Title: The Crows of Beara
Author: Julie Christine Johnson
Publisher: Ashland Creek Press
Publish Date: September 1, 2017 (Tomorrow!)
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "When Annie Crowe
travels from Seattle to a small Irish village to promote a new copper
mine, her public relations career is hanging in the balance. Struggling
to overcome her troubled past and a failing marriage, Annie is eager for
a chance to rebuild her life.
Yet when she arrives on the remote
Beara Peninsula, Annie learns that the mine would encroach on the
nesting ground of an endangered bird, the Red-billed Chough, and many in
the community are fiercely protective of this wild place. Among them is
Daniel Savage, a local artist battling demons of his own, who has been
recruited to help block the mine.
Despite their differences,
Annie and Daniel find themselves drawn toward each other, and,
inexplicably, they begin to hear the same voice--a strange, distant
whisper of Gaelic, like sorrow blowing in the wind.
ancient mythology and challenged by modern problems, Annie must confront
the half-truths she has been sent to spread and the lies she has been
telling herself. Most of all, she must open her heart to the healing
power of this rugged land and its people."
My Two Cents:
Crows of Beara" is the story of Annie and Daniel, two damaged souls
brought together in Ireland on the Beara Peninsula, a gorgeous
wilderness. They will be thrown together in ways that they cannot begin
to imagine in the beginning and each of them will be called to define
what recovery looks like to each of them. This book had great characters
and a fantastic setting and made for a great read.
I am drawn to
imperfect characters. They feel more real and they are certainly more
interesting. In this book, we have two characters who are incredibly
damaged. Both are addicts. Both have hurt their families and friends
through their addictions. Both of them are seeking redemption and
seeking how to make new lives for themselves. Even with having these
issues in common, they deal with things very differently, which is part
of the interest of this book.
I loved these characters! Annie is
an alcoholic and is seeking to get back on her feet again. She knows
recovery is important but she thinks there may be something to getting
herself into a new environment and throwing herself into a huge work
project: making a mining company look good in the beautiful setting of
Beara. Daniel has spent time in jail for a crime he deeply regrets and
he wrestles with the idea that he will never be able to make up for what
he has done yet he still must go on and find a way to make a life with a
major black mark on his name.
The other story in the book about
Annie's project to improve the PR for a business who will majorly
disrupt the ecosystem and beauty of the Beara Peninsula. This added a
really interesting factor to the story. It's war between the business
and the people of the small Irish village. Both feel strongly about what
should be done with the land and what prospects their actions will have
for the villagers. I loved seeing how this played out and the drama
that this added to the book!
This is the kind of book that you
get lost in. It's also the kind of book where you wonder about what
became of the characters after the book is over, always a good sign!