When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death Ruby - thirty-three, plump but comely - has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her prettier younger sisters, May and June.
But everything changes when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old case in the attic. Among its strange contents: a curious, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
As Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, she's enticed into a most beguiling world whose allure and magnetic power she finds irresistible.
Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter is going crazy, enlists the help of the kindly parish priest and then psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry appears imperturbable yet is inwardly reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the previous year.
As Ruby undergoes therapy, she meets local bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone. Through their shared loneliness and isolation the two find the courage to connect. But will Ruby's mother allow her daughter the happiness she so richly deserves?
The Godforsaken Daughter is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland's recent past. It's a glorious successor to McKenna's first two Tailorstown novels, The Misremembered Man and The Disenchanted Widow.
©2015 Christina McKenna (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
Maybe... a nine year old interested in spies and witches
No - terrible performance, mediocre story of spies and wicca
Sue Pitkin should just read the book not try to "perform" it. Her accents are appalling. She doesn't even maintain the same "voice" for a character and apparently forgets whether a given character is Irish, English or Scottish. It sounds like the kind of "performance" a school teacher might do when reading Roald Dahl to four year olds.
The story was interesting, informative and insightful. A good lesson in psychiatric medicine told in such a way a lay person could easily understand. The dialog was excellent, but the narrator was so irritatingly pitiful it was hard to follow the story. In the same sentence a character would go from sounding like a male to having a woman's voice before he/she got to the end of it. It was not only difficult but sometimes impossible to determine who was talking. And in trying to portray an Irish dialect almost every sentence ended in a high pitched interrogative form.
"THE IRISH VERSION OF THE CINDERELLA STORY"
It's in the top 80%. It was enjoyable and entertaining with a little magic, psychiatry and suspense thrown in.
Ruby dancing naked near the lake was certainly memorable by her family.
Ruby finally standing up to her sister and letting her know that she too was the keeper of some nasty secrets.
Ruby. First of all, she'd eat good with her healthy appetite - wouldn't pick at the dinner. Then I'd tell her to buck up and stand up for herself. She's only a doormat because she allows herself to be one.
"Very enjoyable read. "
I enjoy stories that intertwine this way. It's three stories in one. I was routing Ruby on throughout the book.
This might be my favorite one of Christina McKenna's books yet! Great story writer, she is.
"Performer is so bad I couldn't listen to this book"
I've never stopped a book purely because I couldn't stand listening to the performer before. The actress who reads this book sounds angry and barks out the words, no matter what she's conveying. I couldn't take the sound of her voice and stopped the book before even finishing Chapter 1.
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