Dancing to an Irish Reel

Dancing to an Irish Reel

by Claire Fullerton

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ISBN-13: 9780990304258
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/04/2015
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 1,057,745
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Dancing to an Irish Reel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
Dancing to an Irish Reel is written in the first person of Hailey Crossan, the main character. Hailey arrives in Connemara, Ireland on vacation, but when offered the job of a lifetime at a music company, she extends her vacation. Through Hailey, we learn about the people of Connemara, their language, their country, and their music. Hailey is a strong person who tends to tell it as she sees it. She is not afraid to explore on her own, or travel by herself. When she meets Liam Hennesey, an accordion player, she immediately feels an attraction. Liam has a slow way of pursuing Hailey, but he is definitely interested. However, he seems uncertain of their relationship. There is a lot of hesitancy and on again, off again in their relationship, and even at the end, we aren’t sure where the relationship will go. The author is a master at rich description allowing us to immediately feel at home in Connemara. Her vivid descriptions are what drew me in from the first. The plot evolves with slowly, leaving us to savor our visit with the land and people of Ireland. This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton tells the story of Hailey, an American who lands a job at a music centre in Ireland. Hailey helps local musicians organize their careers at the music centre, but she also has friends at the centre as well. Throughout the story, Hailey helps her friends, she thrives in the culture and landscape of Ireland, and she relays the beautiful land and the residents of Ireland through introspection, providing insight about the many people she meets. The heart of the story, however, is Liam, a shy and withdrawn musician who steals Hailey’s heart. Hailey is confused by Liam’s behavior, and the two find they are similar in the ways they avoid talking to each other and telling each other how they truly feel. Sometimes an author connects with their subject so well that it is evident in the story. Author Claire Fullerton gives many details of Irish life and culture, and the reader does feel very much inside the Irish landscape, hearing the voices of Irish residents, and breathing in the fresh Irish air. There is much to like in Dancing to an Irish Reel, from the inner thoughts of Hailey to the budding romance between Hailey and Liam. I would have loved a little more spark between the two, but my take is that the book was more about Hailey’s journey in Ireland than her Irish romance. I enjoyed the little scenes that captured the magic of Ireland, such as the Tarot card reader and the unique music. The dialogue was spot on for the area, and I did enjoy the many characters and their interactions with Hailey. Dancing to an Irish Reel is a relaxed, sit back and read book, and is recommended to those who like stories with light romance and cultural commentary.
Ann12 More than 1 year ago
The author captures the heart and soul of the Irish people as she weaves a delightful story. You feel like you are actually in Ireland as you enjoy the lovely descriptions of the beautiful countryside! I enjoyed getting to experience Ireland through the words of the extremely talented author.
judithingram More than 1 year ago
Charming and wise What drew me into Claire Fullerton’s book was the fresh and reflective narrative sung to us by her protagonist, Hailey, an American young woman quite suddenly immersed in an Irish culture so rich in rural tradition and language nuance that it almost seems as if she has been dropped into a previous century. Her love interest with the beautiful but conflicted Irish musician Liam seems but a subplot to the deeper story of Hailey’s budding romance with the Irish people, culture, and countryside. My favorite character was Mick, a melancholy young man who soars above the story, reentering now and then to tease us with his mystical Irish beliefs and lead Hailey deeper into her own Celtic roots. I recommend the book to readers who want a taste of the Irish wrapped in prose so exquisitely fashioned that it is pure pleasure to read.
Claire Fullerton More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Aly on behalf of The Book Landers The narration of Dancing to An Irish Reel allows the book to play out like a movie in your head. If you’ve ever seen movies similar to The Princess Bride, that’s sort of how the narration seemed to play in my head. It was almost as if someone was telling the story as the movie was playing. So that was something that set Dancing to an Irish Reel apart from other books I’ve read. I did find that the plot seemed to be much like she described Ireland. It seemed to move along at a steady pace and you sometimes had a hard time discovering what they were really trying to say. There weren’t any specific “big bang” moments that were high energy and hit suddenly with no warning. Everything seemed to move along at a slow pace and it’s different from the high energy suspense novels. The story was certainly a nice read. And it was interesting to see a different type of lifestyle from the one that we in North America experience. The ending was open, never really stating for certain what happened after a certain point. Which was intriguing as it allows the reader to find their favorite ending but still, I Would have liked to know what happened for sure. Not just the numerous possibilities. Overall, Dancing to An Irish Reel was a good, different read. The author did a good job at creating a story that stands out from other books.
cjanaya More than 1 year ago
The first impression I received as I eagerly delved into this book is Claire Fullerton has the heart of a poet. Her prose flowed so sweetly and succinctly that I was never once thrown out of the beautiful narrative which slowly unfolded. She has this innate ability to broach a subject in a way that is truly original in nature.  For example, the main character, Hailey, is wondering about her chance encounter with Liam Hennesey and instead of simply saying, "Hey, must have been fate, dontcha know." She puts it this way. "I found it interesting that fate had provided the chance encounter. It seemed to me that if we, in our human frailty, didn't have the courage to take care of business, then the powers that be intervened seemingly by chance." Or this beautiful piece describing musicians. "There is a secret language musicians speak that does away with the need for articulation because it is intuitive and telepathic at its core...I felt as if I were in an insular bubble, privy to the secret internal mechanisms of a musician's rarified gift..." As a musician it was interesting to see the perspective of a nonmusician, and to realize that she had hit the nail on the head. There are certain ways I associate, relate, and converse with people who understand music the way I do and who are as enthusiastic about the process as I am. This story touched my heart in a way that no other story has in a very long time.  I felt an added investment in the book due to my Irish ancestry and my total lack of knowledge on the subject. The idiosyncrasies of rural Ireland's culture was something I found fascinating, and how Hailey navigated that as an American was a journey I enjoyed taking. I learned just as much about myself in relation to Ireland as she did. A journey of discovery, really, and I couldn't be happier to have been a part of it. The dynamics between Liam and Hailey were both exhilarating and frustrating simply because it was obvious he loved her, but he was woefully incapable of letting Hailey see it. I felt just as exasperated with him as she did, but it moved the story forward and added to that element of self-discovery that I felt so drawn towards. I'm not a fan of how it ended, though it couldn't have possibly ended any other way. I am all about closure, and this left so many questions unanswered, but I sincerely hope that means there will be more for Liam and Hailey in the future because I would dive into that story too. We are gifted with a beautiful piece of poetry at the end that left me feeling a bit choked up. Bad timing for me, considering I had to go pick up my kids from school and transition myself from moved-and-inspired-by-poetry to crazed-mommy-the-cheauffer.  Claire Fullerton wrote a beautiful piece that will pique the interest of anyone fond of Irish history, romance and the intricacies of human relationships.