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Sunday, April 19, 2009
Review - The Claddagh Ring by Sharon A. Donovan
Title: The Claddagh Ring
Author: Sharon A. Donovan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Val
Struggling with her faith after her mother’s death, Meghan O’Malley finds comfort in wearing her Claddagh Ring, believed to be blessed by St. Patrick. And when Meghan meets Rork, she finds love, friendship, and loyalty. But before everything comes full circle under God’s plan, Meghan must face the biggest challenge of her life.
Rork McGuire is ruggedly handsome, sings Celtic music straight from his soul, and has a dark secret. When he sees Meghan O’Malley, he falls hopelessly in love with her and wants nothing more than to give her his heart. Will the secret he harbors bring them together—or pull them apart?
Meghan O'Malley's character was so familiar to me. I could really relate to this believable character and the unrelenting heartache she felt at the loss of her mother. I know there are many people out there who can relate to the loss of a loved one to who has suffered at the hands of a terminal disease. Now it was Meghan O'Malley's turn to find her purpose for God in her life. Just what was her purpose in life? Rork was a singer of Celtic music that had the voice of an angel just as her mother did. I fell in love with his character and enjoyed their first meeting. Their bond was truly something to be cherished and I enjoyed how close they got. I don't want to give away too much of the book but just know that it is an breath taking read.
I have enjoyed Sharon Donovan's work since the first book I read written by her and The Claddagh Ring did not disappoint. Ms. Donovan's work is so different from a lot of authors in that along with a heartwarming and entertaining read, she also tackles health issues that are so prevalent today. After reading one of Ms. Donovan's books, you feel informed and left with a feeling of hope that you or a loved one can make it through a health crisis. I think this type of book is needed more than anyone can imagine and I am so grateful that Ms. Donovan is the author to take on this great task.
The Claddagh Ring is a quick, fun, informative and romantic read that you will not want to end. With God as the center focus and finding unconditional love a major part of the story, this was a book with a strong message on so many levels. It's about questioning God when you feel your prayer has not been answered and learning to accept the answer when the answer is no. It's about dealing with health issues you never thought you would and it is about finding purpose through all of it and finding the outcome to be something you least expected. The Claddagh Ring brought about some strong emotions in me and I feel this book holds a message that everyone needs to read for information, understanding and comfort. I highly recommend this book to anyone regardless of what genre you read or the type of book you read. It is so much more than a book about romance. It's about hope and miracles and I don't think there is one person out there who doesn't need both.