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Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler. Trinity by Louisa Hall. A Thousand Roads Home: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Year Year X Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. What kind of books do you like to read? Will she or won't she fall for local Novel. Will she or won't she fall for local bachelor about town, Sullivan Dean? And will the little village of Glenmara itself find a place for itself in the modern world, while still retaining its Irish-ness, Catholicism, and character?

You may like this book if you like Maeve Binchy. However, in the end, this one wasn't really to my tastes. I did enjoy the author's rich language and lush descriptiveness, but I did not care for the in my opinion predictability and stale storyline. Nov 23, extraordinary ordinary whimsy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Most books arrive to my home after I have sought them out.

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They arrive quite by accident. Looking for a home or someone to share their story with. What it is not: It's a not a neat little love story about finding "Mr. Perfect" in the Emerald Isle. Even though there is one ruggedly handsome fellow. A really honestly beautiful thoughtful story about loss, pain, joy, and finding friendship and Most books arrive to my home after I have sought them out. A really honestly beautiful thoughtful story about loss, pain, joy, and finding friendship and the place you belong.

This story marvelously and quietly weaves mourning, friendship, and just a touch of magic. Sep 15, Lauren rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. Too much drama and too little character development. There really was a great seed planted there with the setting and the idea of this traditional art bringing modern people together I skimmed over large sections, not really interested or invested enough to care what was happening View all 4 comments.

Aug 29, Nancy rated it it was ok. I just didn't care about the characters; and also, there was something so fake-Irish about it. The Irish folks are either faithfilled and optimistic, or full of deep Celtic wisdom, or drunk and scarred. How about trying "interesting"? So they're Irish-American, not Irish - at least they are interesting. Feb 08, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such a wonderful story.

More than just the main charachter, Kate. More than just the beautiful town of Glenmara. It's all about change, growth, loving what's old and finding what's new. Such a good, good story Apr 06, Summer rated it liked it Shelves: I liked this book. It was a nice little detour to a small village in Ireland. I enjoyed the characters. Niall and were great old Irish men. The women of the village were also lovable. Seeing Ireland in a modern light was a nice change and the struggles every village and person has with maintaining their heritage and history were very real. Through the newspaper in Gaelic and the continuing of old crafts such as the lace making, they were able to hold on to Old Ireland.

While readi I liked this book. While reading the book I was sorry I could not actually see the lace they were making. And wanted to commission my own Sheer Delight. I thought the book was good but seemed a bit choppy in some areas. After reading a bit from the author and realized she started out in journalism and short stories is made more sense.

I just wish there would have been a little more detail and development of Sullivan and Kate and their relationship together.

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Now knowing the author's background helps me understand her style better, so that helped understand her sometimes concise style to the story. Jan 21, Kim Downs rated it it was amazing. If you want to go to Ireland, fall in love and eat warm scones and learn to make lace Entertaining, charming, full of Ireland I enjoyed this story of an Irish American girl who stumbles across an Irish village, makes friends with a group of women there, learns to make lace, falls in love.

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It could be classified as a romance but it is a little more than that. And speaking of Entertaining, charming, full of Ireland I enjoyed this story of an Irish American girl who stumbles across an Irish village, makes friends with a group of women there, learns to make lace, falls in love.

And speaking of the underwear, I wish the novel had had illustrations of the lace! This is a sweet story if you are of Irish heritage. The story itself leaves a lot to be desired. Jul 29, Catrina rated it liked it Shelves: I'm going to start off by saying this is not my cup of tea, or maybe, not really what I expected. The story starts with Kate, a woman devastated by three tragedies in her life; the loss of her mother, her disappointing fashion line debut and then the loss of her longtime bofriend.

Kate decides to take a trip to Ireland to clear her mind, and ends up staying in the sleepy town of Glenmara. Glenmara is a town whose culture is dying, their lack of tourism and good fishing is causing their local eco I'm going to start off by saying this is not my cup of tea, or maybe, not really what I expected. Glenmara is a town whose culture is dying, their lack of tourism and good fishing is causing their local economy to worsen and the younger folk of the town are moving out.

In Glenmara, Kate meets a circle of traditional lace makers, each a woman who is struggling in her life in some way or another. Bernie, is a kind soul who is dealing with the loss of her husband; Aileen, her best friend, wonders if she has lost her teenage daughter for good; Oona, is mourning the loss of physical relationship with her husband after her breasts were removed from cancer; Colleen, who is second-guessing her marriage after her husband is forced to return to sea; and Moira, Aileen's younger sister, whose husband takes his troubles out on her body.

She also meets the artist, Sullivan Deane, who is suffering from a tragedy of his own. Kate enters their circle and begins to learn the art of making lace, and then has the brilliant idea to use the lace to create lingerie, mixing the new with the old. They start by creating a piece of lingerie for each member of the circle, and in turn the lingerie changes their lives. I don't want to summarize anymore as I feel that would ruin the story, but I will talk about Barbieri's writing and how I feel about the story in general. Firstly, I feel the idea could have been taken a lot further than it was.

I really enjoyed reading each woman's stories, but I felt like I should know more about them. And, I couldn't tell the difference between them a lot of the time. I didn't know if it was Bernie or Aileen, Moira or Oona and so on talking unless the author told me. It would have been better if there was a way to distinguish between them through their dialogues. Storywise, it was cute and I liked it but I felt like the story itself was cut short and wrapped up too tidily. I mean, I liked how the lingerie changed their lives, but come on, now they are an international sensation?

It seemed a tiny bit unrealistic. I think that just the fact that women changed their lives was sweet enough. And, I didn't really like Kate's romance with Sullivan, even though I tried to. I think I just didn't get to see enough of it to be rooting for them. As for Barbieri's writing, I did enjoy it quite a bit. I like how she made everything seem mystical, and felt the depth of the women's losses through her words. It also made me want to go to Ireland!

All in all, a cute book, definitely chick-lit. I recommend it for a light read and those interested in Ireland. First I must say that my review is not going to give this wonderful book justice. It's just one of those books that is so wonderfully written that I just not have enough words to express why I loved it so. She is both sad over her relationship and her mother's death.

She is a bit broken and she finds solace in Glenmara. A broken town with no tourists and people are fleei My thoughts: A broken town with no tourists and people are fleeing because there is nothing to do there, but she finds wonderful friends there, Bernie who rents out a room to her and who is lonely too.

And the rest of the Lace makers who all have different problems, if it's husbands, themselves or children. With each other they find a new goal in the lingerie they start to make, and they each find that they lost too. They might be older than her, but they are all women and the friendship they form is strong. The prose is beautiful, and something as simple as them sitting there and talking still brings out everything the book has to offer. It is well written and with it's story about friendship, loss and new-found strength it makes it a story for everyone.

There is also a bit of romance hidden in the background, but even though I love romance it is the life of these women that is more important still yay romance. It also made me tear up, because it's not all fun and friendship.

There is also jealousy and a priest that is just an ass. Now look, I just can't bring it justice. The book was lovely, and it also has these pieces of magical realism in it. It's a book you read slowly to savour all the words. Of course I recommend this book to all. I loved it, it was wonderful and it when I finished it I was happy. This is how I want my fiction to be like. Jun 04, Stephanie rated it really liked it. Jumping in a car, and just driving somewhere far away?

Away from problems or the negative things that weigh you down? I know that I have. And, I think many women feel that way during times of stress or hardship. This story follows Kate Robinson, a struggl Written elsewhere This story follows Kate Robinson, a struggling fashion designer, as she travels to Ireland to forget a troubled past and reinvent herself. The Lace Makers of Glenmara is a great summer escape without the cost of airfare. The story reminds me of why our friendships as women are very important and how true frienships can withstand whatever life throws at them. It is also a story of survival in the face of great loss and finding oneself again—of realizing you are stronger than you think you are.

Jun 18, Colleen rated it liked it. I'm a sucker for books set in Ireland note the entire Maeve Binchy library over there in my GoodReads widget , and this one hits all the notes: Kate is fleeing a failed relationship, a failed career move and her mother's death. She takes the trip to Ireland that she'd been planning to take with her mother, and ends up stranded in the tiny hamlet Just in time for summer comes The Lace Makers of Glenmara available next Tuesday.

She takes the trip to Ireland that she'd been planning to take with her mother, and ends up stranded in the tiny hamlet of Glenmara. She happens into a circle of lace makers, each with their own sorrows and challenges. The characters are typically Irish in their reticence to both air dirty laundry and show emotion, but the new project of designing lacy lingerie in the hopes of stimulating the economy in the impovershed village forces the women to face themselves and their challenges head on.

It also provides Kate with a distraction from her past, and a way to gain confidence in her future. Although at times the Irish stereotypes are a bit trite, Heather Barbieri shows glimpses of brilliance in her descriptions of the ruggedness of both land and people. The narrative from each woman's point of view shows us and Kate that every woman has her trials, almost everything can be survived, and the beauty that exists in every relationship lasts beyond death. It's a fairly quick read, perfect for summer trips or lounging on the porch swing.

And you'll probably never look at lace the same way again. Jul 27, Shannon rated it liked it. Summer brings summer reads. The Lace Makers of Glenmara is a pleasant, if predictable, novel. It tells the tale of Kate, who leaves Seattle for Ireland, hoping to leave behind the death of her mother, the break-up of a relationship and the failure of her fashion line in the process.


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  7. Kate's tourist tour of Ireland sidetracks when a train stoppage lands her in the village of Glenmara. Stranded there for a week until public transportation runs through again, Kate meets Bernie and the other women wh Summer brings summer reads. Stranded there for a week until public transportation runs through again, Kate meets Bernie and the other women who make lace using techniques handed down for generations.

    I liked the use of sewing and lace making as metaphor for life, but I wish Barbieri had used a less formulaic method of delivery. A novel that explored the lives of these women and the generations who came before would have carried a bit more weight. Even so, I especially enjoyed the scenes that described the lace making itself and the chapter of the book where a father publicly takes a stand of support for his adult daughter brought tears to my eyes. Should you read this book? If you're a fan of the Emerald Isle, a seamstress or part leprechaun, definitely give this book a try.

    It's not earth-shattering, but it's a perfect companion at the beach, by the lake or poolside. And sometimes that's all you need from a summer read. Sep 01, Margo Brooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book had me laughing out loud and shedding tears, even though I was sitting in the middle seat of a plane. The dialog was especially good--some of the best I've ever read. Barbieri is a short-story writer, which may explain why some reviewers had a hard time with the book.

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    The beginning uses short story techniques to set mood. Short sentences composed of descriptive phrases. But I found these sentences particularly good in depicting the mind set of someone who had just lost her This book had me laughing out loud and shedding tears, even though I was sitting in the middle seat of a plane. It made for difficult reading, but as the story progressed, the book was much smoother.

    The story, about an aspiring fashion designer who goes to Ireland on a trip she was supposed to take with her mother who recently passed, is sad and wonderful. During her travels, she meets a group of middle-aged lace makers in a dying Irish town and together they transform each other's lives. I hope it will be made into a movie, because the friendship of the women, the beauty of the Irish landscape, and the tension in the lace would be fully realized on the big screen.

    I give this book 5 stars not for the touching story, but for the beauty of the dialog and the light touch the author gives to a sad, funny and ultimately hopeful story. Jan 10, Rosalie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I loved this story. Kate a clothing designer has lost her mother to cancer and her boyfriend to another woman. Now the line of clothing that she designed has been rejected. She leaves everything behind and travels to Ireland the homeland of her grandparents.

    She begins to travel by bus from one small town to another when she happens upon Glenmara. There she befriends Bernie a widowed craftwoman and her sewing guild of fellow lacemakers. Kate is adopted as their "apprentice" and learns the an I loved this story. Kate is adopted as their "apprentice" and learns the ancient art of lacemaking. But what should these ladies do with their lace besides making collars and scarves? Kate shows them how they can embellish their plain "knickers" and bras with this exquisite lace.

    The story reminds me of "Chocolat". There is a town priest who thinks that adding lace to underwear is the work of the devil. This is the first work of Heather Barbieri that I've read Heather Barbieri has written a novel about loss, and finding yourself- about moving on and moving up. It is the story of Kate, a young American, steeped in heartbreak. She takes the trip of a lifetime to Ireland, and makes friends with the lace makers of Glenmara- a small Irish town.

    It is the story of Kate's interaction with the lace makers, the story of the interactions between the lace makers and villagers and the story of how to move on with your life when you are laid out flat. It is a beauti Heather Barbieri has written a novel about loss, and finding yourself- about moving on and moving up.

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