In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family–descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring.
Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family’s jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the “lies” the Claddagh Ring promises.
Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the “other side” isn’t quite as barbaric and uncultured as they’d been led to believe–and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner’s fire.
Travel to the Emerald Isle for another poignant and romantic story from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel.
We are first introduced to Stephen Jennings who appears to be working in a jewellery shop. It’s clear to see how much he detests love as he encounters couples. Shortly after we meet Lady Annabeth who seems to be of a different religion. Back in the older days before the troubles and such occurred in Ireland this would have been an incredible deal. I’m not too sure of our country’s history but I presume a lot has happened in the early 1920’s before real change occurred.
It’s interesting to see how Anna a British person of that day and age interact with the Irish as her parents told her their assumptions of Irish based on one type of people. As with any country, there are your stereotypes. I just cannot believe that people of a particular level of smartness would presume people of religions must all behave a certain way. That there is only one fixed personality for countries and people and so forth.
Anyway, Anna and Stephen’s relationship develops as she begins to learn new but simple things such as what fish n’ chips are like. She wants to see the Real Ireland and Stephen cannot quite believe her to be real. He’s very guarded with any English people whilst she feels as if she’s been stuck in a box and not having seen or known anything else and wants to explore.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two and the other characters both good and bad and how it intertwined by the end. I loved getting to explore Galway through the author’s descriptions of things in the 1900’s. As a person from this country but in a different element and setting I can say that it is a good warming read to explore Ireland within a novel. Also, what a beautiful cover this novel has it honestly is so pretty.
Thank you for the book in exchange for an honest review to the publishers.