Review: A Dance in Donegal

A Dance in Donegal

Synopsis:

All of her life, Irish-American Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of Ireland. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira decides to fulfill her mother’s wish that she become the teacher in Ballymann, her home village in Donegal, Ireland.

After an arduous voyage, Moira arrives to a new home and a new job in an ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel delights the senses, bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells, and language of a lush country and a colorful people. Historical romance fans will embrace her with open arms.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel is a beautiful story. Heartbreaking, tragic, and full of surprises this novel was the most engaging one I have read. The young woman, Moria, heads to Ireland and finds more than she thought she would. Scandal, mystery, rumors, danger, and romance were woven here. I was rooting for this young woman doing her best to be a good teacher yet snubbed by others. Then, she’s attacked and all hell breaks loose. Her life was spared yet another attempt happens. Only it doesn’t go as they planned. Moria ends up surviving but someone they all cared about is lost. This book was emotionally charged from the beginning to end. I also, loved the hero, Sean. Together, he and Moria make an amazing pair. They compliment each other. Both are just as strong and brave. I felt like I was taken from my chair and pulled into this book. Jennifer Deibel’s writing is impressive. This was the first of her books I have read. I look forward to reading more by her in the future. For her next grand adventure…

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