Review: A sixpenny song by Jennifer Johnson

untitled (25)A sixpenny song by Jennifer Johnson

“Not every death is a tragedy. Not every silver lining is intact.

Annie’s father is dead. She isn’t sorry. A rich and domineering man, he was always more passionate about money than the happiness of his wife and child. And when his lovely, fragile wife Jude died in mysterious circumstances when Annie was still very young, her father sent her to school in England, and tried to ensure that Jude was never mentioned again.

Now, at last, his days of tyranny are over. And so Annie leaves London and goes back to Dublin, to the house in which he lived and her mother died, where she makes the first of several startling discoveries: he has left her the house she hated. Now, just when she thought she was free of him, she is expected to make a new life in Ireland, and live as he would have wished. Does she dare to defy him one more time? And who will be able to tell her the truth about her mother’s life, and death, before she has to decide? ”


Annie comes back home to Ireland after her father dies. Her relationship with her father was fractures at best, since the death of her mother years before. Coming home was not the easiest thing for Annie because there was so much water under the bridge and unanswered questions.

While trying to decide if she should remain in Ireland and open up a book shop- she runs into one of her mothers old friends, Kevin.

As Annie and Kevin get to know each other, buried secrets about her family re-emerge and she finds out that some secrets aren’t as buried as people wished.

With new insight, she begins to see the reason behind her fathers estrangement and it is bitter-sweet because it is too late to heal the rift between them.

“A sixpenny song” is a lovely tale about discovery and finding out the truth about Annie’s personal history that had been kept from her for too long.

Set in gorgeous Ireland, Jennifer Jones, bring the emerald Isle alive- vividly with her beautiful prose. It is a gentle story that is just the perfect length for a quick and easy read.


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