Good-bye, Lover by Rachel Britz – Set in Ireland in 1880. For Honora (Nora) Gallagher, her life is turned upside down when her father unexpectedly dies. The news of his death, and the unlikely requirement for her to inherit the estate, spreads across the country. His will states that seventeen-year old Nora must marry within a year in order to inherit King’s Castle. Upset, she has to decide whether to follow her dream of attending the music school in Dublin or saving her home. As time passes though, things aren’t quite as they first appeared – money has gone missing and Fair Day has been cancelled – what is going on without her knowledge?
She soon realizes that the only way to solve her problems is through sacrifice.
Can I officially FREAK OUT now? I adored this book. When I got it I thought of passing it on as a gift, but now it’ll only leave my hands if I know it’ll return! A new favorite!
Things I loved about it:
Set in Ireland. – I have longed to go there for years and years
Set in the 1800’s – Adore that era, that’s even the time period my novel is in!
Faith is critical but didn’t feel overly done or fake – because, let’s be real, it happens people, even in books.
Talks about an actual composer and songwriter –you’ll have to read it to find out who. I’d never heard of him but I’m listening to one of his songs and WOW. Beautiful.
Things I didn’t like about it:
When she is thinking (in italics), most of the time it was in the past tense. – This broke the flow for me. I’d go back and read it a few times, then, because I’m ME, I’d change it to the present tense. It would flow better to me and I could move on.
It ended. – I don’t care if it is 215 pages. I didn’t want it to end!
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