STORY-LINE ABBEY’S TALE BY KATHERINE McDERMOTT:
In Abbey’s Tale, author Katherine McDermott created a clean sweet romance. Set in a small fishing village, the community’s tight-knit. Jeremy McKetcheon, an Irish immigrant, is the light-keeper for the local lighthouse. Horribly disfigured on one side of his face during the civil war, Jeremy has what we know as PTSD. With nightly nightmares and flash backs of the battles, Jeremy hides on the island with his lighthouse duties and wood craving.
Abigail Morrison, AKA Abbey, blind from birth lives in the main village with her father who is postmaster. Abby lives through the wood cravings her father brings from the lighthouse keeper. Beautiful pieces which expand Abbey’s world. Pestering her father to meet the carver who so lovingly creates the pieces, they start journeying across the water just before a storm. As fate would have it, their boat capsizes and Jeremy must do his best to save them. Neither of them knew how a simple trip and an act of rescue would change their lives. My reviews for romance novel, Abbey’s Tale, follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Firstly, let me say, how much I enjoyed this book. In Abbey’s Tale we find two needy people who come together to save each other. Jeremy saved her from the sea, and Abbey saved him from himself. Secondly, I loved the fact McDermott gave both of her characters such wonderful personalities and morals.
Jeremy’s guilt ridden and Abbey’s alone in a dark world; will these two forge a relationship built on caring?Seen as a recluse in the beginning of book, by the end, Jeremy has come out of his shell and facing the world. Abbey’s small world of the village, expands as she grows more confident in herself. Seen by the world as disabled, Jeremy sees only the woman he loves and Abbey sees the man who holds her heart.
Giving Jeremy a dog, Bailey, of high intelligence and strength was a skillful stroke by the author as she introduces the early concept of the seeing eye dog. Although seeing eye dogs were not in use in this time period, Bailey instinctively knew how to help Abbey. With varied plots which take the reader from a small fishing village to Boston, the author wove all the threads together to form a solid romance novel. MdDermott also raised the issue of the treatment the Irish received on ships crossing the Atlantic as well as small snips of history on the potato famine in Ireland. I found this very informative.
Furthermore the pace of the story is in line with the length of the book. Every good story need a villain, and of course, McDermott crafted a dilly for her book. You will love to hate him as he is slimy, cruel, and a professional criminal.
Finally in concluding my reviews for romance novel, Abbey’s Tale, I found a solid, clean, easy to read, romance. Even though this book begins in 1869, does it brother me that Braille was probably in its infancy, as it did not appear in America until 1860 when it came to the Missouri School for the Blind; not in the least. After all this is fiction book not a history book; an author’s allowed leeway in historical facts. Also, I would assume it spread like wild-fire throughout the blind community. Abbey’s Tale held my attention throughout and did not lag or bog down. With characters fully developed and believable, I found this a relaxing entertaining read.
ABBEY’S TALE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
Finally, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend. In addition, I found Abbey’s Tale suitable for anyone who enjoys a solid romance story. I hope you have found my reviews for romance novel, Abbey’s Tale helpful.
FINALLY PLEASE NOTE:
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