Release date - 18th May 2017
Book length - 418 pages
Publisher - blackandwhitepublishing.com
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
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ABOUT THE BOOK
In Carniskey, a small fishing village in Ireland, the community is divided, wracked by grief and guilt; love and resentment; despair and hope.
Sean Delaney has been missing at sea for three years, and no one - least of all his grieving wife, Alison - knows what really happened to him.
Having lost her husband, her financial security, and having grown distant from her daughter, Alison feels alone and estranged from the villagers. Sean's mother has not spoken since her house was burgled after his disappearance, and Alison's only friend, Kathleen, harbours secrets of her own.
Isolated by their stunning, yet often cruel, surroundings, the community is forced to look inwards. But when artist and lifelong nomad William comes to town, he offers Alison a new perspective on life - and love. What she doesn't realise is that strangers have secrets of their own, and William's arrival threatens to unearth the mysteries of the past. A story of courage and humanity, we follow a community through their struggles and triumphs in love, loss and betrayal.
As each of the characters strives to find their own sense of belonging, they are led to the realisation that it is only through the truth that they can truly find happiness.
FINDING ALISON by Deirdre Eustace is an emotional and atmospheric story centred on loss, grief, courage and hope.
Alison's life lost its focus when her husband Sean went out on his fishing boat during a storm three years ago and never returned. Hollowed out with grief, Alison has never fully recovered from that night, and now as she struggles to keep her life together, she wonders if she will ever find her way through the darkness. Her relationship with her teenage daughter, Hannah, is volatile as Hannah rebels against the mother who seems so closed off to her. Her mother-in-law Maryanne, to whom she was always close has shut down ever since her house was burgled and now stares out to sea, never speaking a word. Money is in short supply and as Alison tries to eke out a living as a freelance writer, her dreams of writing her own novel seem out of reach. If it wasn't for her best friend Kathleen, Alison would have no social life at all. But when a travelling stranger lands in Carniskey, he will open Alison's eyes to her true strength, courage, and ability, but as Alison confronts her painful past and present, lies and betrayals will come to the forefront.
FINDING ALISON by Deirdre Eustace really delves deep into the character's emotions and as Alison opens up to the reader, we can really feel her connection to the sea almost as if the sea is a character in its own right. The burden and heaviness of grief and sadness are really well depicted and I often felt a tear in my eye as I journeyed beside Alison and the community of Carniskey. I had a huge soft spot for Maryanne - a mother who has lost her son, picked up the pieces with her granddaughter, only to have suffered emotional turmoil again when she stumbles across a burglar in her home - and I really hoped that she would find her way back to Alison and Hannah. There are a few elements of the story that were left open and I wonder if we will get to pay another visit to the community of Carniskey?
FINDING ALISON by Deirdre Eustace is a story about strength - the strength of body, spirit, and mind - and the importance of believing in oneself. I really enjoyed this captivating, in-depth story and I highly recommend it.
Deirdre Eustace, is a native of Bonmahon, Co Waterford. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including The Waterford Review, Volumes 1, 2 and 3; Under Brigid's Cloak; Gathering Together; Ireland's Own; Galloping On; Syllables and the American White Star Journal. Her work has been broadcast on both local and national radio. Deirdre's first novel, If I Trust in You, described by the Irish Independent as 'tense and gripping... a riveting debut' was published in July, 2009. It remained in the top sellers list for several months and won a Publishing Ireland 'Book of the Month' Award. With over twenty years experience as a writer, editor and proofreader, Deirdre is a full member of the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI) Ireland. Finding Alison is her second novel.
*I want to thank Lina at Black & White Publishing, and the author Deirdre Eustace, for the opportunity to review this book and take part on this blog tour.
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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