Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Once Upon an Irish Summer by Wendy Wilson Spooner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Once Upon an Irish Summer
Author: Wendy Wilson Spooner
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: April 3, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Historical Romance
Two teenagers, two centuries, one city.
1817 Ireland – Allen Hamilton crosses the Atlantic alone to find a way to save his family from imminent financial and social ruin before it’s too late. Instead he is met with prejudice, sickness, and starvation.
2018 Fort Wayne, Indiana – A gifted young artist struggles with debilitating grief after a sudden death in her family. When she unearths Allen Hamilton’s noble rise from rags to riches in Antebellum America, their shared connection inspires her own healing and renewed inspiration.
Based on a 200-year-old letter collection, Once Upon an Irish Summer brings to life and weaves together this true story of romance, mystery, and hope.
Spooner, Wendy Wilson. Once Upon an Irish Summer. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International, 2020.
Once Upon an Irish Summer by Wendy Spooner is a split timeline young adult novel. One part of the story is of a teenager who has been hired by her grandmother to research family genealogy for a book she is writing. The other is a narrative of the ancestor she is researching. The historical part of the story is based on an actual person and is taken from his letters. The underlying theme of both stories is recovery from grief as there is much loss in the book. It is also a coming of age story, as Beth definitely matures over the course of the book (just one summer). Spooner seems to understand teen girls and how they cannot always communicate their emotions and how their feelings about people can change without warning.
There are a few “loose ends” at the end of the book, leaving me hoping for a sequel. I’d love to read more by Wendy Spooner.
There would be no problem with adding Once Upon an Irish Summer to a k-12 Christian school library.
I want to thank JustRead Publicity Tours for the complimentary e-copy of Once Upon an Irish Summer. This is my honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Wilson Spooner became a novelist after writing academically and for family history clients. Her love of history compels her to write the true stories she unearths during research, and she’s found that truth is indeed much more exciting and inspiring than fiction! She writes about family, faith, grief, art, and overcoming obstacles in life by coming to know who we truly are—children of God, and the descendants of remarkable people who paved the way for us—even if they really struggled. Wendy believes in learning from our ancestors, honoring them, and standing on their shoulders to become someone even better. When not writing, Wendy currently serves as Vice-Chair for Daughters of the American Revolution over the American Heritage Contest in Art and Sculpture. She also loves to hike, paint, travel and spend time with her favorite people—her family.
(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Once Upon an Irish Summer with a gorgeous Irish bookmark!
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