About the Book
In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family–descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring.
Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family’s jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the “lies” the Claddagh Ring promises.
Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the “other side” isn’t quite as barbaric and uncultured as they’d been led to believe–and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner’s fire.
Travel to the Emerald Isle for another poignant and romantic story from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel.
In My Opinion
In The Lady of Galway Manor, Jennifer Deibel transports readers to 1920s Ireland with her descriptive prose and vivid descriptions of life. The book is entirely set in this country with the unrest between the English an Irish and some of the hardships of life.
Anna and Stephen come from different worlds and while it takes them a while to realize it, they strengthen each other because of their different outlooks on life. Deibel does a wonderful job of showing us that it’s not the social status that matters (and we see this in more than just Anna and Stephen’s interactions but with others throughout the book) but the heart of each person.
This sophomore offering from this author proves she’s one to watch, and I’m looking forward to learning more about Irish history and culture
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