Captivated by the Story- Book Review #2 Ireland | Once Upon An Irish Summer
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My reviews for the Novel Travel Quest will combine travel & reading with a focus on the country the book is set in as well as the story itself.

📆 Date Completed: 4th April, 2021

🔁 This is an author whose books I’ve read previously

Random Tidbit: I’ve been to Ireland once before and I was actually scheduled to visit Ireland in April, 2020 when the world went into lockdown.



At a glance

(Source: CIA The World Factbook)

  • Country Size: 70,273 sq km
  • Population Size: 5,224,884 (July 2021 est)
  • Capital: Dublin

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Cliffs of Moher | County Clare | IRELAND


Once upon an Irish Summer by Lisa T Bergren

AKA the book that introduced me a female Irish pirate

Story Rating | 5 ⭐

Travel Rating | 5 ✈️ (Ready to fly!)

  • Summary in 3 words: Intriguing | Fun | Exciting
  • One Thing I Liked on the Cover: the image of the Irish coastline
  • I Now Want to Visit: Clare Island
  • I’m Encouraged to: learn more about Grace O’Malley

More Highlights

May include spoilers

  • My favorite character: Rory- he’d been through so much in his life, it was really good to follow portions of his journey towards healing
  • My favorite funny moment: There weren’t “laugh out loud” funny moments but plenty of lighthearted ones. I particularly liked Fiona and Rory’s banter on the ferry to Clare Island.
  • One Thing that Stood Out: Seeing Rory work through his feelings and be open to going to counselling again so that he could move forward in his life was really good
  • Something New I Learnt: The old Irish saying about “a faerie in a hawthorn” and the superstitions surrounding them was really interesting
  • One Thing I Found Unique: The storyline based around Grace O’ Malley was certainly unique and something that I really enjoyed
  • Favorite Quote: Admitting that you weren’t enough, that you needed reinforcements or guidance was its own sort of courage.
  • Favorite Scene: I enjoyed the journey and thought process that Fiona worked through before deciding to persist in order to take the photo under the bridge
  • Aww Moment: I’m going to share two moments as brand new puppies are an automatic aww moment. However, Rory protecting Fiona from Kieran is a major aww moment in this story.
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Virtual Visit | Ireland (Cliffs of Moher)

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