Author: Chistina McKenna
The Book Takes Place In The Country: YES
The Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: yes (just this past year!)
I read this book, just last year. It quickly jumped to the top of my favorites list. It is a short, sweet story that you simply must have on your shelf to share with others. It will give you all the feels.
As for Ireland - this is a really beautiful country. We went in October, 2018 for a week and loved every minute. We drove the country (driving on the left hand side of the road was a first for us) and traveled through Dublin all the way to the Cliffs of Moor and back. We traveled one lane roads where we had to wait for the sheep to move. We stood on vast cliffs that took our breath away. We met a man who owned a castle and let us into his home to explore.
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.