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Friday, March 3, 2017

Book Review: Girl on the Leeside by Kathleen Anne Kenney

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Nan A. Talese Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

This book doesn't actually come out until June, but I HAD to include it in March, under our books about Ireland sub-theme for the month!

So just be sure to add  it to your reading list now!

girl on the leeside cover


A young, aspiring poet in a quiet Irish village thinks her life of books suits her perfectly until a charismatic newcomer from America broadens her horizons.

Siobhan Doyle grew up with her Uncle Kee at their family pub The Leeside, in rural Ireland. Kee has been staunchly overprotective of Siobhan ever since her mother’s death in an IRA bombing, but now that she’s an adult, it’s clear that in protecting her Kee has unwittingly kept her in a state of arrested development. The pair are content to remain forever in their quiet haven, reading and discussing Irish poetry, but for both Siobhan and Kee fate intervenes.

A visiting American literary scholar awakens Siobhan to the possibility of a fulfilling life away from The Leeside. And her relationship with Kee falters after the revelation that her father is still alive. In the face of these changes, Siobhan reaches a surprising decision about her future. Lyrical and heartfelt, Kathleen Anne Kenney’s Girl on the Leeside deserves a place alongside contemporary literature’s best-loved coming-of-age novels.


Another book this week that speaks of secrets, the history of a country, and the strength of family! if you want to understand and FEEL the history of Ireland, then this book might be the one for you! Kathleen's descriptions of the countryside will having you running and checking out travel guides, while her understanding of the culture and civil strife of the country, will give the reader greater understanding of what makes the country so unique. There are three parts to the the story, and in each the characters are brought out more, just as Siobhan comes out of her inner shell, we see more of Kee and understand his actions. As their friends help them through crisis, they come to understand the true meaning of friendship and love, as does the reader. Do NOT miss this one- it's like taking a mini-vacation to Ireland!

About the Author:

KATHLEEN ANNE KENNEY is a freelance writer and playwright. She has had several plays staged at Minnesota theaters and was awarded an individual artist grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in 2012 for a staged reading of The Ghost of an Idea, a single-actor play about Charles Dickens. Her writing has appeared in Big River magazine, Coulee Region Women magazine, Tapestry magazine, and elsewhere. She and her husband have one adult daughter and live in Winona, Minnesota.

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