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The Maid of Ballymacool by Jennifer Deibel #ourgoodlifebooklist

What better review to give than that of a book with an Irish setting and on March 17, St. Patrick's Day?  I always love a book that transforms me into a new setting, how about you?

From the publisher:

Brianna Kelly has worked at Ballymacool House and Boarding School since she was a wee girl and will likely die there. Although she was made for something more, Brianna feels powerless to change her situation, so she consoles herself by exploring the Ballymacool grounds, looking for hidden treasures to add to the secret trove beneath the floorboards of her room.

When Michael Wray, the son of the local gentry, is sent to Ballymacool to deal with his unruly cousin, he finds himself drawn to Brianna, immediately and inescapably. There is something about her that feels so … familiar.

When Brianna unearths an intriguing silver platter in the woods, she commits to learning its origins. Could the handsome newcomer hold the key? If so, their discovery could change everything.

My take:

Deibel continues to delight her readers with this Cinderella-like romance loaded with mystery and Irish culture.  The romance between Michael and Brianna is filled with chemistry and sparks.  The author knows how to build the story, giving us time to learn about the characters and get involved in their story.  There is a beautiful faith thread that weaves through the story, which always wins me over.  Read this book if you want to go back to historic Ireland, with all its charm. The characters are inspiring and it is a book you will not want to put down until the very end.

About the author:  

Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher and freelance writer. Her work has appeared (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic Magazine, and others. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family.

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