The Girl from County Clare

Recently awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion

This was a delightful book and this so reminded me of an author that got me hooked on great stories about everyday people and their struggles to make a better life for themselves. It is not often that I put a book in the same sentence as Catherine Cookson, but this book so fits that.

I know very little about the struggles in Ireland but I feel that this book could be the story of a real young girl, who leaves a struggling family in Ireland…………to make a new life for herself. Brigid is a strong character, showing the struggles she has mostly alone in a country she is not familiar with.

The book flows very well…..keeping you ever wondering what is going to happen to Brigid next. (will she succeed in making a successful life?) There was never a slow part of the book……..keeping you quickly turning the pages for more. Highly recommended and look forward to more books by this author

– IndieBRAG reader.

Set in Ireland, Queensland, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand

 

Like making lace –

she pieced together a new life from a single thread of hope

For all her timidity and meek acceptance of her place in the pecking order of life, she had grit – and freedom – but she was young enough and naive enough to be putty in his hands – or was she?

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Brigid, the talented eighteen-year-old lacemaker, flees starvation and poverty in 19th century Ireland to seek a better life in Australia. As captivating as she is skilful, she must conquer her innate fears if she is to fulfill her dream.

Life doesn’t always run smoothly in this harsh new landscape and Brigid must learn to overcome bias, bigotry and tradition. She looks to one man for inspiration and protection. Once her champion, he becomes her adversary.

She gathers those who matter most to her and sets up home in New Zealand. Gradually, her dreams become reality and tranquillity prevails – until the day the man who seeks her downfall finds her.

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PRAISE FOR ‘THE GIRL FROM COUNTY CLARE‘:

The historical aspects of the story are so accurate and described so perfectly that the reader will frequently need to remind herself/himself that the story is fiction….This is a thoroughly satisfying read. It is the kind of story that passes the test as a work of history and is equally satisfying as a novel that will have your attention from first to last. 4 stars

– Frank O’Shea, The Irish Echo, Sydney.

An extremely well-researched historical novel. The author’s accuracy and attention to detail was evident throughout the novel. …an entertaining and enjoyable historical novel

– IndieBRAG reader.

 

I love all things Irish, especially Historical Fiction. The time frame depicted in the book was a very important time in Irish history. People leaving Ireland due to the English oppression, no food, families to big to take care of. Families either married off their daughters or sent the abroad ie. America or Australia among others. The writing was good in this book and historical accuracy was spot on. 

– IndieBRAG reader

 

Well written book with strong characters and a great story line

– IndieBRAG reader

 

With an incisive eye for historical detail and bridging fact with fiction, Vicky Adin brings strong characters and plot to her Pastfinders books. Brigid is a real page turner.

 

– Jenny Harrison, author of The Lives of Alice Pothron.

Vicky Adin has once again demonstrated her considerable flair for weaving historical fact into a rich intensely readable story. Her best yet.

– Erin McKechnie, author of Cissy

 

New Zealand Readers: To request a personally autographed print book, please contact me. Print copies are also available from Writer’s Plot Reader’s Read bookstore, 893 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt.  Phone: 04 528 4549

 

 

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