Friday, June 19, 2009
I was delighted to receive an advance copy of The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri. Mother Talk asked if I was interested in reviewing the book, and I quickly said yes when I read that the main character heads off for Ireland. Part of my heritage is Irish, and I've always wanted to visit Ireland.
This is a great summer read! The main character, Kate, heads off to Ireland after a broken engagement. She pretty much wanders into a town where she proceeds to stay and begins to build a new life for herself - while bringing some sparkle and excitement to the town.
While there is talk of the scenery, the book focuses on the characters. I liked getting to know about the personalities of this small town, and found myself cheering some of them, while shaking my head at others.
I wasn't sure what I was going to learn about lace, and I won't spoil the book by telling you. Be assured, though, that you'll gain more respect for women who toil over bits of handmade lace!
I started reading this before bed one night, and found myself carrying it with me over the next few days so I could find out where the story took her. It's a light story - nothing dramatic or crude or questionable - and thoroughly enjoyable.
When I told my sister about it, her only complaint was that the character decided to travel after being jilted. She thinks that women should go off on travel adventures just because (hmmm, I wonder if that's why she's currently booking that cruise to the Amazon?)
I've already passed my copy on to a friend looking for a good summer read, and she is enjoying it as well.
*I received a copy of the book from Mother Talk, and will also receive a gift certificate in exchange for my honest review.*