3 out of 4 stars
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House of Eire, written by June Gillam, is a novel about Hillary, an American ghostwriter with Irish roots, and her family, who set off on a trip to Ireland. While visiting the country, Hillary wants to meet up with Bridget, her friend who she saw only once but kept in touch with over Skype. Bridget is fighting against a greedy theme park developer. She wants to have Ireland's past recognized and considered by putting a memorial in the theme park, which is an absolute no-go for the developer. Through their friendship, Hillary gets entangled in the discussion between Bridget and the developer and finds herself in an awkward position - will she go home at the end of her vacation, or will she stay to fight for Bridget's cause?
I rate this book three out of four stars. It is an entertaining novel, an easy read, with a bit of everything: suspense, drama, intrigue, history, and love. I would say it is the perfect book for a Sunday afternoon to relax with feet up and a cup of tea while reading. It is very well edited; I found just a few typos.
I like the small tidbits of information about Ireland that are mentioned throughout the book. It's a beautiful country with lovely people and a rich history. The author's description makes one want to visit and learn more about the beauty, the inhabitants, and culture.
I did not give it the full four stars, because, at times, the book felt rushed, mostly towards the end. Some situations could have been further developed, such as why the developer did not want to listen to Bridget and why he was so opposed to her proposal. The story finishes before all open ends are tied up. It is also difficult to place some of the characters if you haven't read the previous books. The story shows a minor inconsistency. When the family arrives in Quinn's B&B, Hillary is glad they were all on the ground floor. Yet, several chapters later, Ed takes Sarah and Claire upstairs to their room in the same B&B.
I can recommend this book to readers who like getting immersed in a story for a few hours, traveling with Hillary and her family to Ireland, and feeling the suspense with them. Since the book has implied adult content, I would say it's best suited for a mature audience.
House of Eire
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