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Seventeen-year old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their ...more
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Published September 19th 2012 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Mar 05, 2015 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it it was ok
Shelves: faeries
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Englishrose
Feb 14, 2013 Englishrose rated it it was amazing
I must say, the author really pulled you into this hypnotizing story, making what would seem unreal into something understandable. The story was entrancing as it detailed the faerie world and the spell it casts over both Brigid and the reader. Brigid and Connell's story, as well as the faerie characters weave a beautiful and tender romance that is nevertheless fierce and indomitable. The side characters and village create the perfect setting for the private story faced by the main characters. ...more
Heather
Feb 03, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc
This is an old style fairy tale, where the faeries are all trickery and empty promises. You can't eat anything there without getting stuck there and they have a very dark side. These are the kind that steal babies and women and Brigid has been marked for having seen the Faerie Queen. In the eyes of the villagers, she is just as bad as being a fae folk and they shun her at best, torture her at worst. So when she turns 17 and her mother thinks the most eligible bachelor in town, the miller Connell ...more
M.J. Moores
Nov 16, 2013 M.J. Moores rated it it was amazing
To Dance In Liradon is the story of 17 year old village outcast, Brigid, and the repercussions in her life due to a chance encounter with the Faerie Queen as a child. Her link to the world of faerie wavers with her sense of duty and understanding of love.

Clarke expertly builds the reality of small village life in this tale of magic and wonder. Readers will readily fall into step beside Brigid, Connell, and the fair folk, as the story highlights the best and worst of both worlds. The craft of wo
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Maria
Jan 21, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

A heroine who dreams of love, a hero who's never learned to say sweet nothings, and the enchanted land of the "Faire Folk" all play a part in To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke. Likable characters, the conflict of a town caught between the superstitions of the past and the introduction of Chritianity, and a heroine who's not fully human, make for a cap
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Simona
Jan 27, 2013 Simona rated it really liked it
I have read this book at the ending of 2012 but did not get the chance to review it until now.

I want to say that it was a really nice book, different from those that I have recently read(which I am soo soo bored with btw!).

Clarke's writing style is really beautiful and lyrical, taking you back to the old days.

The action revolves around seventeen-year old Brigid who dreams of a love that is found only in fairytales. This book is emphasizing a really important thing that is also happening in the r
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Julie
Jan 03, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Ebook: To Dance in Liradon
Author: Adrienne Clarke
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Summary: Seventeen-year-old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But wh
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Sarah Briggs
Jul 21, 2013 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I've mentioned this before, but I always loved myths and fairy tales when I was younger. I don't read so many now, but I still look back on them quite fondly.

I really did like this book. It took me a little while to fully emphasise with Brigid, but I did wind up feeling quite sorry for her with how the people in the village treated her. There were some moments where I was a bit confused,
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 Stars

I never know what I'll find when I review an Indie book. I have read some that have had a good premise, but no execution and lots of grammar and spelling issues. Those just frustrate me. I had seen To Dance in Liradon positively reviewed on another blog, although I can't remember where. When the author asked if I would review it for her and that it was clean, I was more than happy to do so.

I have to give kudos to the author. There are some missing words here and there, but nothing that
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Sandy
Nov 02, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook, own
Who doesn’t want to find true love? The fantasy of finding that one person who fulfills our every dream and makes our heart skip a beat is something I think we all desire in our lifetime. If we could find that someone could we abandon our everyday life and just live in the halo of that other person? Could we frolic and bask in the glory of true love and life would then take care of itself? What about the responsibilities that fall upon our shoulders to just survive and be a productive member of ...more
Lyla
Jan 13, 2013 Lyla rated it it was amazing
This review may contain spoilers.

This is a story about thinking the grass is greener on the other side and not seeing what you have in front of you. Although set in a long ago time (and the author does an incredible job of staying in that long ago time, never ruining the moment with a modern word or phrase), the message is important for today’s girls and women. Is true love a gorgeous man with pretty words? Or is true love the man who stays by you through thick and thin, even if he is plain and
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Jessica Carroll (Novel Words by Jessica)
"You will never forget us, not for the rest of your life."

This quote from the book To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke sums up my exact feelings after reading this truly wonderful story. From the first page to the last, this book will draw you in and capture your heart forever. The author's writing style & descriptive details will transport you to a world trapped in time and you will fall in love with her characters and their magical story.

This book is appropriate for YA readers as well a
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Autumn
Sep 10, 2013 Autumn rated it it was amazing
I received this book to give an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book, I am not too big on fairies but this story had me hooked. I wanted to find out what Brigid was going to do, what were her choices going to be. Brigid grew up like a normal child until she met the Fairy Queen, when she met her she became an outcast.Anything to do with the faeries is a big no-no you should not even speak their name. The village believed her to be cursed. So she stays to herself, until Connell a chil
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Claire Taylor
Nov 20, 2012 Claire Taylor rated it it was amazing
Adrienne Clarke
To Dance in Liradon

Brigid doesn’t have it easy, after meeting the fairy queen when she was a child the villagers see her as cursed and brings bad luck to all those around her. Connell could be her shining knight, as the village miller she may be accepted if they marry. Unfortunately though, a fairy takes Connell’s place and asks her to live in Liradon, where she can dance forever and never grow old.

The story is incredibly well written, and the characters develop significantly as
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Honest Variety Books
Dec 12, 2012 Honest Variety Books rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book and was reading it every chance I got! Brigid is thought to be an outcast in her village because of her meeting with the Faery Queen. The villagers believed it was the cause of her father's death when she was young. Now she has to determine what true love really is. This book was much like that of a fairy tale and even though Brigid didn't pick the same happily ever after I would have chosen she did get her happily ever after and in a fairy tale that's what counts.

Like mo
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The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}
Oct 25, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight} rated it it was amazing
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Review of To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke
5 Stars

I loved reading this book for its lyrical writing and poetic imagery, its easy suspension of disbelief, and the multitude of instances of tension in which the reader feels balanced on a tightrope (will the character fall this way? Or that way?) such as between Brigid and the Faery Queen, Brigid and Lord Osin, Brigid and Connor, or in many other instances. This tension keeps reader’s attention, because we really don’t know what “will happen n
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Sammy Dean
Aug 13, 2013 Sammy Dean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won-books
Truly a enjoyable read. This book is a classic fairy tale, set during a time where tales of magic and fairies could be believed as real. Brigid is a classical girl, growing up on the fairy tales that she heard growing up as a child. Her greatest wish is to be with her true love and would wait for that no matter what. This book engaging, really pulls you in and tells the story about how she gets what she wants in the end, but not in the way she ever dreamed of. It's truly a magical story with a ...more
Judy Thomas
Feb 12, 2013 Judy Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mg
To Dance in Liradon is a true faerie tale--a beautiful tale of true love.

Brigid dreams of finding her true love--but has trouble seeing who he might be. Raised on her father's stories of true love, she knows there is something for her--but what is only revealed after much searching.

The tension builds throughout the story and the reader is pulled right along with Brigid as she learns the true meaning of love. Kudos to the author on a riveting first novel. I'll be keeping my eye out for more book
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InD'tale Magazine
Ms. Clarke’s fairy tale is a light, wonderfully engaging story that drips with lovely descriptive language and draws the reader in to the world of Liradon.

Read full review in the 2012 Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Laura Popazzi
Oct 22, 2012 Laura Popazzi rated it really liked it
Imaginative and well crafted. Not your average love story.
Catharine Leggett
Oct 04, 2012 Catharine Leggett rated it it was amazing
Brigid O’Flynn is drawn to and torn by many kinds of love. "To Dance in Liradon" begins with Brigid’s passionate proclamation that she doesn’t love the man her mother wishes her to marry. She seeks the kind of love that will capture her heart, a pure and perfect love that will last a lifetime, a love that will hit the high notes and never falter. Does such love exist? And isn’t that, after all, what we all desire?

Mary O’Flynn wants her daughter to marry the steadfast, loyal and hardworking Conne
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Victoria
Feb 12, 2013 Victoria rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
To Dance in Liradon is a magical book. The reader is brought on a journey into a whole new world, somewhere that parallels Earth, but yet, is just so different. The Faerie world is a beautiful place that I think many of us would just wish to visit. A place without sadness, where there's only dancing, laughter and happiness. I enjoyed reading this book and just being brought into another world.

What I really enjoyed about this book was the characters. They felt real to me. I loved the struggles th
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Heather Compeau
Oct 27, 2012 Heather Compeau rated it it was amazing



Who doesn't want to escape their stark reality into a world of pleasure, beauty, and love? Life with the Fair Folk sounds tempting indeed! But all is not what it seems.

Ever since she was touched by the Faerie Queen as a child, Brigid O'Flynn, has been an outcast from her village. As her sole support, her mother is worried for her daughter’s future and tries to ground Bridget’s romantic dreams by convincing her to marry the local steadfast miller, Connell Mackenna. Seeking acceptance from her vil
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo...

To Dance in Liradon is a faery tale… not of the Disney version with fairy godmothers and dancing mice, but like the darker faery tales of Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm. The fae are not to be trusted–as 17-year-old Brigid found out to her sorrow. As a child, she had met the Queen of the Fae after picking a flower for her mother–only to find out that keeping it came with a price–the death of her father. This was particul
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Jane
Nov 08, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, to-review, 4
To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke

4 Stars

Brigid wants the dream, a knight in shining armour to whisk her away on his white horse and love her unconditionally, but she can’t help but be drawn to the forest’s hidden depths. Fascinated by the faerie Queen and the delights of the forest she can’t stay away, and this fascination has turned her into the village outcast.. Brigids mother wants her to marry Connell the local miller who for his own reasons agrees to the union with the girl no-one else
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Daemon
Aug 07, 2013 Daemon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any young female
I wouldn't read it again, but it is a good book. I don't reread often as I have said. I did find it a bit slow at times, and tedious at others, but it was overall a good book that made up for the bad parts. I did enjoy the ending of the book quite a lot. Yes I do suggest picking up a copy. It is worth the read. The lead character was an interesting character. The two male leads are an interesting pair that never interact with each other. It's an old style Fairy Tale and not the Disney prettified ...more
Jack Bessie
Jul 04, 2014 Jack Bessie rated it it was amazing
I read this a year ago, as a judge for the Global eBook awards. I was delighted by it even though the story makes a lot of sudden shifts. I never knew where it was going and a couple of times I had to back up,because I missed something, (You get reading very fast, as it's quite interesting!). Still, the writing is very nice, and well done. It was listed as Otherworld Fantasy, but is 100% Romantic Fantasy!
It's a great blend of romance and fairys! Well worth reading!
Rose Vanden Eynden
Dec 07, 2012 Rose Vanden Eynden rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully-written story of love and deception set on the edges of the Faerie lands. Adrienne Clark knows how to spin a good yarn and how to craft a lovely sentence. Her prose is filled with gorgeous imagery that paints a beguiling picture for the reader. If you're looking for a faerie tale to transport you into another world, this is the book for you!
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Adrienne Clarke
Feb 13, 2013 Adrienne Clarke rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I think I became a writer because the world inside my head was so real and vivid, sometimes more so than the outside world. In some sense I have lived parallel lives, present in my real and imaginary lives in different ways. Because much of my childhood was spent searching for faeries or reading about them, it is natural that my work would encompass faerie tale themes and other magical elements. ...more
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