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Book Review: Isabella Connor's 'An Irish Promise'

‘An Irish Promise’  

by Isabella Connor

Nostalgia seems to be in fashion. Probably it is seen as an antidote to the horrendous stress of this frenetic world, a desire to ‘step back in time’ and forget the pressures of modernity. Sometimes, though, looking back isn’t always a good idea - for it may backfire on you.

Rachel, our lovely main protagonist, cannot forget what happened to her as a schoolgirl in an Irish village and has promised herself to work it out of her system. Bullied at school, the resultant mental trauma has stayed with her - so when time allows, back to the village of her childhood she goes, with a desire to seek revenge. It takes some organising and lady luck plays her part in the subsequent adventures played out against the religious backdrop of the Irish community, some tragic, some heart warming. An old diary of hers is the key to it all - the past is all there, written in detail as it happened. So nostalgic it is not, rather sad in its own way but the scene-setting and characterisation that demand concentration on the part of the reader works very well and - believe it or not - the ‘promise’ works out in the end.

Review written by Bruce Edwards

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