Overall rating and opinion of "House of Eire" by June Gillam

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Overall rating and opinion of "House of Eire" by June Gillam

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This is a discussion topic for the March 2020 Book of the month, House of Eire, A Hillary Broome Novel, by June Gillam

What is your overall opinion of the book? What do you like most about it? What do you like least? Will you recommend the book to other people? Why or why not?

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Post by wendilou49 »

Ii enjoyed reading this book. I loved the intermingling of Irish history and folklore with a good mystery! I loved the relationships in this book, especially Hillary's with her daughter Claire. They were so sweet and honest with each other. The beginning of this book was a little slow. Too much time getting ready to go instead of going and doing. I rated House of Eire 3 it of 4 stars because of the slow take off. I liked to get pulled into a story right away!

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I gave this book 4 our of 4 stars. It wasn’t a perfect read but everything worked out well. It has only one grammar mistake - that I could find. I liked the themes of motherhood, family and heritage mixed with Irish folklore. It fitted well with murder mystery. It took me longer to connect with it which maybe is do to the fact that this is third book in the series. Recommend it to the fans of murder mystery with some myths tales incorporated in it and cast of interesting female characters.
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It is a great story, and it includes some interesting history lessons about the country of Ireland. I liked the historical facts included in the story. My favorite line in the book was when Bridget said, “A famine is when there isn’t enough food. ‘A Great Hunger’ is what it really was. Thousands were forced to starve.” Bridget felt like the people of Ireland deserved to know the truth behind the suffering and anguish the country had been through.

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I gave this a 3 out of 4. I really enjoyed how this author had the main character having dreams of her mother, and she uses this as a bit of a string to keep us moving along with that character's development. I also thought the way that the scenes of Ireland were described was great. If the author has never been there, it sure seemed like she has. There were a couple of things that I found slightly off-putting, like leaving Claire alone in a bed sleeping while Hilary knows there is a murderer running loose. Overall, though, by the end, I wanted to read the next one as Hilary's hunt for family history continues. I don't know many people who like cozy mysteries, so I don't know who I would tell to read it, but I will send it out on my social media for others to look into.
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I am still in the progress of reading it, but so far, I have found the dreams that Hillary has been having quite intriguing, and I have a feeling that they are going to play a significant role in the whole book. I am hoping to travel to Ireland in the next little while and hopefully find some information on my ancestors, so this book definitely came at the right time.

I am enjoying her close-knit relationship with Hillary and Clare and the dynamic between her and her husband.
I am giving it a 4 out of 4 stars.

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I just started and I am so hopeful about this one. I love Irish folklore based books and add mystery to it, and this is the perfect recipe for entertainment for me.

Hillary is a character that will resonate with many of us. Her having these intriguing dreams is having me all amped up to follow her on her adventure.
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I am yet to read. The reviews and comments all seem to point to a great read. I am unsure how I'll feel about the slow start. Do I need to start the beginning of the series to get the story?
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Post by DragonLight877 »

I gave this book 3 out of 4 stars. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. I liked reading about Hillary following around Claire and Sarah through Ireland. I thought all the characters felt like real people. I just wish the action had started a little sooner in the book. I felt like it took a long time for anything other than just a vacation in Ireland to happen.

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Post by MrunalT »

I am yet to pick this book up, but the reviews have been persuasive. So far, I know Hillary is the character that most readers have loved. I havent read much about Irish Folklore so it would be interesting to read about that alongside a murder mystery.

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I enjoyed reading this book. My favorite part was Claire. I loved getting her childish point of view. I found it refreshing. I also liked how she referred to her doll as "Punzey" and called her mother "Maaa." Those were cute details to include about her. My least favorite part of the book was actually Hillary. I found her extremely annoying. Even though I disliked her though, there were enough other characters I liked and the plot moved along quickly. So, I would rate the book 4 out of 4 stars.

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I would rate this a 3 out of 4 since the starting of the story might persuade others to be disinterested in reading it. I like Claire the most and I think the characteristics of every individual makes it easy to visualize what they are expieriencing.
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I enjoyed this book. I thought the storyline was good with a lot of suspense and intrigue. The characters were interesting, and I loved the history of the Irish people even though much of it is very sad. Overall I would give this book 4 out of 4 stars.
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Post by Mr Benji »

I find the book interesting, captivating, and intriguing.
Especially watching as the scenes unfolds as if watching a movie.

Second, there were two contrasting clusters of characters: the villains vs. the protagonists.

Next,the settings were relatable to a local settings such as unfinishes houses and sites.
I can only gladly rate it four out of four stars.

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Post by Mounce574 »

I liked the book but it was a bit of a struggle to read due to the slow start. Claire definitely brought a bit of light to the darkness of the overall story. I have read the other books in the series but I found that each book is capable of being a standalone novel.
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