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Posted March 14, 2014
‘Heart of the Oak’ by Rory Ni Coileain – Ms. Rory has done it again, written a story so full of emotion and wonder and passion that it defies my meager attempts to properly describe how it affected me to read it.
Her characters are always ‘real’, in the sense that the reader can feel the emotions surrounding them, but the characters in ‘Heart of the Oak’ went a little further. The emotions experienced by Trevor and Darach were described in such a manner that actually I hurt for them. Fine, I admit it, I had tears welling up in three different scenes, darn it! What can I say? That’s just how amazing Ms. Rory’s characters are. And having a backdrop of a quiet loch on the Island of Skye just made the story more beautiful.
As for the story itself, I found it to be extremely complex. No, there was not a plot-line filled with twists and turns and villains. There was no need for that. Instead, this story was about understanding emotions, facing fears, learning to trust and the give and take of love.
If I have any complaints about the story, it would be the short length – but that’s okay, because I have faith that there will be more to come for this series (and these characters) in the future, and I for one can’t wait. This was a heart-rending, breathtaking tale of love, and I recommend it to everyone.