About The Godforsaken Daughter
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 17, 2015)
When Ruby Clare’s father was alive, they happily toiled together on their small dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death seven months ago, Ruby—thirty-three years old, plain, and plump—has become a veritable drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother. Then comes the day when Ruby finds her late grandmother’s old suitcase in the attic. Among its strange contents: a slim, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
The deeper Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, the more confident she feels. But Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter must be possessed, enlists the help of psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry is unflappable on the surface, yet inwardly he’s reeling from his wife’s unexplained disappearance the year before. As Ruby undergoes therapy alongside other local patients, including lonely bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone, all their lives intersect in unexpected ways. And Ruby, alone for so long, finds the courage to connect—with Jamie, with Henry, and with her own loving, indomitable spirit.
My take on this book:
First let me say that when I decided to read this book I didn't realise that it was the third in a series, but with that said it really didn't matter. The author provides enough background information that I was easily able to connect with the story and the characters. This is a multifaceted book, on one hand it is a quick easy read that is smoothly written. Ms. McKenna is wonderful at creating vivid imagery that grabs hold and doesn't turn loose until the final page is read.The story unfolds like a well played movie with descriptions so vivid one can easily see the story unfolding. I loved the way the author provided two different woman, each story running parallel to each other until finally their stories finally conjoin. Ruby was someone that was sad and lonely, her family treated her horribly, but it was the people that she met that provided the confidence that she needed.Her story easily was my favorite, and I found myself anxious as well as hopeful for how the ending of the story would play out. Speaking of endings it was quite satisfying and honestly was something that surprised me a bit! I really enjoyed the splash of paranormal that was woven into the story. For me The Godforsaken Daughter was a book that I hurried through because I became so emotionally invested in the characters that I had to know what would happen, but truly was sad to see their stories end. I enjoyed this book so much that I will certainly be going back to read the first two books in the series!
Christina McKenna grew up on a farm near the village of Draperstown in Northern Ireland. She attended the Belfast College of Art, where she obtained an honors degree in fine art and studied English in postgraduate studies at the University of Ulster. In 1986, she left Northern Ireland to work abroad. She has lived, worked, and painted pictures in Spain, Turkey, Italy, Ecuador, and Mexico.
Christina McKenna’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, March 16th: Write, Meg!
Tuesday, March 17th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, March 19th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Friday, March 20th: Bell, Book, and Candle
Tuesday, March 24th: BookNAround
Wednesday, March 25th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, March 30th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, April 1st: WV Stitcher
Thursday, April 2nd: Joyfully Retired
Monday, April 6th: Unshelfish
Tuesday, April 7th: girlichef
Wednesday, April 8th: The Book Bag
Thursday, April 9th: My Bookshelf
Friday, April 10th: Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, April 13th: Patricia’s Wisdom
TBD: The Avid Reader