. The chapters switched back and forth between viewpoints, and the dual heroes had reversed names (Michael Sean and Sean Michael) so it was difficult to keep track of the narrator at times. Midway through the book the story devolved into fantasy and reincarnation elements, neither of which particularly are of interest to me, and I generally don’t read books with these plot characteristics. Overall I had to force myself to finish it, although I would recommend it to a reader who likes plots with fantasy and reincarnation.
Erin S. (Springville, UT)
Interesting Concept that Struggles with Execution
Until the Next Time part historical fiction and part religious/reincarnation philosophy presented in a creative format. I liked the idea of the novel, and I enjoyed reading about a different culture and set of beliefs. Unfortunately, the writing and execution made it difficult for me to get into the story. I did not feel much connection or interest to the characters, and most especially to the love story.
Charla W. (biloxi, mS)
The circle of Life
This is a story about an Irish family that seems to be living in a cycle similar to Celtic knot. The story is written as journal entries by Sean Michael Corigan and Michael Sean Corigan. One is living in 1972 and the other is living in 1996. even though the story constantly flips between the two time lines and sometimes can be a little confusing, overall the story is a good one. It is full of suspense and drama and little romance that keeps you glued to the pages. It takes you from New York to Ireland and into two different, but at the same time similar, worlds.
Sherrill B. (Columbia City, In.)
until the next time
I enjoyed this book. it is a good book for people who believe in karma and reincarnation. The book has many themes. The author does a good job presenting the political and religious struggles that has been going on for many years. Also has romance. I'm anxious for my sister-in-law, who is from Ireland, to read it and see what she thinks. When she came to America she thought lightning bugs were evil spirits. Think she would enjoy this book?