Feature: Beneath an Irish Sky by Isabella Connor

irishBeneath an Irish Sky by Isabella Connor

The past is never over … Jack Stewart thought he’d put the past behind him.
On the surface, he has everything – success, money, a big house and he is never short of an attractive woman by his side, but a tragic road accident shatters his world.

Raised as an Irish Traveller, Luke Kiernan hasn’t had it easy, and when he wakes in a Dublin hospital to find the man he’s hated since childhood at his bedside, he’s hungry for revenge.

Two very different worlds collide, bringing new dangers, exposing past deceits, and unearthing dark family secrets buried long ago. But from tragedy springs the promise of a fresh start with two women who are intent on helping Jack and Luke mend their lives. Can new love heal old wounds, or are some scars there for good?

This complex book centres around two families- one gypsy traveller and the other an upper crust English family. They are brought together by a death that exposes years of secrets, lies and betrayals. I could not put this book down. I found it to be very compelling and read it within a few days. Before I read this book, I had no idea about the travelling community but now, I feel as if I had an inside view of what really goes on.  I recommend this book highly.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone. Here is a few thing to get you in the mood to celebrate everything Irish.


Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
  2. Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  5. Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  6. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

Today’s Quiz is  Father Ted General knowledge

maveYou can’t mention Irish literature with out mentioning the wonderful Maeve Binchy. This is what her Bio on Amazon said about this inspiring woman:

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers.

Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snellfor 35 years, and died in 2012.

She is greatly missed. Her Last book Chestnut Street is due out April 24th 2014


12 thoughts on “Feature: Beneath an Irish Sky by Isabella Connor

  1. A lovely review. Beneath an Irish sky is one I cannot wait to read. Oh dear. Another recipe I’m going to have to try lol. Thank you, Robyn! 🙂

    • Thanks, Sarah x The recipe does look good doesn’t it. I often wonder how there are any slim people in Ireland. Their recipes are too good. I went to an Irish pub once and had Eton Mess in a dish that was as round as a tea plate – I had to ask for two more spoons for OH and daughter because it would have been like eating a full carton of double cream. It was so yummy though.

  2. I love, love, LOVED this book! It was engrossing, poignant, action-filled and so different. I’m glad you thought the same.

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