About the Book
All her life, Boston-born Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of the Emerald Isle. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira is compelled to fulfill her dying wish–that she become the teacher in Ballymann, the beloved village in Donegal, Ireland, she’s heard so much about.
After an arduous voyage, Moira begins a challenging new job in an unfamiliar and ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.
As I began reading this book, I quickly found myself caught up in the story. Set in Boston and then Ireland, this story contains descriptive language for both the characters and the settings. I could imagine myself actually in Ireland. I have often desired to visit Ireland-based on the descriptions I have read of the countryside and the people. Moira’s mother recently died in Boston and Moira must decide if she will go to Ireland or not to be a teacher
This story illustrates how our actions and words potentially cause harm even years into the future. This book illustrates the power of demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ even to those we find difficult to like. Initial interactions between Moira and Sean , Peg, Colm. and other town residents pull the story together in a way that made me unable to set the book down.
I love how the author brings the story and characters full circle by the end of the book. I felt a sense of satisfaction and completion by the time I finished this book. So check out A Dance in Donegal for yourself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the author:
Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher whose work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic magazine, and other publications. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and their three children.
You can find her online at www.jenniferdeibel.com, Facebook (@JenniferDeibelAuthor), and Instagram (@jenniferdeibel_author).
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