The Beach at Doonshean
Long ago, on a windswept Irish beach, a young father died saving the life of another man's child.
Thirty years later, his widow, Julia, decides to return to this wild corner of Ireland to lay the past to rest. Her journey sparks others: her daughter Bel, an artist, joins her mother in Ireland, while son Matt and daughter-in-law Rachel,...more
A father William saved the life of another man's son and lost his life in the bargain. 30 years later, his wife Julia came back to the same beach where she met with the child saved, now a grown man, Tom.
My first book by author Penny Feeny, I loved the landscapes of the beach of Ireland, where the tag line tha ...more
‘At its lowest ...more
The characters were all fully developed and people who I enjoyed meeting via the printed page.
"Were all families the same, Bel wondered: existing in a delicate state of checks and balances, compromise and negotiation?"
The settings were deftly described and easily imagined by the reader. The beautiful Irish landscape near the sea and the suburba ...more
Many years ago, Julia lost her first husband - and the father of her son - to a freak accident on an Irish beach. Understandably, she has never returned .. until now. Having recently retired and now divorced from her second husband with whom she has a daughter, she has swapped residences with her now adult son, his wife and their young lad giving her an apartment in the ...more
First time reading this Author and thoroughly enjoyed this book
A fabulous story of love reflection and soul searching throughly enjoyed it and can highly recommend.
It didn't take me long at all to become addicted to reading this book. In fact a ...more
Thirty years ago, on a windswept beach, a brave and valiant young man had not hesitated to give his life to save another. When he had seen a young child fighting for their life, this young father had selflessly brought a child back from the brink of death and su ...more
August 15, 2019
Julia and William Wentworth, a young Irish couple lived near the beach at Doonshean. After stopping for a drink with their son, Matt, they started having a discussion of sorts that found them at ends with each other. William was tired of the talk and said he was heading home. Julia sat for awhile with Matt thinking over words spoken. William drove near the beach at Doonshean when he noticed a scuttle of people on the shore running and shouting. He ...more
The book follows 2 storylines which although they are linked could read as seperate stories. It explores how actions and events in the past impact on families as the years ...more
It's now thirty years later and the story fast forwards to that same beach and town in Irel ...more
The quality that resonates from this story is the family’s dysfunction. Superficially, Julia’s family seems normal, but dig a little deeper and the cracks appear. The characters are believable because they are flawed, and in some cases unlikable. Ronnie’s family is also divided. Her sons left at the first opportunity, and never fulfilled her hopes for them. Especi ...more
The story is about how a single action has far-reaching repercussions for all concerned, a great well-written family sage showing that we are all dysfunctional in our own right.
Brilliantly written as always tha ...more
A great emotional saga, an ideal summer read.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an hone ...more
I loved the plot, the fleshed out cast of characters and the setting.
This is a book full of emotions, a perfect summer read.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.