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 today 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, journey across the water just before a storm. As fate would have it, their boat capsizes and Jeremy does 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 Abby 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 comes out of his shell and faces the world. Abbey’s small world of the village, expands as she grows more confident. Seen by the world as disabled, Jeremy sees only the woman he loves and Abbey sees the man she loves and 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. McDermott also raised the treatment the Irish received crossing the Atlantic, as well as, small snips of history on the potato famine in Ireland. I found this very informative and interesting. Furthermore, the pace of the story’s in line with the length of the book. Every good story needs a villain, 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 romance book reviews, of Abbey’s Tale, I found a solid, clean, easy to read, romance. Even though this book begins in 1869, it did not bother me that braille was probably in its infancy. Braille did not appear in America until 1860 at the Missouri School For The Blind. After all, this is fiction book not a history book; an author‘s allowed leeway in historical facts. Also, I would assume braille spread like wild-fire throughout the blind community. Abbey’s Tale held my attention throughout. McDermott’s scenes transitioned smoothly and seamlessly. With characters fully developed and believable, I found this a relaxing entertaining read. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself 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.
ABBEY’S TALE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest review for romance novel, Abbe’s Tale. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not affect my voluntary reviews for romance novel, Abbey’s Tale.
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