Dreaming About Daran
Whitsborough Bay Book 3
by Jessica Redland
After the success of “Searching for Steven” and “Getting over Gary”, this is the much-anticipated third and final installment of the Whitsborough Bay series.
Sometimes, you can run from the past, but you can’t hide. Since the age of sixteen, Clare O’Connell has lived her life by four strict rules:
1. Don’t talk about Ireland
2. Don’t think about Ireland
3. Don’t go to Ireland
4. Never let anyone in
And so far, it’s worked well. She’s got a great career, some amazing friends, and she’s really happy. The future’s all that counts, isn’t it?
However, when her boss insists she travels to Ireland to repair a damaged relationship with a key client, Clare finds herself drawn back to the small village of Ballykielty where she comes face to face with the one person she’d hoped never, ever to see again.
With the door to her past now wide open, the first three rules have gone out of the window. Can Clare stick to rule number four?
For years I’d dreamed of what I’d say to him if out paths crossed again. The scenes in my mind had ranged from a Harry Potter – and – Lord Voldemort – style stand-off with fireworks and demons (ending with me striking him down, of course)…
Granny Irish. That’s hilarious… I can’t help picturing you with a blue rinse, brogues and a shopping trolley. A tartan one. Ooh, and a Yorkshire Terrier tucked under your arm… Perhaps one of those plastic headscarf things and horn-rimmed specs dangling from a chain.
Just thought I’d let you know that the old git is dead. I’m going to the wake tomorrow and the funeral on Saturday, although I suspect my ma will throw me out of the wake and have Satan on hand to brandish a pitchfork at me if I turn up to the funeral.
Make a scene? Of course not! Oh, unless you’d call tap dancing on Da’s coffin in my glittery pink stilettos making a scene.
We haven’t reached the end of forever yet.
Sometimes the past is called the past because it’s passed.
I fell into Ms. Redland’s work when I stumbled onto her second book Getting Over Gary, and I continue to adore her skilled and adroit writing style, humor, and smart observations. Dreaming About Daran continues with many of the same characters I met in Gary, but the main focus has shifted to a character that I did not expect to empathize with, as she had been a rather frosty she-devil. Regardless, of her previous depiction, I was crazy about Clare and loved this book from beginning to end. The plot was full of unpredictable twists and turns, shocking revelations, hidden agendas, buried secrets and traumas, lies, and long-standing resentments. Ms. Redland has proven herself to be highly skilled and adept in tempering rather heavy subject matter and harrowing and sorrowful back stories with amusing and humorous observations and clever exchanges between her characters. She is wily and sly, and brilliantly gets her point across in an entertaining, insightful, relevant, and observant manner. The last quarter of the book was extremely exciting – I snorted, smirked, gasped, and squealed with glee while the surprises just kept unraveling. And – of course – there were all the new words and phrases I can add to my fun vocab list to now include minging, winding you up, feck, bolshy, stroppy, bollocks, and craic.
About the Author
She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast in England – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel puppy, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the puppy has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!
She’s an HR Tutor on a freelance basis and fits writing around that and her duties as a Brown Owl.