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The Matchmaker of Kenmare: A Novel of Ireland by [Delaney, Frank]
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Praise for "The Matchmaker of Kenmare"
Delaney wrings the pulp out of a Jack Higgins-like premise and turns it into something more satisfyingly literary.
"-Publisher's Weekly"
One of the best fictional wartime couples animates veteran Delaney's darkly wistful novel.
"-Kirkus
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Delaney re-earns his reputation for total reader engagement with his latest deeply thought-out novel...As artillery guns fire overhead, hearts ache: a compelling combination.
"-Booklist"
"Delaney grabs the reader from the first paragraph with his comfortable and nostalgic style. His metaphors are so visual, readers can taste, smell and see the action." -Summer Moore, Associated Press

PRAISE FOR FRANK DELANEY
Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show
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"Wonderful entertainment [that] encompasses Irish history and politics, a mystery, a quest, and a coming-of-age story . . . written with style and humor by a masterful storyteller."--"The Boston Globe"
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"A moving tale of love, angst and Irish superstition."--Associated Press
"With its memorable characters and variety of adventures, [Frank] Delaney's brand of Irish fabulism is . . . a delight to read. ["The Matchmaker of Kenmare"] burnishes this veteran writer's reputation as a consummate storyteller."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"Engrossing . . . Delaney again unspools a fine yarn, while providing substantive insights into history and human nature."--"The Star-Ledger"
"Panoramic . . . Delaney spins an exciting yarn of romance and intrigue, and in Kate, he has created an indomitable, unforgettable character."--"Publishers Weekly"
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"Irish storytelling at its best.""--Library Journal"

A moving tale of love, angst and Irish superstition. Associated Press
With its memorable characters and variety of adventures, [Frank] Delaney s brand of Irish fabulism is . . . a delight to read. ["The Matchmaker of Kenmare"] burnishes this veteran writer s reputation as a consummate storyteller. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
Engrossing . . . Delaney again unspools a fine yarn, while providing substantive insights into history and human nature. "The Star-Ledger"
Panoramic . . . Delaney spins an exciting yarn of romance and intrigue, and in Kate, he has created an indomitable, unforgettable character. "Publishers Weekly"
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Irish storytelling at its best. " Library Journal""

About the Author

Frank Delaney is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling novel "Ireland," as well as "Venetia Kelly s Traveling Show, Tipperary, Shannon, " and "Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea." A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, Delaney enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. Born in Tipperary, Ireland, he now lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4047 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (8 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43GM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set during World War 11 "The Matchmaker of Kenmare" is a lush novel rich in myth, sometime hilarious and at times heartbreaking, a stirring story of loss, friendship, romance and sacrifice. The protagonist Ben MacCarthy, an Irish folklore aficionado, narrates a very touching segment in his life as he wanders the country in search of his missing wife Venetia Kelly (we first met her in "Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show").

The story has a very slow start and opens with Ben meeting Kate Begley, known as the matchmaker of Kenmare. The two naively pride themselves of being neural during the start of the devastating war but as their relationship developed and the war dragged on they become more and more involved in aiding the Americans on the European front. Both Kate and Ben had an agenda: Kate was looking for her husband who went missing in action and Ben his wife who mysteriously disappeared. The story picks up and becomes far more interesting and evolves into a memorable war story as Kate and Ben are pinned down in Europe's battlefields.....they find themselves way over their heads and must survive at all cost...

The story is narrated in the first person by a senior Ben to his children in a rambling style that is quite entertaining at times. He relives and shares with them the many tales he collected in his travels during his younger and more challenging years. The prose successfully creates a vivid image of the time and especially the complexities of the Irish culture with great depth and skill. The novel started off in a tedious manner but I persisted and I am glad I did. The strong writing, the warm characters and the unexpected turn of events gradually hyped my interest to the end.

Looking back, I can honestly say I enjoyed this haunting tale.
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