A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel | Historical Romance Review

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel

Historical Romance

All her life, Boston-born Moira Doherty has relished her mother's descriptions of the Emerald Isle. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira is compelled to fulfill her dying wish--that she become the teacher in Ballymann, the beloved village in Donegal, Ireland, she's heard so much about.

After an arduous voyage, Moira begins a challenging new job in an unfamiliar and ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira's mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she's journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends--and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced--as she seeks to navigate a life she'd never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

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My Thoughts

A Dance in Donegal takes the reader on an exciting journey from Boston to the beautiful little village of Ballymann in Donegal, Ireland. With the aid of Jennifer Deibel's writing style you can smell the salty air, feel the gentle breeze, and hear the lilt of the language. It's an absolutely lovely debut novel from Ms Deibel and will make you anxious for the next.

The story itself is filled with adventure, mystery, and romance. Moira comes to Ballymann to fulfill her mother's wish. Once she is there she finds a mixed bag of acceptance. There are a few that seem to welcome her with open arms, another group somewhat avoids her, and yet another select group is outright hostile towards her.

There is a constant murmuring about a mysterious secret that has overtones of scandal that involved her mother. Most in the village seem to know something about it but aren't talking. Moira herself hasn't a clue about what it could be. As the story intensifies Moira relies more and more on Sean . . . and of course romance blooms. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a complete delight to follow along with the characters to unravel the mystery. If you are a fan of historical fiction and you like a twist of mystery I think you will enjoy reading A Dance in Donegal.

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Jennifer Deibel

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell in order to facilitate my review.


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