Review of House of Eire

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Review of House of Eire

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[Following is a volunteer review of "House of Eire" by June Gillam.]
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4 out of 5 stars
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Step into the mist-shrouded world where ancient legends and family secrets collide. June Gillam’s novel “House of Eire: A Mystical Irish Journey" takes us on a captivating adventure through the Emerald Isle, blending history, murder, and magic.

The heart of the story lies with Hillary Broome, a tenacious reporter turned ghostwriter. She embarks on a journey to her ancestral homeland, Ireland, alongside her husband, Ed, and her preteen daughter, Claire.
Their belated honeymoon becomes a quest for truth as they explore the rugged landscapes and unravel the mysteries that lie beneath the shamrocks.

In the quaint village of Ballyclarin, Hillary delves into her family’s past, unearthing long-buried secrets. As Hillary peels back the layers, she encounters Sarah, an elderly friend whose life she once saved. Sarah’s memories hold the key to unlocking the truth about Ireland’s past—a past scarred by both magic and treachery.

Gillam’s attention to detail brings us to the Irish countryside. From the rolling green hills to the cozy pubs, every scene feels authentic. The characters are well drawn—Hillary’s determination, Ed’s unwavering support, and Claire’s youthful curiosity create a relatable family dynamic. The book’s editing is good, allowing the story to flow almost seamlessly.

The blend of psychological suspense and magical realism adds depth. Gillam drives in elements of Celtic folklore, making the landscape come alive with ancient spirits and hidden enchantments. The exploration of family ties, the desire to uncover their roots, and the unstoppable wish to solve new tragic mysteries are the most engaging parts of the book.

Anyway, while Hillary’s character shines, Ed remains somewhat in the background. His role as a supportive companion lacks depth, leaving us wanting more. Additionally, some readers may find the pacing slow, especially during the introspective moments.

“House of Eire” is the third installment in the Hillary Broome Novels: Social Justice Crime Fiction series. Although it can be enjoyed as a standalone, readers who have followed Hillary’s previous adventures will appreciate the continuity and growth of the characters throughout the series. The first two books in the series are “House of Cuts” and “House of Dads.”

To conclude, I think that starting a story from the third book reduces the general reading pleasure, especially because I didn't read the first two episodes and I found it a little difficult to understand the characters in the beginning. Additionally, the numerous words in Irish slang slowed the pace of the entire book. That's why I don't give “House of Eire” a perfect rating, but only 4 out of 5 stars, even if the book is not bad.

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Post by Seetha E »

Set in Ireland and Celtic folklore, the plot is intriguing.
Understandably, you could not enjoy the book as you hadn't read the previous 2 books and the Irish slang.
You provide a well-rounded review highlighting your likes and dislikes.
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