For James and Kathleen, whose indelible bond was forged in a Dublin orphanage before one was adopted and carried across the sea to America, it is a reunion they’ve dreamed of all their young lives, even if it defies reason. From the Emerald Isle to the Connecticut shore, four lives are about to come together in a confrontation that will challenge each of them to leave behind the past and all they once thought was important, and to embrace at last what matters most." This book was quite good, I'm not a big fan of Luanne's writing style but the story was good. There is a lot happening, especially toward the end. And there are about 4 climaxes to the story, so you're never bored. Her writing is simple but repetitive, and she keeps mentioning people eyes. We get it, they're blue. And I did at times want to put the book down, or skip to the end and just find out what happens. But I think if you stick with it you might like it. It's not the best book, the characters are ok, but nothing too special, and Bernadette was getting on my nerves. Maybe if you are a big believer in God or signs, you might enjoy it more. I just felt annoyed at times. The story was nice, but the writing not so much. So I'm not sure if I would recommend this book to many people. Especially if you like happy endings. This one doesn't really have one. Sure on some scale everyone in the book deals with their fait. But it's not what you would expect.
The story starts out with a little girl who is found abandoned on a ship to Australia in 1913. She is alive and well, but why all alone. She doesn't seem to remember anything about her life, all she has with her is a fairy tales book. They call her Nell and on her 21st birthday they tell her the truth, with so little to go on she sets out to find out who she really is. She finds herself in England, and is close to solving her puzzle, but it's not till her granddaughter Cassandra, that the story is solved.
This is a delightful book, full of twists and turns, also some mystery. It was very hard to put down as it holds your imagination and interest. Kate Morton does a terrific job in describing each scene and building suspense. I couldn't have asked for more from her.