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The Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey
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Aug 13, 2011

it was amazing
Read from August 13 to 16, 2011

Sheila McGee is self centered, also beautiful and she lives in a dead end situation in Northern Ireland. She works at a dreary job in a linen mill and even though she wins the title and crown of The Linen Queen, in a contest, she cannot wait for the opportunity to escape to England where she thinks life will be so much better…and she has a plan. When England enters WWII, bringing Northern Ireland along with it, American soldiers come to help and she devises a way to get a one to marry her so that she can leave her country. She meets Joel and it seems that her dreams are coming true. Meanwhile, she battles the trials of her somewhat crazy mother, her mean aunt and her perverted uncle. Also her childhood best friend, Gavin, has a crush on her and is terribly jealous of her new relationship.

What happens is a toss and tumble tale set against the little known, Northern Ireland's participation during the war. The history of that time is fascinating and comes to life, along with Sheila's compelling story and the author's description of the countryside will have you believing you can actually feel the breezes as they cross the green terrains. I read this compelling novel in one day because I literally could not bear to put it down.

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