There's something about historical family sagas that makes A Reader's Respite sigh with contentment. There's nothing like turning the last page of an sweeping epic story that spans the generations and catches the reader up in the turmoil of another family, if for no other reason than to escape our own.
But America wasn't the Promised Land for most of these immigrants. Most arrived between the years of 1840-1860 and if you know your American history, well then....
Those Irish who survived famine, the abhorrent tenant farming of the day, and a treacherous Atlantic crossing found themselves in a foreign land, swept up into a war not of their making.
If you're looking for angst, this novel certainly has it. Love, war, loss and hope fairly leap out of the pages at you.
While Galway Bay didn't sweep us completely off our feet like that first reading of Gone With the Wind or The Thorn Birds, it is a novel deserving of your attention.
Title: Galway Bay
Author: Mary Pat Kelly
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date: February 9, 2009
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Lynne's Little Corner of the World
A Bookworm's World
The Tome Traveller
Wendi's Book Corner
Peeking Between the Pages
Grace's Book Blog
Library Girl Reads
Diary of an Eccentric
Cafe of Dreams
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