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Publisher's Summary

When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death Ruby - thirty-three, plump but comely - has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her prettier younger sisters, May and June.

But everything changes when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old case in the attic. Among its strange contents: a curious, handmade volume called The Book of Light.

As Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, she's enticed into a most beguiling world whose allure and magnetic power she finds irresistible.

Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter is going crazy, enlists the help of the kindly parish priest and then psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry appears imperturbable yet is inwardly reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the previous year.

As Ruby undergoes therapy, she meets local bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone. Through their shared loneliness and isolation the two find the courage to connect. But will Ruby's mother allow her daughter the happiness she so richly deserves?

The Godforsaken Daughter is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland's recent past. It's a glorious successor to McKenna's first two Tailorstown novels, The Misremembered Man and The Disenchanted Widow.

©2015 Christina McKenna (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Lilting Irish

To rate this first as an audio book, I have to say the lilting cadence of the Irish speakers that Sue Pitkin gave was wonderful to hear. It's something that, as an American, would have been lost to me had I simply read the book.

The book itself was altogether different than I expected. Even after the first eight or nine chapters, I thought this was going to be the story of a woman, Ruth, who gained self-confidence through identifying with the occult and the goddess Dana. I could not have been more wrong. Ruth did gain self-confidence, and she also gained two of the three wishes she made of the goddess, but in the most natural way. The ending was entirely satisfying, both for Ruth and for her doctor, who was having problems of his own.

For those to whom it matters, this is a clean read. Nothing worse than an occasional "bitch" is used that I can recall in the "swearing" category, and no sex or salacious language is used, though an adulterous affair is implied and a woman confesses to having been raped years before.

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Lovely fairytale<br />

This is a kind of enchanting , modern faiytale. I enjoyed it very much. It's entertaining, has suspense, two lovestories, unexpected twists and turns and very interestingly painted characters.

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Great story and touchable characters

I loved this story of loss and love, and finding strength with the help of friends. change can be good.

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Pitiful narrator

The story was interesting, informative and insightful. A good lesson in psychiatric medicine told in such a way a lay person could easily understand. The dialog was excellent, but the narrator was so irritatingly pitiful it was hard to follow the story. In the same sentence a character would go from sounding like a male to having a woman's voice before he/she got to the end of it. It was not only difficult but sometimes impossible to determine who was talking. And in trying to portray an Irish dialect almost every sentence ended in a high pitched interrogative form.

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THE IRISH VERSION OF THE CINDERELLA STORY

Where does The Godforsaken Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the top 80%. It was enjoyable and entertaining with a little magic, psychiatry and suspense thrown in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godforsaken Daughter?

Ruby dancing naked near the lake was certainly memorable by her family.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ruby finally standing up to her sister and letting her know that she too was the keeper of some nasty secrets.

If you could take any character from The Godforsaken Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ruby. First of all, she'd eat good with her healthy appetite - wouldn't pick at the dinner. Then I'd tell her to buck up and stand up for herself. She's only a doormat because she allows herself to be one.

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Very enjoyable read.

I enjoy stories that intertwine this way. It's three stories in one. I was routing Ruby on throughout the book.

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Loved it!

This might be my favorite one of Christina McKenna's books yet! Great story writer, she is.

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Performer is so bad I couldn't listen to this book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I've never stopped a book purely because I couldn't stand listening to the performer before. The actress who reads this book sounds angry and barks out the words, no matter what she's conveying. I couldn't take the sound of her voice and stopped the book before even finishing Chapter 1.

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  • 07-09-18

Nice story. poor reading

Not as good as 1st two books in trilogy. Reader's Irish accent awful as were her male voices sadly. Other two books in trilogy were really well read. Go for those.

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  • Kara
  • 11-24-17

Dreadful narration,

Terrible choice of narrator. Gave up on audible and read the story instead. This is an easy read, gentle distraction, but the narrator was totally unable to relate, terrible false accent slipped all over the place and didn't seem to understand the dialect.
Wish I could return the purchase.

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  • Edeline Toth
  • 09-03-16

Terrible performance

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe... a nine year old interested in spies and witches

Would you recommend The Godforsaken Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

No - terrible performance, mediocre story of spies and wicca

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sue Pitkin should just read the book not try to "perform" it. Her accents are appalling. She doesn't even maintain the same "voice" for a character and apparently forgets whether a given character is Irish, English or Scottish. It sounds like the kind of "performance" a school teacher might do when reading Roald Dahl to four year olds.

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  • Helen
  • 08-23-16

What a terrible accent!

Audiobook Vvry annoying for a native northern irelander. Same character, same paragraph contains Irish brogue, Scottish and Cornish!

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  • Robbo 5000X
  • 08-14-16

Irish Rural Soapie

A very engaging simple story set in rural Ireland. I found the narrator sometimes annoying, particularly when portraying the mother, but I generally enjoyed the performance.