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The Crows of Beara

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Along the windswept coast of Ireland, a woman discovers the landscape of her own heart

When Annie Crowe travels from Seattle to a small Irish village to promote a new copper mine, her public relations career is hanging in the balance. Struggling to overcome her troubled past and a failing marriage, Annie is eager for a chance to rebuild her life.

Yet when she arrives on the
Published September 1st 2017 by Ashland Creek Press
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Julie Christine Hi Jennifer,

Bear-uh/Bare-uh is how it sounds to my ears when I hear it pronounced in Ireland. Thank you for asking! And sorry it took so long to…more
Hi Jennifer,

Bear-uh/Bare-uh is how it sounds to my ears when I hear it pronounced in Ireland. Thank you for asking! And sorry it took so long to respond- I only just now saw your question!

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Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 "healing, spiritual, fragile" stars !

In essence this is a book of romance, finding personal serenity and connecting to the authentic in nature, in other and in self. Julie Johnson writes this book from a place of deep compassion for not only our fellow humans but our environment and the many beautiful creatures that we share our earth with whether they be domestic or wild. Her prose is careful, vibrant and often deeply moving. She takes the reader by the hand and transports them to the Beara
Elyse  Walters
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was crying by 13%...
If you can stay with me- I’ll try to explain.
I was already in a sensitive mood, before I stated this. I’m trying to solve some problems that I’m failing at... and the hate crimes in the news right now - along with having just finished “The Street Sweeper”, were all pulling on my emotions.

An ‘agony- shadow’ keeps following me everywhere, lately.

Yet the first day I started this book...stopping at only 10%, because life was calling me...
I was sooo happy/ and
Julie Christine
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Darlings, this is my novel. Second novel. It's really happening. Oh my goodness. September 2017. Cannot wait to share with everyone!
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A simple romance doesn't have my interest as such, but the love for Ireland came through and that I love (and share). The beautiful poem by Padraig Pearse woven in with a bit of mysticism made it a worthwhile read.
Barbara White
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, powerful book that reminded me of one of my favorite movies, LOCAL HERO, but with a darker, more compelling edge. I read this novel in one sitting, captivated by the song of the rugged Irish setting, the lure of two tortured souls trying to rebuild their lives after tragedy and addiction, the undercurrents of resilience and hope. I cannot rave enough about this poetic, slightly mystical tale of second chances and the importance of listening to your heart. An outstanding read on ...more
Heather Cobham
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I read it in 3 days and was pulled in by both the story and the setting. I enjoyed the integration of celtic folklore and a touch of magical realism. The characters were well developed, with strengths and personalities that I connected with and flaws that made them feel real. Will be reading more from this author!!
Bianca Bowers
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When one of your best-loved Authors writes about your most-treasured bird and publishes with an independent vegan publisher of ecofiction, it is impossible for this reader to curb her enthusiasm.
“Two small crows reach with red feet and alight on the Hag. They dance along her spine with measured, delicate steps to the music of instinct.”
This lyrical excerpt from The Crows of Beara, Julie Christine Johnson’s second novel, epitomises the irresistible language that drew me to Johnson’s Chalk the
DJ Sakata
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

Her self-respect was like a broken plate badly glued and in use again.

In one moment, the façade torn down. It was like being outed as a spy by another agent. A relief. At last she could drop the pretense and slip into a familiar language. “How long have you been sober?”

An old woman beamed up at her. She was like a wren, tiny and round with spindly limbs, bundled in soft browns. Annie could see her pink scalp, mottled with age spots, through the fleecy curls wound tightly against
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
3.5 STARS - The Crows of Beara is a romantic tale of two lost souls set in the beauty of Ireland. With Johnson's vivid descriptions of the Emerald Isle, readers can easily picture the cliffs, the small town feel and imagine the brogue of the residents as they sit down for a pint of Guiness in the local pub.

This is very much a character driven novel with the story focusing around Annie and Daniel - two damaged and flawed characters who have lived through much and lost even more. They were a
Zan Marie Steadham
Poetry and magic pervade this amazing romance. If you've ever found a home place, you'll understand. Get this one now!
Susan Schultz
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All too short...

I tried to make the book last longer so that I could stay in Ireland a bit longer. It pulled at my heart strings numerous times. A beautiful story, Julie!
Leslie Lindsay
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous landscapes intermingle with the moods, magic, and mysticism of southwest Ireland in this story of self-discovery and environmentalism.

Julie Christine Johnson has a gift for writing lush, glittery prose.Each and every word is literally dripping with spark. And her stories are as much self-discovery as they are armchair travel. Having been to both Ireland and France (where her first book, IN ANOTHER LIFE is set), I can attest to her vividly capturing both the 'feel' and setting of each
Jenny Williams
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE CROWS OF BEARA centers on two places close to my heart—Seattle and Ireland—and so I was perhaps predisposed to sink happily into its current. But you don’t have to love rain or Guinness or wild, windswept coasts to be seduced by the delicate intermingling of Irish mythology, environmentalism, and love that are entangled at the heart of this novel. BEARA’s romantic storyline feels to me purer and more straightforward than that of IN ANOTHER LIFE, Johnson’s first novel, and I’d argue more ...more
Leslie Ferguson
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Julie Johnson captures in words the images of Seattle and Ireland - so much so that I feel like I've gone back to those places. Her characters are very human and capture your attention. She artfully paints a picture of the challenges of real life and brings the characters to life in a believable way. Having spent time in Ireland, Scotland, and Northwest England the imagery and picturesque descriptions of the countryside ring clear. She also brings current events into a story, making a commentary ...more
Sarah McMahon
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Like with this author's other novels, I was quickly pulled into the setting of the story, this time peaceful Ireland. I felt inspired by the main character and feminist storyline, and I look forward to sharing this book with other strong women in my life.
This story was ideal for brief reading here and there-- 5 minutes in the work day or on my train ride home, when I needed to let my mind run for a few. The storyline is deep, with more and more uncovered as you go, but still
Shelley Gingrich
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stayed awake until 3 a.m. because I could not put this book down. I was so deeply involved in the lives of Annie and Daniel that I had to be certain they made the right choices. In this novel the reader encounters addiction, tragedy, ancient tales that still ring true, environmental concerns vs. economical concerns, the wild and wondrous landscapes of Ireland, love, lust and corruption. But what spoke most deeply to this reader's heart was the reminder that broken things can often become ...more
Anna Quinn
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Loved that Julie Christine Johnson carried us to the gorgeous Irish landscape and captured its moods, magic and nuances with her precise and passionate language. Loved that she dared to push against such extraordinary beauty with the darker aspects of grief, addiction and environmental exploitation. Made the story as real and wild as Ireland itself. I will recommend this Crows of Beara to all who walk into my bookstore.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you know as soon as you start a book that you’re in safe hands with an author. The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson gave me that feeling right from the opening pages.

The story is told from the points of view of Annie and Daniel. This gives the reader insight into their thoughts – often at odds with what they actually say to each other – and their misunderstanding of each other’s motives and feelings. Annie and Daniel are both damaged: through personal history of addiction,
The more books I read about Ireland--especially the ones featuring remote locations and quaint villages--the more I want to travel there. The Crows of Beara made that urge all the stronger with its setting on the Beara Peninsula. It is described so well and with such appreciative detail by the author that I could picture the rugged and rocky coastline and verdant green hills in my mind. Annie is recently out of rehab (not much of a spoiler as we find out that information pretty quickly). Her ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have never been to Ireland or Seattle yet I now feel like I have. Julie Christine Johnson made these places come alive to me while reading this book. I could picture the stunning mountains, the rolling hills, the small quaint town, and the beautiful water views. Even the language made Ireland come alive to me. I loved how in one part she actually explained how to pronounce words.

Onto the characters… Annie and Daniel, sigh. They are wonderful. I love how they both are struggling with being in
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author has a way of drawing you into the characters almost from the opening sentence. If you haven’t experienced some of the raw emotions of Annie Crowe, you know someone who has. The ability to tell a story, that transports to you a different place or time, to place you with the characters in the story itself, is a gift that not all authors have. Julie can and does. You will find yourself on the windswept shores of Ireland, hiking the shoreline, feeling the ocean spray. Enjoy; you’re about ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2017
4.5 stars. "The Crows of Beara" is the story of Annie and Daniel, two damaged souls brought together in Ireland on the Beara Peninsula, a gorgeous wilderness. They will be thrown together in ways that they cannot begin to imagine in the beginning and each of them will be called to define what recovery looks like to each of them. This book had great characters and a fantastic setting and made for a great read.

I am drawn to imperfect characters. They feel more real and they are certainly more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Crows of Beara was my favorite since I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah when it first came out. I rank Julie's book right up there with Kristin's book. The Crows of Beara drew me in from the very first page. I felt like I was a part of the story and right along side of each character. I could visualize every bit of the Ireland scenery. Julie's description was that detailed. As for the characters in the book I felt emotion with each word spoken. It's like I could hear them talk. The ...more
David Cohn
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As Lush and Gorgeous as the Irish Coast Itself

Why go off in search of invented magical lands? Julie Christine Johnson once again uses her unerring sense of place to immerse us in a beautiful and enchanted, yet very real world right here on earth. In irresistible, captivating language, Johnson brings to life the stark coastline of southwest Ireland and the people who have lived there for untold generations.

And into that world she brings Annie and Daniel, as beautiful and tragic as the land
Colleen Maclennan
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book of love: between two unlike but similar characters and the love of living in a small rural Irish community where nature and friends are still important. Escaping her addictive and haunting past a woman finds solace in a scenic Irish community. Living there she meets a man who is struggling with the same type of past. In a mystical way they bond and find a life together. Beautiful descriptions of this Irish coastline .
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I now want to travel to Ireland and visit the places that the author describes so well. Hopefully there will be a sequel as I want to know what happens to Daniel, Annie and the other characters
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book with its lush descriptions of the Irish landscape alongside a little touch of enchanting folklore weaved into the raw personal struggles of the characters. The deep passion that ties them together makes for a captivating read.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hiraeth-ireland
Maybe it's because I feel the same hiraeth for Ireland as the author herself, but I loved this one. It was beautifully evocative, unexpected, and sweetly sad.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story about being lost and then being found. How you sometimes have to have setback in order to find out where to go forward.
Annie Crowe is a recovering alcoholic and though it seems like her life should be coming together, it is falling apart at the seams. Annie's marriage has ended due to her actions while being an addict and now her prestigious job at a PR firm is at risk. In order to simultaneously escape her failed marriage and try to get her career on track, Annie takes a high-risk assignment in Ireland. On the shores of Ireland, in the remote Beara Peninsula, Annie is supposed to get the townspeople to agree ...more
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Julie's short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; River Poets Journal, in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words.