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Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest

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An epic romance about the naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking. After the opening rejection, Kate recalls her Irish upbringing, her convent education, and her coolly-controlled professional success, before her tsunami-like realisation beside an African river of the emotions she had concealed from herself ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published August 24th 2015 by Garn Press
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Denny Taylor
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the great things about founding Garn Press and becoming a book publisher is publishing books that are so extraordinary you want everyone to have the pleasure of reading them. Ruth Finnegan's novel is breathtaking and I am so glad Garn had the opportunity to publish it.
Black Inked Pearl: A Girl’s Quest is a magical book of lost love — an epic journey, an ancient mystery reinterpreted, a faerie tale, a parable, a poem, a nightmare, a daydream. The question that constantly comes to mind whe
Jennifer (JC-S)
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
‘Just an ordinary girl. In a magical world.’

Meet Kate. An Irish girl who rejects her lover in a moment of panic, and then spends her life seeking him. While Kate’s story might be viewed as relatively straightforward, Ruth Finnegan’s crafting of it is not. Yes, it is a romance, but it isn’t just about a romance between two people. What became clear to me as I followed Kate’s journey was how powerful language is, how important words are and how our interpretations are coloured by our own experienc
Rae Else
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finnegan’s Black Inked Pearl opens with our fifteen-year-old heroine, Kate. From the beginning, our surroundings are dreamlike, or rather, timeless. We are on “Donegal shore by wild Atlantic Sea. Today. Or long ago.” When is Kate? When are we? It doesn’t matter - from the beginning we are swept up in the narrative; one that has no beginning and no end.

We experience the themes of lost love and the quest for identity through Kate’s eyes, but there is a real sense that the reader, and indeed all o
Reader Views
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Ruth Finnegan
Garn Press (2015)
ISBN 9781942146179
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (02/16)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Black Inked Pearl: A Girl’s Quest’ by Ruth Finnegan on Blogcritics.

“Black Inked Pearl: A Girl’s Quest” by Ruth Finnegan is the story of Kate, who, at fifteen years of age, finds true love in a mysterious suitor, but rejects him out of fear. This decision, which she will regret for the rest of her life, sets her off on a quest t
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I thank the author of this book for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

“The Black Inked Pearl,” by Ruth Finnegan, reads like an epic prose-poem that tells the story of a woman named Kate in search of her lover. The story opens crisply, beautifully, asking the first question: Why did Kate lose the love of her life 21 years ago?

The author has the Irish gift of lyricism, managing to blend modern and ancient techniques in a stream-of-consciousness narrative that pulls up
Melissa ownsbey
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
a beatfuil delightful book
magically and mystically spirtaully charged
I enjoyed this so much
the poerty was great to
Donna Chadwick
First of all l would like to say a big thank you to Ruth finnegan for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it l was sent this book in exchange for a honest review l am glad this book is on my bookshelf l would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you don't read books like this l normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with auth ...more
Jennifer Lara
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
When I received the email invite to read Black-inked pearl: A girl’s quest by Ruth Finnegan, I was intrigued by the description: “An epic romance about the naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking.” A story about a lost love and a lifetime spent searching for it again. The opening chapter was breathtaking and I loved the imagery of the search, turning back to find your love has gone. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish it.
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Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lucky that i won this book through goodreads. Special thanks to the fabulous author, Ruth Finnegan, for providing me with the opportunity to read this.

My first impressions of the book were great. It really was enjoyable to read. The book is a decent sized one and it took me a week to get through it. The writer has a real knack for description.
This was a great read so i gladly give it four stars and Black inked pearl was something much different from my usual genres. I still gave it a go a
Oct 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I've no idea how on earth anyone could possibly read this book. I honestly don't. The writing is stilted, out of touch, out of focus. Half of it isn't even punctuated correctly. I couldn't make heads or tales of this book. Definitely not a book I'll ever attempt to read again!

**I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for my honest review.**
Jessica Smith
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I am torn with this book and what I mean is that, as someone who has an English Lit degree and as always loved reading and story and dissecting it to find all these hidden images and meaning, this book is a jackpot. It will remind you of how tales were written centuries ago, especially since it is written in a kind of epic poem style. Yet at the same time, the average consumer may find the book confusing and slow. Examples of this would be how in the start of the book the narrator, Katie, narrat ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-prose, fantasy
“Black-Inked Pearl: A Girl’s Quest” is a poetic journey that straddles the border between reality and dream-like fantasy when Kate a naive Irish girl rejects the man she loves at fifteen until she has a revelation on the bank of an African river, and realizes the depth of her feelings for him. In an airy flight of fantasy that begins with Kate’s past, her convent education, her professional success and her awakening to the love she discarded, she begins a quest not only to find him only to disco ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a challenging book to get through. The writing style used was poetic and beautiful, but some moments were difficult to get through while still maintaining complete understanding. The beginning is slow and the diction used gets confusing, but it's also delicate and wonderful and full of sentences that fill you to the brim with wonder. Kate finds herself running away from commitment as a young woman and goes on a self-discovery journey which causes her to understand that the young man she ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, this is one of the most maverick stories about a 15-year girl named Kate. Story begins in the wonderful village of Ireland Donegal Stand. Although at a glance you may feel that some of the sentences don't really make sense but the whole book is about a girl who is against all the mediocrities of the world. She knows the way of the world and has her own idea of much more refined things in life but as it would not be understood she makes up her own way. In a way, this book also stan ...more
Laurie Thomas
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Black Inked Pearl is not a typical love story. It’s written in a poetic form with lots of what I assumed were made up words that often made very little sense to me although the author did include in the back a list of terms (not made up) that helped me understand quite a bit. If you have never read Shakespeare and don’t have a interest in unique English this book is going to be very hard to follow. There were parts of it where I was confused, but I managed to understand it in later chapters. It ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
****I am voluntarily reviewing this book, as provided by Fast and Free Reviews.****

So I really, really struggled with this book. I actually have little to no idea of what the book was about because I was so detached to the story and writing structure. I know it was a love story, I can't tell if it was biblical or of the fantastical elements (if any) of the story.

The parts throughout, that I did understand, were pretty, but I just didn't connect or understand what the author was trying to portray
Ann Agayan
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are deeply rooted into the earth and can hardly take off and fly... you will be confused. If it’s difficult to find yourself in this timeless environment ... you will be lost. If you have never considered it’s worth to devote yourself to searching your true love that you did not acknowledge once... it’ s not your journey.
But if you are ready to be swept into the epic verse full of poetry and including love and longing, guilt and yearning, regret and joy of heaven re- found, sorrow and uni
Chelsea DeVries
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very hard to follow; could not finish for a detailed review. not sure what to make of the main character
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Okay so this book took me forever to get through. Its not that it wasn't for me, it in my personal opinion was the worst book that I've read this year. I can pinpoint exactly what I didn't like though. Normally its something like it just wasn't something that I would read...however this book was just written badly.

It felt extremely jumpy and as though you were missing a lot of the story. I found myself reread parts or going back and making sure that I didn't miss something. From page one it
Trully Sunee
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is a pearl when we are first born and then as time passes we get black inked. This is one major them I get from this story. The story lets Kate's life unfold, her experiences. Kate can find no peace when looking at her past experiences of seeing the way ignorance, anger, hatred, desires all create chaos in others lives. She wants everyone to have peace and she wants to rid of the darkness that always seems so close. She wants to feel more and more of a connection with God but for some reas ...more
Elizabeth Ehlen
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate made a mistake. She was too afraid to embrace true love when she had it. Now she will spend a lifetime searching for it and she will travel from the gates of heaven to the depths of hell to find him. But if she does, will he even take her back?

If you are a fan of epic poetry, lyrical metaphors and a strange mixture of allusions from Shakespeare and Milton you will utterly fall under the spell of Black Inked Pearl. While this is not necessarily my preferred genre I do recognize the nuances
Robin Goodfellow
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
-I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The epic fantasy, Black-Inked Pearl by Ruth Finnegan, tells the tale of a woman named Kate, who travels to Heaven, Hell, Eden, and the Kingdom of Beasts in the hopes of reuniting with her mysterious lover, whom she had rejected many years ago. The book deals with Kate’s love and self-worth, and uses a kaleidoscope of whimsical phrases and beautifully haunting analogies to do so.

The book begins with Kate’s childhood as a young girl,
Мария Райкова
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Black Inked Pearl: A Girls Quest by Ruth Finnegan is a truly dramatic love story about searching and rejecting, about dreams and reality and all the sacred emotions that control us when love is around.
The story is almost on the fantasy side but also so close to the real world. It’s kind of an inner battle between mind and heart. It’s about a young Irish girl who finds the love of her life but refuses to accept it. She is starting a great journey between earth, heaven and hell trying to find, ac
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, poems
This is a more challenging read, as it is written very much like poetry. The style is very unique, much how I imagine people first thought of Shakespeare during his time. The english is contrastive, and I think it’s meant to be read and interpreted to each individual reader. Unfortunately, I think it lead to me not understanding a large portion of the book. Although, I have had books I have felt the same way about, that I understood more each time I reread the book, so it is possible that this i ...more
Margaret Chadwick
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the author. This book was sent to me through Bostick Communications. Ruth Finnegan, the author, sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Ruth Finnegan
Title: Black Inked Pearl
Genre: Romance

Synopsis: An epic romance about the naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects and then spends her life seeking. Beside an African river, Kate realises both her emotions and her passionate and consuming love for the man she rejected. Th
Romuald Dzemo
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest by Ruth Finnegan is a tantalizing romance set in a world caught between dream and wakefulness. Kate is still young and naïve when she falls in love and rejects her lover. But as time passes by, she begins to understand that she couldn't live without him, so she sets out on an odyssey to find him and give him a second chance. She will visit unusual places, make strange encounters in a bit to find the love of her life. But it will be in hell that she will have the ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
The novel is told in stream-of-conscious style to give the reader a dreamlike quality while reading. I think the author accomplished this goal. It is very much like being in someone's dream. Some parts are fragmented and others poetical. I do have to say this is also one of the main reasons I did not end up liking the book. Because of the style chosen to write the story, I had a difficult time connecting to it. I think that is more personal preference. It just did not work for me.

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