Beneath an Irish Sky – Isabella Connor

Beneath an Irish Sky

Publisher: Choc Lit Limited

Publication Date: 07-Aug-2013


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My Rating – 5 stars


This is my first taste of Choc Lit and I will certainly be back for more.  Isabella Connor is the pen name for Liv Thomas and Val Oltenau.  I’m not a big fan of collaborations and I don’t usually like contemporary romantic fiction but this novel stood out for me with its intelligence and wit along with a certain Irish sparkle.

Young Irish Traveller, Luke Kiernan is thrust into an unknown world following a tragic accident.  Plucked from the tranquillity of the Irish countryside he has to forge a new life amongst folk who don’t approve of his Traveller background.  With the threat of violence from his Irish uncles, the future doesn’t look bright for Luke.

This is an extremely readable, touching story which will appeal to fans of romantic fiction with a bit of a kick.   The characters are extremely well drawn, from the mysterious and sometimes brutal world of Irish Travellers to the supposedly more sophisticated, urbane setting of Middle England.  An ideal holiday read and also a rewarding book group read as it will encourage discussion about society’s attitudes towards and misunderstandings about minority groups.

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  1. This looks like something I’d like when I’m in the mood for fiction with a romantic bent. Thanks for a great review!

  2. Teresa says:

    Andi, it’s a nice, easy read for those long summer evenings….well we did have a full week of sunshine here in Belfast before the rain returned!

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