Authoress: Heather Barbieri
Pages: @288 Publisher: Harper
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
Goodreads: The Lace Makers of Glenmara
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Drama
My summary: Kate has lost it all. Her love, her career, and now her mom. So on whim she packs a bag and heads to Ireland; the land of her mother's people. The road leads her to Glenmara and it is there that she begins to heal and find her heart again.
My say: Most books arrive to my home after I have sought them out. But some books find me. They arrive quite by accident. Looking for a home or someone to share their story with. Labor Day and now The Lace Makers of Glenmara both came to me this way.
My verdict: This story marvelously and quietly weaves mourning, friendship, and just a touch of magic.What it is not: It's a not a neat little love story about finding "Mr. Perfect" in the Emerald Isle. Even though there is one ruggedly handsome fellow.What it is: A really honestly beautiful thoughtful story about loss, pain, joy, and finding friendship and the place you belong.
My recommendation: While the stories are quite different, I would recommend it to fans of Chocolat.
My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars; I loved this book and will reread it again one day when I need to get lost in some words. I need to buy a hardcover copy for my shelf.
My favorite lines:
- "I was just thinking how funny life is. Seems like the more you want something, the more it eludes you. Then, when you least expect it, there it is."
- "It's not always a bad thing, the remembering, its an important part of who we are, the suffering that shapes us, that reminds us how strong we can be."
My kiddie-o-meter: There are mentions to infidelity, tragedies, illness, death, sex, alcohol abuse, physical abuse, and perhaps a curse word or two. While the subject matter is mature, it is tasteful.
My final say: Speaking of taste, I could almost taste the salty air while reading this.
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