By Claire Fullerton
On sabbatical from her job in the LA record business, Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland for the vacation of a lifetime. What she finds is a job offer too good to turn down.
But her life in Ireland comes with one complication—Liam Hennessey. He’s a famous Irish musician whose entire life revolves around performing, so when he meets Hailey, he is so unbalanced at the prospect of love that he can’t decide whether to come closer or run away.
And so begins the push and pull of Hailey and Liam’s attraction. It is a dance enriched by colorful Irish friends who help Hailey navigate her budding romance with Liam in a landscape with more charm and character than any place Hailey ever imagined.
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Publication date, March 6, 2015
Page count; 236
Dancing to an Irish Reel is written in the first person of Hailey Crossan, the main character. Hailey arrives in Connemara, Ireland on vacation, but when offered the job of a lifetime at a music company, she extends her vacation. Through Hailey, we learn about the people of Connemara, their language, their country, and their music.
Hailey is a strong person who tends to tell it as she sees it. She is not afraid to explore on her own, or travel by herself. When she meets Liam Hennesey, an accordion player, she immediately feels an attraction. Liam has a slow way of pursuing Hailey, but he is definitely interested. However, he seems uncertain of their relationship. There is a lot of hesitancy and on again, off again in their relationship, and even at the end, we aren’t sure where the relationship will go.
The author is a master at rich description allowing us to immediately feel at home in Connemara. Her vivid descriptions are what drew me in from the first. The plot evolves with slowly, leaving us to savor our visit with the land and people of Ireland.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Claire Fullerton is the author of “Dancing to an Irish Reel” (Literary Fiction) and “A Portal in Time,” (Paranormal Mystery), both from Vinspire Publishing. She is a 4 time, award-winning essayist, a contributor to magazines (including “Celtic Life International” and “Southern Writers Magazine”) a former newspaper columnist, and a 5-time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Claire hails from Memphis, Tennessee and now lives in Malibu, California, with her husband and two German shepherds. She has recently completed her third novel, which is a Southern family saga set in Memphis.
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