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It’s 1865 and prejudice against the Irish runs surprising deep, as Emile finds out.

Her childhood friend- and Irishman- Quaid McFarland has returned home from the war. Emile didn’t plan on having any feelings, but she was curious to see him again after so many years. Bending Toward the Sun

As both Quaid and Emile realize their feelings toward one another, they both find themselves torn between love and obeying Emile’s German father.

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That’s the plot in a nutshell. I know this is a novella, but it didn’t do anything for me. This could have been a good book as a novel, although the premise of just being obedient for the sake of being obedient doesn’t set well with me, regardless of what year it’s supposed to be.

I won’t spoil it if you decide to read it- it’s a fast read- but let me just say the ending was terribly ‘canned,’ in my opinion. I’ve reviewed another title by this author, and both have been let-downs, I’m sorry to say. I really want to like the story; the plots are decent, but the writing just leaves me disappointed, because there’s just not enough substance there.

I hate to do it, but this one gets 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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