Wednesday, September 14, 2016

House of Eire

June Gillam dedicates this novel to her mother Geraldine Price Skalisky Robeson, who she says sang “Galway Bay” to her sisters and her. According to the map of Ireland right beneath the destination, the song likely refers to the western coastal city Galway on the Emerald Isle. Below the map is a quote from Alex Haley, author of Roots, about people hungry to learn about their lineage. Each part opens with a quote from William Butler Yeats’ “Second Coming,” and the main text involves protagonist Hillary Broome going to Ireland to uncover her family history, although she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. Overall, this is an enjoyable realistic novel, with each chapter indicating the location of the events, and the end leaving room for another sequel, with those contemplating reading assured that the third book on the Hillary Broome series can be enjoyed without reading its predecessors.

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