Review by Leen282 -- House of Eire by June Gillam

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Review by Leen282 -- House of Eire by June Gillam

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[Following is a volunteer review of "House of Eire" by June Gillam.]
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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.

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Any book that educates at the same time it is entertaining you is a blessing. Thank you for a very detailed and insightful review.
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Post by Miks_solon »

Too bad that the book seemed rush. Thanks for the review, I really think you enjoyed reading it!
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Post by Honest-reviewer »

I love reading these this genre. I’ll definitely give this book a try. Thanks for your wonderful review!
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This is my kind of book. Any book that features crime, suspense, intrigue, love is a yes for me. Thanks for this detailed review.
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Post by Elvis Best »

I wonder if Hillary stays to fight Bridget's cause. The plot of the book sounds very interesting me. Thanks for the detailed review. Good job!
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Post by Divergent_2020 »

I like quick reads. And I like suspense. So, I guess I'll pick this one. Thank you for the review. You have written really well.
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Incredible review. It's well written and got me interested in the book. Thank you for your review, I'm looking for to reading the book.
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Post by Slater678 »

I hope to visit Ireland so I think the story is so touching. thanks for the wonderful review.
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Post by Kirsi_78 »

Ireland is such a beautiful country. And this book sounds like a perfect match for sunny Sunday afternoon spent on a hammock... 😁 I can't wait to see how it turns out for Hillary & Bridget! Thanks for introducing the book!
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Post by drwcroaker »

It's hard to picture a theme-park in Ireland. Perhaps if the theme of the park was fantasy that might work in my brain. Thanks for your review.
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Post by Teele »

Ireland is some place I would love to read about. Nice review.
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Post by gabrielletiemi »

This book seems very interesting. It has an unique plot it seems. Also, it has some aspects of Ireland to fill the reader in. It sounds amazing. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by Chickenwings00 »

This book is about An Irish ghostwriter. She sets up on a trip to Ireland. It's an exciting read. The review is good.
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Post by Ellylion »

I love that the book has Irish flavor, and would love to check it out :) Thank you for this insightful review!
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