Where a Wave Meets the Shore
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First Published on Nov 21 2016
"A flawless gem of a story."
Change is coming quickly to a rugged island off the west coast of Ireland. It’s coming even faster to the two young people about to meet there.
With most of its population lost to emigration or the unforgiving sea, the Great Blasket’s aging inhabitants face a heartbreaking choice: remain and face the growing dangers of its fierce, unpredictable weather, or leave their homes for the safety of the mainland. While many are prepared to surrender what a century of Atlantic storms could not rip from their grasp, the only young woman left in the village has no intention of joining them.
Known as a lovable eccentric, Brigid O’Sullivan can’t bear the thought of leaving. The Blasket’s restless spirit matches her own, and its wild isolation suits her. She thinks nothing on the mainland could ever tempt her away – until the day she turns and meets the sunlit, blue-eyed gaze of Tom McBride.
Like many others in the coastal towns along the Dingle Peninsula, Tom views the island as a desolate outpost, a place of endless misfortune. He has no desire to go there, but when a visitor on official business begs a ride, he reluctantly agrees. As he steers his uncle’s fishing boat across the Blasket Sound, Tom prepares himself to encounter a remnant of withered, superstitious people, never suspecting that one of them—dark-eyed and raven-haired—will be the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen.
It’s 1952, and in the emotional last days of a proud island community, two very different people are about to fall very much in love. But love is never easy, and sometimes it isn’t enough.
For those who enjoy Irish history and Irish fiction, romance, modern fairy tales, and a good old-fashioned love story.
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