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The Linen Queen: A Novel
The Linen Queen A Novel
Author: Patricia Falvey
Abandoned by her father and neglected by her self-centered, unstable mother, Sheila McGee cannot wait to escape the drudgery of her mill village life in Northern Ireland. Her classic Irish beauty helps her win the 1941 Linen Queen competition, and the prize money that goes with it finally gives her the opportunity she's been dreaming of. But She...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781599952000
ISBN-10: 1599952009
Publication Date: 3/2/2011
Pages: 320
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4.1 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Center Street
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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The Linen Queen is a historical fiction novel with much going for it. The background of Ireland is beautifully rendered, as well as the rough living in that timeframe. You want to cheer for Shelia when she wins the pageant, because now she can escape her desolute life, but really, when there is a war, is any particular place better than the other?

When the soldiers set up camp in her village, Sheila is determined to snag an officer -- she sees it as her ticket out of that place. She sets her sights on Joel Solomon, much to the chagrin of her childhood friend, Gavin O'Rourke. But Joel is a Jewish American soldier, and Hitler's reach is vast. Putting her dream of leaving Ireland on hold, Sheila works with the people in their fight against Germany, even though it pushes her and Gavin further and further apart. Shelia will need all of her strength, God, and faith to create her new future - one she didn't realize she wanted.

The saying "There's No Place Like Home" comes to mind when I read this novel. Of course, it's also said not to look further than your own backyard. And that is possibly true, but to me, home is family, love, God, all of the things that help make your life complete. Ms. Falvey writes in a beautiful fashion, with the pages turning quickly. Great character development and beautiful scenery. The Linen Queen is compelling, heartbreaking and will also warm your heart. A very good read!
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Another engrossing story by the author of THE YELLOW HOUSE. The book club I'm in will be featuring it in the spring.


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