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The Irishman's Daughter

Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of The Magdalen Girls comes a powerful, unforgettable novel of strength and resilience, set against the backdrop of the Irish famine.

Ireland, 1845. To Briana Walsh, no place on earth is more beautiful than Carrowteige, County Mayo, with its sloping fields and rocky cliffs perched above the wild Atlantic. The small farms that surround the centuries-old Lear House are managed by her father, agent to the wealthy, reckless Sir Thomas Blakely. Tenant farmers sell the oats and rye they grow to pay rent to Sir Thomas, surviving on the potatoes that flourish in the remaining scraps of land. But when the potato crop falls prey to a devastating blight, families Briana has known all her life are left with no food, no resources, and no mercy from the English landowner, who seems indifferent to everything except profit.

Rory Caulfield, the hard-working young farmer Briana hopes to marry, shares the locals' despair - and their anger. There's talk of violent reprisals against the callous gentry and their agents. Briana's studious older sister, Lucinda, dreams of a future far beyond Mayo. But even as hunger and disease settle over the country, killing and displacing millions, Briana knows she must find a way to guide her family through one of Ireland's darkest hours - toward hope, love, and a new beginning.

©2019 Michael Meeske (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Don’t pay attention the the negative reviews of this book. It’s the most frightening tale of the Irish Famine written within a beautiful story of family, love and Ireland.

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Wasted a credit

Couldn’t even listen to the first 10 minutes because of the narrator. I was really looking forward to this book. That’s what I get for not listening to the sample.

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Enjoyable

The story was able to allow the reader to experience the life of sorrow lived by those who suffered from the potato famine through the eyes and thoughts of several classes of people. Well done!

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V.S. Does it again

I don't know how VS Alexander makes me want to live in a time when really bad things happened, but I do every time. I would like to think that if I lived during this time that I would stand up and be like the main character in this book. I loved the relationships between all the character the different personalities really made this book something special. Irishman's Daughter has all the elements that make you want more. This story was well crafted and well told and I can't wait to see what else V.S. Alexander has to offer.

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Long and drawn out story

I really wanted to like this book but it was so drawn out and the narrators dry, monotone English accent was of no help. Her voices for each person even made me chuckle a few times, they were so bad. I liked the characters but there was no connection between them. No romance between the the husband and wife characters or even between her and her baby. On the other side, the authors repetitive bleak description of the Irish plague made me feel as if I were living it. I dont know if that's a good thing or bad. I did have to force myself to finish it simply because I had paid for the Kindle & Audible versions.

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