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Bessie gladly pays the dim-witted Grant with money from his own wallet, lifted by the crafty Herkie. With the assumed name of Halstone, Bessie and Herkie become temporary residents of Tailorstown. Bessie in her red dress and exhibition cleavage, not unnoticed by even Father Cassidy, sticks out like a sore thumb in Tailorstown. Lorcan is an artist from the Ulster Museum in Belfast and has been strong-armed into painting forgeries for the very same menace chasing after Bessie — The Dentist. Lorcan has returned to his hometown to help his mother with the business, following the death of his father.
Bessie and Herkie make their mark on Tailorstown, and in return, are forever changed themselves by the open-hearted citizens. Used to making her way on looks alone, Bessie is astonished by the generosity and kindness of those who have nothing to gain for themselves in assisting her. Oct 06, Sandie rated it liked it Shelves: On the run from the IRA and an "enforcer" called The Butcher, widow Bessie Lawless and her young son Herkie leave Belfast only to find themselves temporarily stranded in the town of Tailorstown awaiting repairs to her car.
The town itself boasts an excessive number of odd ducks ranging from nosy gossips, to a closet drag queen, to an art restorer named Lorcan Strong, a man who also has more than a passing relationship with The Butcher.
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Short on money and with no where else to go Bessie accepts t On the run from the IRA and an "enforcer" called The Butcher, widow Bessie Lawless and her young son Herkie leave Belfast only to find themselves temporarily stranded in the town of Tailorstown awaiting repairs to her car. Short on money and with no where else to go Bessie accepts the invitation of a local man called Gusty Grant, whose acquaintance with soap and water is sadly lacking, and moves into the cottage once owned by his recently deceased Aunt Dora. In attempt to earn a few dollars she takes a job as a temporary replacement housekeeper to the local priest and from there, the plot slowly thickens into a look at life and times in rural Ireland, circa I personally did not mind it at all and could almost hear the lilting cadence of conversations in my head.
As with most novels, some of the characters are more interesting and likable than others. Bessie's nine year old son Herkie Hercules came across, at least to this reader, as a somewhat sneaky, undisciplined child whose entire life revolved around acts of vandalism, calculating ways getting a new Action Man toy and seeing how many sugar ladened foods he could consume. Not a very appealing child. Bessie is a bit of a tippler and uses alcohol as a means of coping with her situation. This is one of those stories that, while built around a scenario of hunger strikes, IRA bombings and brutality, and a mother and child in peril, still comes off as something akin to a combination of a Keystone Cops vignette coupled with an old 's film noir complete with convenient coincidences and a neat, tidy ending.
Aug 23, Nae rated it it was amazing.
I received this as a First Impressions book from BookBrowse. The first couple of pages took some getting used to, it is written in a rather frenetic fashion that sort of left me breathless at times, and I did not think I was going to like it. But for this book, once I got a little further into it, in this time period of early 's Belfast, Ireland, with all its political uncertainty varied with the outlying country settings of arcane silliness, that frantic feeling that one must gulp down the I received this as a First Impressions book from BookBrowse.
But for this book, once I got a little further into it, in this time period of early 's Belfast, Ireland, with all its political uncertainty varied with the outlying country settings of arcane silliness, that frantic feeling that one must gulp down the words as quickly as possible method of getting the plot lines out and jumping seemed an appropriate fit.
Indeed, I read this book quickly a must since it came to us late through a series of publisher errors that sort of mimic the pacing of the book itself in just 3 days. By the end I was rather sad to leave the trials and tribulations of the quasiheroine of this story as she makes her way to America.
Given what happened to her in her own country one can only imagine what America holds in store for her. Dec 27, Amanda Ferrell added it. A fluffy little book in which people get rewarded for doing the nice thing, although it doesn't seem like that at the outset. Set in a tiny town in Ireland in early s, the 'Troubles' with bombings and hungerstrikes are the bleak backdrop.http://ul-ai.kz/includes/2019-10-20/1472-muzhchina-telets.php
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The town is seemingly insulated from the ugliness in Belfast and is picturesque, with hills and gardens. The two main characters are in Tailorstown to get away from a Belfast thug, the Dentist, who has a hold over each one.
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The widow of the title is a hard A fluffy little book in which people get rewarded for doing the nice thing, although it doesn't seem like that at the outset. The widow of the title is a hard woman who has had a hard life and is looking for a fresh start and a way to make a living after her drunkard of an abusive husband dies after stealing money from the Dentist. Naturally, he thinks the wife has the money and will kill her to get it back. While fleeing Belfast, her car breaks down in Tailorstown where we meet the cast of stereo typical small town personalities. She is raw and conniving and you feel a little embarassed for her.
But it all works out ok in the end. Dec 19, Bud Mallar rated it really liked it. I giggled out loud, I even laughed out loud.
The Disenchanted Widow (Tailorstown, #2) by Christina McKenna
To suggest there are a few ludicrous situations, a kid who can't keep his nose out of trouble, and the fracturing of the 'English' language - accents or not - doesn't give the plot away, but you are warned. You will end up liking these people, and their hopes and dreams, successes and failures. In many ways, they are us.
You will feel good all under when you finish the book - in spite of how things get 'wrapped up' Ms. McKenna writes simple st I giggled. McKenna writes simple stories this is my second after "The Misremembered Man" in simple ways that take you along for the ride, throwing in a bit of not so pleasant history, and making you a bit happier with the way the human race can be when it wants to.
This isn't going to change the world, but it will make your world a bit happier for a few days while you read it, and maybe make you a nicer person - and we can use more of that. What have you got to lose??? Oct 05, Carrie rated it it was ok Shelves: If I had to read the name "Herkie" one more time, I was going to have to smash something!
This is not a sequel to "The Misremembered Man", as the book cover claims. That was the first disappointment. The second disappointment is the Author's dismantling of the heroine Rose from the previous book to a crazy, twitchie stalker. Not only was it disheartening, but is direct self sabotage of her earlier work. Third, was th If I had to read the name "Herkie" one more time, I was going to have to smash something! Third, was the constant, and irrelevant, rambling in the book. If you think the first book had a fair amount if it, fasten your seat belts.
It makes it seem that everyone in Northern Ireland us quite literally insane. If this Author wrote a third book to the series, I would probably buy it in hopes that it would be as brilliant as "The Misremembered Man' was, but this book was nothing like the quality. Aug 31, Bethany Wade rated it it was ok. I have read several books set during the Troubles, mostly because of my Irish Literature and Film class in college. During this course, we explored many different styles authors use to talk about this time period.
Some novels, such as Lamb were dark and gritty dramas. Others, including Cal were crime thrillers. Some authors even used satire to discuss the political and religious turmoil of the region. In my opion, The Disenchanted Widow falls into this category. This may not have been intentional I have read several books set during the Troubles, mostly because of my Irish Literature and Film class in college. This may not have been intentional on the part of the author, but the villians are flat characters, the use of bomb scares in the story is almost humorous, and the way the story wraps itself up so neatly and cleanly leaves the reader wondering if the author simply got tired of writing the story.
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