There is something heroic about going through another year and the best Irish writers know it.
In Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s series of books, written in the heartwarming style of bestselling authors like Maeve Binchy, there is nothing ordinary about ordinary people.
The last chapter of his successful Finfarren series, named Hayes-McCoy for the mythical peninsula of the west coast of Ireland, “The Month Of Borrowed Dreams” introduces us to Hanna Casey, a young divorcee who became a librarian to a certain age whose city life takes a new turn when she finds her lawyer husband in bed with someone else.
Hanna has mixed feelings about returning to Lissbeg, the small town she once fled in search of herself and some room to breathe, leaving behind her bossy mother and her life in the dark. half lived.
Now she’s wondering if instead of being a figure of respect, she’s really just a figure of fun in the city, the wife tagged with the flirtatious husband, a local joke.
You probably know her type, hurt but still determined, afraid to let someone too close lest they see the true extent of their struggles. Hayes-McCoy makes Hanna a believable middle-aged woman, not a holy paragon who would test your gullibility.
She also gives Hanna a bright young girl named Jazz, who, like her namesake, is much more free-spirited, allowing tensions to take root in the relationship between the two. Things are not sorted out at all when the rug is unceremoniously removed from the young woman’s life, making it an open question whether she will stay in Ireland at all.
Things end up escalating when the local library in Lissbeg, Hanna’s main source of livelihood, is suddenly threatened with unexpected closure. Having already started a project to restore a half-ruined cottage (giving it back some of its lost dignity) that was left to her by her great-aunt, it now looks like her life in the city is coming to an end. natural.
Even her burgeoning romance with a local man, Brian, is threatened by the unexpected return of her cheating husband, Malcolm. It all starts at Finfarren in other words, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Human happiness is something worth fighting for for Hayes-McCoy, Hayes-McCoy reminds us, and that effort is made more effective by the welcome but completely unexpected kindness of neighbors she once kept at bay. , to learn – later in life – the true meaning of home.
Hatchet, $ 17.99.
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