Well, my German test is over, and I am on to the next level. Being an adult learning a very difficult language has been a treat and a pain all at once.
Today's review is for :The Misremembered Man
Author: Christina McKenna
This is the story of a man name Jamie who lives in Derry, Ireland. The story takes place in the 1970s. Jamie is a 40 year old, unmarried farmer. He spends most of his time, alone on his farm, tending to his animals. He has two good friends, his neighbors, that look after him and they encourage him to find a mate. Jamie doesn't have a high opinion of himself, and doesn't feel that is an option for him. After a very troubled childhood as an orphan who was beaten badly by the nuns who cared for him, his lack of trust is understandable.
He meets a woman, named Lydia who is around his same age. She she a lonely school teacher who cares for her ailing mother. Lydia's friends encourage her to find love so that she can get out from under her mother's thumb, so Lydia puts an add in the paper that Jamie answers.
What follows is unexpected and their relationship takes a turn that neither of them imagined.
This was a GREAT book. It was sweet, and funny, and very well written. Jamie is such a likable guy - you are rooting for him the entire story. His childhood will make you cringe, and you just keep hoping that his luck turns. There were even some funny parts to the story - especially the dialogue between Jamie and his neighbors as they try to get him a date.
There wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. If you are looking for a heart warming story with an amazing - yet a bit surprising - ending, this book is for you.