Read Girl on the Leeside Online Free - A young, aspiring poet in a quiet Irish village thinks her life of books suits her perfectly until a charismatic newcomer from America broadens her horizons.
Siobhan Doyle grew up with her Uncle Kee at their family pub The Leeside, in rural Ireland. Kee has been staunchly overprotective of Siobhan ever since her mother's death in an IRA bombing, but now that she's an adult, it's clear that in protecting her Kee has unwittingly kept her in a state of arrested development. The pair are content to remain forever in their quiet haven, reading and discussing Irish poetry, but for both Siobhan and Kee fate intervenes.
A visiting American literary scholar awakens Siobhan to the possibility of a fulfilling life away from The Leeside. And her relationship with Kee falters after the revelation that her father is still alive. In the face of these changes, Siobhan reaches a surprising decision about her future. Lyrical and heartfelt, Kathleen Anne Kenney's Girl on the Leeside deserves a place alongside contemporary literature's best-loved coming-of-age novels.
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July 24, 2017
2.5. A charming, quaint village in Ireland. A young woman in her twenties, being raised by her uncle.
Some gorgeous Irish poetry which was by far my favorite part. This is one of those books whose rating will depend on if the reader can believe and go where the author wants them to go. I obviousl...
August 01, 2017
I kept putting this book off, right to the last minute, because I just felt that I would not like it. How wrong I was!
This is a wonderful character driven story. You meet, you learn about and you empathize with the these characters. They become your friends. You feel like that mouse in...
July 08, 2017
*4-4.5 stars. This is the July read for the Keep Turning Pages group. Many thanks to Doubleday for providing me with a free copy through their giveaway. Recommended for readers who enjoyed An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor.
The setting of the story is a quaint pub located on a beautiful l...
April 04, 2017
You know you loved a book when you are sad to have finished it ....when you sit and try to imagine the next chapter. Ireland has always called my name, so I was thrilled to win a giveaway set in that beautiful, mysterious country. Siobhan lost her mother when she was two. Her father was an unknow...
July 08, 2017
I first received this from Netgalley, and then won the paper copy from a Goodreads Giveaway. Yay me!
This was a nice story about a girl who came to live with her uncle after her mother (and presumably her father) was killed in an IRA bombing. Her uncle is overprotective and Siobhan has led a happ...
June 14, 2017
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5
I don't like using the term "chick-lit" (though it might apply here) and instead prefer to use the term "pastel fiction" ... fiction which is soft, gentle, with beautiful prose that paints a nice picture for the reader. Th...
June 25, 2017
Because I once lived in a small town in Connemara, at the gateway of the Irish-speaking area called the Gaeltacht, I look for those novels that depict the region as it is, for once one has spent significant time there, its ways and means register in the soul with perpetual resonance, leaving one...
July 11, 2017
While the imagery was breathtaking, I couldn't quite believe Siobhan's character. She was 27 but acted (and was treated) far, far younger. I can get behind a sheltered, naive character, but she took it a step too far. When a family friend passed, she was completely shocked that grief hurt. She di...
June 30, 2017
I really really really liked this book! I seem to automatically be enthralled by an Irish/Scottish setting, and I loved these characters! Each character was well drawn at a level that felt quit intimate to me as a reader. I could understand and relate to each person's underlying frustration as we...
June 18, 2017
An Irish Sleeping Beauty (West Coast of Ireland, present-day): This is a novel with a fairy-tale soul. Sweet and dreamy. Ancient and 19th century Irish and Celtic poetry grace its pages, as well as the hearts and minds of its three key characters, giving it a sense of timelessness, soulfulness.