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Moonshine

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A witty, charming romantic comedy from the author of Clouds Among the Stars.
Paperback, 704 pages
Published February 7th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published 2004)
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Aleida Oskam
Ik begon tijdens mijn zomervakantie in Dublin met het lezen van dit boek. Zeker in het begin was het leuk om te lezen omdat ik sommige locaties uit het boek herkende. Toch eenmaal na mijn vakantie pakte het verhaal me niet zo ontzettend meer. Ik kon het makkelijk oppakken om te lezen maar ook zo weer hele weken onaangeroerd laten liggen. Iets meer dan over de helft van het verhaal werd het wel weer interessant maar ook toen bleef ik tussendoor andere boeken lezen. Het laatste deel van het verhaa ...more
Elinor
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: old-houses
This is a long novel but it wasn't long enough for me. I just loved the English heroine and her foray into rural Ireland, where she finds an old house filled with fascinating characters. If you liked Cold Comfort Farm, you will see some parallels, as Bobbie sets about transforming the lives of the oddballs who live in this tumbledown mansion. There's a great love story, too.
Jennifer
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was an epic read! At 905 pages, it's one of the longest books I've read in awhile. But it was well worth it. I found the first 100 pages or so to be a bit slow going but once Bobbie reaches Ireland, the story took off for me. I love character driven British novels and this one did not let me down.

I'm really upset to discover how difficult it is to track down Victoria Clayton's other novels. I've only managed to find one so far and I want to read them all!
Kim Cl
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek begon voor mij veelbelovend. In dit verhaal leren we Bobbie kennen een jonge vrouw met een sterk karakter. Nadat haar affaire met een bekend politicus aan het licht komt, vlucht ze weg naar een kasteel in Ierland om er als huishoudster te gaan werken.

De vertelwijze is zeer leuk, haar verhaal wordt stukje voor stukje onthult met een soort van flashbacks af en toe wat het dynamisch maakt.

Het grootste deel van het boek handelt over haar nieuwe leven als huishoudster met de bewoners van het
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Anneke van Dijken
Lees mijn recensie over dit boek op mijn blog, https://surfingann.blogspot.nl/2016/1.... ...more
Evelyn Evertsen-Romp
zalig, echt van genoten, heerlijk hele mensen, een schrijfster die duidelijk gek op Ierland is en vedel gevoel voor humor heeft
Sue
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018, fiction
This is long novel (almost 700 pages) which takes awhile to get going. The first 150 pages or so explain why the protagonist, Bobbie, is escaping from England to be housekeeper in a remote castle in Ireland. There was a lot of flashback and discussion about the past, and it was hard to see where the story was going.

However, once Bobbie arrives at her destination and gets to know the people she will be working for, it picks up pace. It's a character-based book primarily, but it touches on some im
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Joan Alison Croasdale
One tiny sip

Difficult to decide what drew me in, thoroughly enjoyed every page. Treat yourself to this very good book and find yourself a comfortable chair.
Lillian
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5
Hilary Tesh
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
At 696 pages, this book is too long for its own good! The first 165 pages are spent explaining to Bobbie's travel companion how she came to have an affair with a married politician and why she is running away to Ireland. Then we move into implausible miracle working amongst the inhabitants of a ruinous castle - the author valiantly attempts to include every single Irish stereotype she can think of for 480 pages. From poteen to the IRA, from faithful family retainers to a strict catholic priest - ...more
Marliese
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Clayton is an under-appreciated writer. Although her books fall squarely into the "romance" category, don't go looking for hot and heavy sex scenes or heavy breathing. This is a character driven story...an unfolding so to speak. The setting is a dilapitated castle in Ireland....need I say more?
Gorgeous scenery, terrific (if somewhat eccentric characters and a wonderful heroine. This is the kind of book you snuggle up to on a rainy day with a cup of tea or a glass of wine.

Take my word f
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Rhode
Nov 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me
Blah. I usually like this author not wildly but well enough to settle in for a Sunday afternoon's read. Didn't get more than 100 pages in. I know the other reviewers say it gets better later, but I found the start so off putting -- why does she stay at home with those disgusting parents? Why does the man in the boat spend acres of time ceaselessly listening to her talk on and on and on? -- and the heroines passive attitude toward life, that I just have up. I don't need these depressing people in ...more
Helena
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3 sterren, want als je er één gelezen hebt, heb je ze allemaal gelezen. Alleen de eerste die ik las was een verrassing (en kreeg vier sterren), de rest is gewoon heerlijk leesvoer voor op een zonnige dag in de tuin, of op vakantie, of bij de open haard. Fijne boeken, grappig en met prettige sfeer, kleurrijke personages en altijd een vervallen landhuis waarrond het verhaal zich afspeelt, maar erg voorspelbaar qua afloop.
Michele
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-fiction
I'm just reading this book now on ILL. So far it is good, although it seems to be taking a long time to set the scene & for the main action to begin. It's nearly 700 pages long, so plenty of time left for plot development. I've enjoyed other titles by this author so have high hopes.

This book was good but a lot longer than similar ones in this genre normally are. The characters are appealing & the setting interesting which makes it a fun read.

It was an entertaining book & fun read.
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Margaret
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, a joy to read. The book does take a little while to get into but well worth it. The characters are quite eccentric and so entertaining. Feel rather upset that I've finished it really. First time I have read a book by this author but I will certainly be reading more.
Caroline
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this author so much. All her books are permanently on my shelf for re-reading! Any fan of Rosamunde Pilcher, Marcia Willett, Maeve Binchy, Jane Duncan, DE Stevenson, and Belva Plain should give Miss Clayton a try.
Rachel
Dec 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Far too much back story before the real action. Loved all the cooking and food going on. good read for romantic greedy guts!
Lee
Feb 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, ireland, romance
An over long bit of fluff.
Leonie Koerhuis-Gritter
Leuk boek. Weinig hoogstaands, beetje 'to-good-to-be-true' verhaal wat op sommige punten zo gedetailleerd is dat het zelfs een beetje saai wordt.
Leest wel makkelijk weg.
Jean Dunn
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful.
Joanne
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
While 4 stars is a tad generous, this was a really good summer read. The ending was rather long winded though.
Westerhof Boeken
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evelyn
Dit was echt een heerlijk boek. Ierse humor en liederlijkheid. Mooie beschrijvingen van het landschap. Een leuke hoofdpersoon die van aanpakken weet. Echt een aanrader.
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