The Lady of Galway Manor

There are a lot of heavy things going on in this world today. Chaos abounds, and it doesn’t take long to get discouraged. And while the troubles of the world are important, sometimes we just need a respite from the real world. An escape. And besides my Bible studies, my escape often comes in the form of stories.

And The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel was the PERFECT escape to the beautiful Emerland Isle. She did such a fantastic job of introducing the reader to the island, its people, and their unique culture. Now, I want a real-life escape!

Keep reading to find out more about the book (including a purchase link) and see my full review.

About the Book

In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without the trappings and finery of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family–descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh ring.

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than make a career in his family’s jewelry shop. The past has taught him to no longer believe in love and the “lies” the Claddagh ring supposedly promises. How can he peddle what he now finds offensive?

The war for Irish independence gains strength, and the De Lacy family is caught in the crossfire. As events take a life-threatening turn, Annabeth and Stephen will discover that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty can only be made stronger when put through the refiner’s fire.

Purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts

The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel is another beautiful experience in historical Ireland from this author. I’ve been anxiously anticipating this novel since reading her debut, A Dance in Donegal, and this newest release was just as impressive!

I loved seeing Ireland through Anna’s eyes, watching her reconcile the real Ireland and its unique people with what she’d been taught back in England. Her view of this part of the world was child-like in its innocence but wondrous in its recognition of the rare artistry, character, and pride of the Irish. I really felt like I was experiencing each new cultural insight with her. It made me feel as if I was a visitor to the island, too (and made me want to search for airline tickets!).

I loved how the history and traditions of the Claddagh were woven into major themes in this novel and how they shaped the spiritual thread in the story. Love. Loyalty. Friendship. All three wind themselves into Anna and Stephen’s story much like the Celtic knots that grace his jewelry. And Jennifer Deibel does such a fantastic job at slow-burn romance. I don’t know how many times people caught me smiling or giggling at these two and their slow transition from enemies to more.

And while Stephen made me want to smack the back of his head once or twice (I might have cheered when his father did once.) with his stubbornness, I still fell in love with his guarded heart and his loyalty to his family. 

Overall, this was an excellent story, one I will be recommending for a long time! Fans of historical fiction, especially stories set on the beautiful island of Ireland will enjoy this culturally rich novel full of tradition, beauty, and love.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Be sure to place this beautiful story on top of your TBR. It would be the perfect. St. Patrick’s Day read!

Happy reading and God bless!

–Kristina

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