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Celtic Remnants by Deborah O'Toole
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it was amazing

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Impressions

The event. The Bogside Massacre. Bloody Sunday. Derry Northern Ireland, 30 January 1972. One heartless moment of violence and subsequent retaliation against bigotry will last for generations. The emotional scars created in this day has lasted for generations. Eventually, the hatred tars the love between a young English royal and a bonny Irish girl.

This novel is quite a read. A masterful weaving of a love story that nestles nicely within remnants of Upstairs Downstairs, Poldark, and finally Downtown Abby. To me, the author speaks grandly about how the post World Wars have altered the cultures of British Royalty and Ireland. Not a new story but one haunted by centuries-old hate and bigotry. Although not an easy read. I think Anglophiles will crush on the detail of this work that is memorable. Well crafted characterization may slow the reader's progress in the beginning. But the emotional force conveyed when the author seamlessly transitions from love scenes to heartbreaking moments is surprisingly memorable.

It is because of this author’s incredible skill and grace in storytelling that it serves well in telling of Celtic culture and its brutal struggles to achieve autonomy under British rule.


Royal Ulster Constabulary
“Place yer loyalty to yer own first, rather than the masses. “ – Celtic Remnants

Story/Plot/Conflict

This is a love story that finds its beginnings with tragic remnants that scars the soul of a young Irish girl, robbing her of family and home. Part of a closely-knit Irish family, the child Ava Eagan learns first hand the brutality of the British military. Hatred spawned from unjust violence, murders, and civil unrest darkens the heart of Ava. Until years later, as a young woman, she meets and falls unexpectedly in love with the young royal David Lancaster.

With a soul steeped in the old traditions of English royals, David and friend Bart Quintrall unexpectedly find love with two Irish girls. Only to lose that love in the cruelest of ways. The chance meeting in a small Irish pub changes the hearts and lives of four people. While one is forced to throw away a love that strengthens his heart. And makes him question the morality within a world of privilege. Ava returns home to Ireland broken and filled with hate. Following family traditions, she chooses to fight to break the yoke of British rule that destroyed her life.

This author weaves a tale of how bigotry and complacence created a world of violence and tragedy. Yet within the dreadful throes of violent civil unrest, loves springs real and lasting.



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Reading Progress

September 13, 2019 – Shelved
September 13, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
September 27, 2019 – Started Reading
October 29, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Deborah O'Toole Thank you for the wonderful review. And the beautiful video. :)


Barbara Cerda Thank you for the beautiful book!

My pleasure.


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