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4.0 out of 5 stars The Not so happy Widow...., 28 July 2013
This review is from: The Disenchanted Widow (Paperback)
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The Disenchanted Widow by Christina McKenna for me was a good read from page one as we are brought into the lives of Bessie and her son as she deals with the fact of her drunkard husband dying and leaving her destitute and answerable to the 'Dentist' who just happened to be a terrorist enforcer of all things evil and painful especially to those he feels owes him money. As you read the book you will soon understand why she is so afraid of the 'Dentist' and how she became known to him through no fault of her own.
Bessie decides to leave her problems behind in Belfast. Unfortunately for her at the start of the book her car which certainly has seen better days takes her as far as 'Tailorstown' where she meets characters who are as brazen as herself and may I say the odd 'barmy' one.
I loved the very graphic and funny writing from this author as she is from the country of Ireland she certainly knows what the Irish people are all about and how their sense of humour works plus of course the laid back attitude to life. I liked how the characters bounced of each other and as the scenes were taking place, as a reader we miss nothing of the scenes taking place. The book is so well written with characters which had depth and I have to say when I finished the book I did think I was leaving a couple of people behind which I cared for!
I have to say one of the reasons I do like this book so much and that is mainly because of the good entertaining writing and Christine McKenna is the only author that has ever had me laughing at a book based on the era of the troubles and as I lived through this time in history I have to say that is a big statement for me to put across. There is no way did she reduce the severity of that era but I have to say she had me laughing at the most inconvenient times and I more than once found it impossible to answer people when they asked why I was laughing?
I recommend The Disenchanted Widow by Christina McKenna as a read which will stir every emotion you have within you and some of those emotions will not be as good as some but yet I did see the comedy element throughout the book but I promise you this is a highly enjoyable book by a very talented author and one I will be keeping my eye out for. One thing I will say this would make a brilliant film or even a televised series! Comedy of course!
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