The Crows of Beara: A Novel

The Crows of Beara: A Novel

by Julie Christine Johnson


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Along the windswept coast of Ireland, a woman discovers the landscape of her own heart

When Annie Crowe travels from Seattle to a small Irish village to promote a new copper mine, her public relations career is hanging in the balance. Struggling to overcome her troubled past and a failing marriage, Annie is eager for a chance to rebuild her life.

Yet when she arrives on the remote Beara Peninsula, Annie learns that the mine would encroach on the nesting ground of an endangered bird, the Red-billed Chough, and many in the community are fiercely protective of this wild place. Among them is Daniel Savage, a local artist battling demons of his own, who has been recruited to help block the mine.

Despite their differences, Annie and Daniel find themselves drawn toward each other, and, inexplicably, they begin to hear the same voice—a strange, distant whisper of Gaelic, like sorrow blowing in the wind.

Guided by ancient mythology and challenged by modern problems, Annie must confront the half-truths she has been sent to spread and the lies she has been telling herself. Most of all, she must open her heart to the healing power of this rugged land and its people.

Beautifully crafted with environmental themes, a lyrical Irish setting, and a touch of magical realism, The Crows of Beara is a breathtaking novel of how the nature of place encompasses everything that we are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618220479
Publisher: Byte Level Research
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Julie Christine Johnson's short stories and essays have appeared in journals including Emerge Literary Journal, Mud Season Review, Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim, Cobalt, and River Poets Journal; in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and have been featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and psychology and a master's in international affairs.

Named a "standout debut" by Library Journal, "very highly recommended" by Historical Novels Review, and "delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical" by bestselling author Greer Macallister, Julie's debut novel In Another Life (Sourcebooks) went into a second printing three days after its February 2016 release. A hiker, yogi, and swimmer, Julie makes her home in northwest Washington state.

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JBronder More than 1 year ago
Annie Crowe’s life has gone to hell. Her marriage is over because of her infidelity, her addiction sent her to rehab, and now this is her last chance at keeping her job. She works for a mine that is planning on breaking ground in Ireland. The catch is that it will destroy the breeding ground of the Red-billed Chough. This is Annie’s last chance to keep her job. She is sent to Ireland to convince the locals that the mine is going to help them improve their economy. Daniel Savage has his own demons and as has been recruited to stop Annie’s campaign. But the more they are around each other; Annie and Daniel find themselves drawn to each other. They are also drawn to the land and a mysterious voice they both hear. Both will have to face their demons and heal from them if they are going to save the land. I really enjoyed this story. It is a touching story of two people that are broken and at the bottom of their lives. I loved how they find a common denominator that can bring them together to finally heal. Of course being based in the beautiful land of Ireland just makes this story more magical than just the joining of two broken people. This is a beautiful story and one that I strongly recommend people checking out. It is a great story and one that will appeal to contemporary romances. I received The Crows of Beara from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.