Friday, July 17, 2015

The Wishing Boy by Emma Maxwell McCone

Dublin, 1930's - political unrest between Republicans and the De Valera Government. An art exhibition takes place and contains an unusual painting entitled "The Wishing Boy". Catrin Kilpatrick, the daughter of a well-known business man, admires the unique painting and wants to buy it, but Devlin O'Farell the artist refuses to sell it. Determined to have her way, she travels to Galway where he lives, and plans to make the purchase. Little does she know, Devlin worked for Flan Maguire, the most powerful man in Galway, and Commander of the Galway IRA Brigade. She has walked into the Lion's Den, and will find herself in great danger.

Review by Mirella Patzer
History and Women

When Catrin views a particular painting in an art gallery about a couple and a young boy, she is more than intrigued; she becomes obsessed with owning the painting. Thus begins the search for the enigmatic author, Devlin O'Farell who refuses to sell the painting at any price. But Catrin is determined and she seeks to befriend the author. Slowly, she gains insight into his life and a bond begins to form. Little does she know, she is slowly being drawn into a subversive group led by a harsh man named Flan Maguire. 

The Wishing boy is an excellent story with plenty of plot twists and ever-evolving story lines. This multi-layered novel is easy to read, with interesting characters. Readers can experience a little of the intrigues related to the IRA and how they operate. The unforgettable heroine and a ever-compelling touch of romance, made this a great read. A rich tale indeed. 

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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