THE YELLOW HOUSE by Patricia Falvery
The Yellow House Book - Synopsis
"I remember the summers best, when the days rested in the long arms of evening and the sounds around Slieve Guillon were as muted as benediction. Only the faint barking of distant dogs cut the stillness as farmers drove their cattle home. Smoke curled from cottage chimneys and children gulped down tea so they could return to play while time hovered between day and night like a gift from heaven.
Glenlea, County Armagh, Ireland 1905. When her family is torn aprt by religious intolerance, personal tragedy, and explosive secrets, young Eileen O'Neill is determined to reclaim the Yellow House where her family had been happy and bring her broken family back home.As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the personal impact of the conflict. Her choice is complicated by the influence of two men. James Conlon, a charismatic and passionate politcal activit is determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, appeals to her warrior's soul. But Eileen also finds herself drawn to Owen Sheridan, the wealthy and handsome black sheep of the pacifist family who owns the mill where she works, and who believes that peace can never be achieved through violence. The choice that Eileen makes will change the course of all their lives and give her a true understanding of herself. Set in Ulster in the early 20th century, this novel brings to life the conflicts leading up to the birth of the border that divided the island of Ireland, and still exists today.
Patricia Falvey was born in Northern Ireland and raised in Ireland and England before immigrating to the U.S. at age twenty. A former managing director with a financial services firm, she now devotes herself full-time to writing and teaching and divides her time between Dallas, Texas, and County Armagh, Northern Ireland. THE YELLOW HOUSE is her first novel.
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The Reader's Review: I found this story tugging at my heart as it is such a moving and rewarding novel. Eileen has such a passion for life and does what she needs to do to fulfill her dreams. I loved how Eileen took a stand and did not back down or really care what anyone else thought of her. She is one tough cookie! The author wrote with such insight that I was able to vicariously be a part of this story. 4.75 Stars
Thanks Miriam and Hatchette for the book.