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Dancing to an Irish Reel
Although Hailey works in Galway City, she lives in the rural area of Connemara, an area steeped in history and famous f ...more
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I loved how Claire Fullerton parallels the romance of Hailey, the L.A. music exec who has escaped to Ireland and Liam Hennessey, the young traditional Irish musician and Claire's romance with Ireland itself.
As she learns and grows to understand Ireland so does she begin to understand Liam.
The imagery of the setting in Ireland is perfect. The characters are real, and you can tell the author knows these people and how they really ar ...more
A short, crisp prologue tells us with plausibility how the narrator came to leave Los ...more
The author we ...more
This book has been on my TBR for a long time and I was happy to finally be able to read it. And all I can say is that I wish I had read it sooner. The book is almost lyrical in its language as the author discusses everything from fate to music to travel in Ireland. All of this is wrapped in a tentative romance between an American woman and an Irish man, and I don't know when I last read a book that so perfectly captures the uncertainty of new romance. I highly recommend the book. ...more
The story revolves around Hailey, an American with celtic roots, and is told from her perspective. She came to Ireland on holiday and stayed on, working as part of a team of four, for the Galway Music Centre, looking for, and helping, aspiring musicians. Hailey has settled into the community and is getting used to the laid back approach, differences in lifestyle and the small town feel where everyone knows everyone else’s business. She’s made good friends, most notably Shannon who also works ...more
The struggle she finds at work is mirrored in her private life when she meets Liam. Liam is the type of man who could be described as unattainable and he appears to make himself deliberately so.
Their relationship can be described as one that never quite takes ...more
Hailey is a strong person who tends to tell it as she sees it. She is not afraid to explore on her own, or travel by herself. When she meets Liam Hennesey, an accordi ...more
The characters are well-drawn, quirky, and unique. The story follows Hailey, a young American, as she navigates a maybe on/maybe off relationship with an Irish musician who struggles wi ...more
Their relationship is complicated. Liam fully immerses himself in his music. The music lives through him. He is more of a loner. He doesn't give of himself and his emotions to others. Hailey is a puzzle to him to figure out. He doesn't know how to handle t ...more
Claire Fullerton has Ireland in her heart and on her mind and in her bones. And Dancing to an Irish Reel, her heartcatching novel about that country, captures so much about the many-spendoured and mystical land that it is. I've lived in Ireland for most of my life and in the three days I took to read this book I absorbed things about my country that left me in awe of Fullerton. On one level this is a gripping and unpredictable love story but on several other levels it reac ...more
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What drew me into Claire Fullerton’s book was the fresh and reflective narrative sung to us by her protagonist, Hailey, an American young woman quite suddenly immersed in an Irish culture so rich in rural tradition and language nuance that it almost seems as if she has been dropped into a previous century. Her love interest with the beautiful but conflicted Irish musician Liam seems but a subplot to the deeper story of Hailey’s budding romance with the Irish people, culture,...more
Dancing to an Irish Reel is written in the first person, and the writing is so intimate you can imagine yourself actually chatting to Hailey. Hailey being the main character. I loved how I was able to connect with Hailey and her feelings beca ...more
Hailey worked in the music business in LA and when she wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life, she took a vacation in Ireland. She ended up being offered a job at the Galway Mus ...more
The title refers not only to traditional music but also to the dance Claire and Liam go through in the ...more
For example, the main character, Hailey, is wondering about her chance encounter with Liam Hennesey and instead of simply saying, "Hey, must have been fate, dontcha know." ...more
Liam is a great guy but lives in the past and doesn’t always stay in the moment. He continuously examines the past t ...more
It was many years ago that I landed in Ireland and stuck out my thumb looking for rides. I’d just graduated with a shiny new diploma in Anglo Irish Lit, and it was time to see what I’d spent all those years studying. My advisor claimed that the best way to see Ireland was to hitchhike. And he w ...more
Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton tells the story of Hailey, an American who lands a job at a music centre in Ireland. Hailey helps local musicians organize their careers at the music centre, but she also has friends at the centre as well. Throughout the story Hailey helps her friends, she thrives in the culture and landscape of Ireland, and she relays the beautiful land and the residents of Ireland through introspection, providing ins ...more
>I received this novel from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock. I am an independent reviewer. This is a standalone novel.
>Hailey is from Los Angeles, but is now living and working in Ireland. This story starts out like a creamy cup of hot chocolate. Small sips to get the reader involved in the story, lead to relaxing warmth as the cocoa is being savored. The descriptions of Ireland and their customs were so interesting to read ...more
What I enjoyed - Fullerton's lovely clean prose. She brings out the mystical, lyrical side to Ireland from a stranger's point of view, and the communicative powers of ...more
Along with Hailey, the American protagonist, readers meet Liam, the other main character, early on, and like her, we keep wondering when we’ll see him again. The gradual way their relationship develops adds suspense to the boo ...more
"I think music is an intuitive language. People either speak it, or they don't. What I like best about music is for people who understand the language, very little else matters to the same degree." This quote from the beginning portion of Dancing to an Irish Reel puts into words the theme ...more