Becoming Finola

Becoming Finola

by Suzanne Strempek Shea
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Becoming Finola 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is Suzanne Strempek Shea's best novel to date. It hit the spot so well that after I'd borrowed it from the library twice, I got a copy of my own, the better to read it again. Lead character Sophie seems very real as she deals with changes in her life.
Cate19 More than 1 year ago
I was never so sorry to finish reading a book as I was when this one ended! Sophie White and her new friends quickly became MY new friends! Growing up Irish in Springfield, MA and having traveled through many small towns in Ireland, I could truly relate to everything in this book! Suzanne has captured the true spirit and thought processes of the Irish. Even the lingo is true-to-life. This book took a few different turns which kept me always guessing and wanting to come back for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book in the Irish pavillion at the Big E (Eastern States Exposition) in Massachusetts this past September at least three woman commented on how much they enjoyed the author and this particular book. I started reading that night and had to force myself back to reality for the next few days in order to not completely ignore my family. When I finished I immediately started rereading it.

I thoroughly enjoyed Sophie, laughing aloud at some of her comments and, of course, crying my eyes out when ... I like a good, romantic story and this one quickly became a favorite. You won't catch me with a Harlequin Romance or anything focusing so much on a physical relationship; I prefer my imagination. This story had just enough. I found it very romantic.

Although I have no Irish heritage, I wound up feeling like the many tourists in the story who felt drawn to the country and its people and a little bit of "magic".
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author's voice is truly original. Becoming Finola is a fun and fascinating read & will be at the top of my holiday gift-giving list this year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In western Massachusetts, Gina Stebben¿s husband dies in an SUV accident and her daughter leaves stating the parent she loved was gone. Not long afterward, she loses her job. Her best friend Sophie White provides support to help Gina make it. When Gina decides to travel to Booley, Ireland, Sophie accompanies her. On their first day in town, Sophie meets Liam Kessem, owner of a messy jewelry store called Finola¿s after his former girlfriend who left two years ago with a German stud....................................... The next day Gina realizes she made a mistake and heads home for states after insisting Sophie remain in Ireland. As Sophie takes over the role of Finola at the store and in the town, she falls in love with Liam. He insists he loves his American, but she believes he still desires Finola, a legend in the town of Booley. Once her vacation is over, she plans to go home, wiser, nurturing, but heartbroken as the lesson is ¿parting is such sweet sorrow¿............................ BECOMING FINOLA is a strange but exhilarating character study with a lotof romance in the air. Readers will be surprised by the early twist as this is not Gina¿s story, but instead is a deep look at Sophie competing with a local legend by adopting much of Finola¿s pizzazz. Though a final crossing seems unnecessary, Gina and Liam on the surface carry this delightful tale, but it is the conceptual image of who was the real Finola that will intrigue the audience........................... Harriet Klausner