I can never avoid bookshops, but in Australia they are just too expensive. So I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a book sale in Dymocks. Pleased I left the bookshop with three new additions, one of them Tara Flynn by Geraldine O’Neill.
The story is set in the 1950s. Tara Flynn is a girl from a poor family who is striving for the best in life. Through hard work and saving she dreams of living like the upper class. This is represented by the only fancy house in town; Ballygrace House. The Fitzgeralds live in this castle and they are a strong contrast with the rest of the village.
Through school Tara becomes friends with their daughter and their son certainly captures her eye. Their daughter Madeleine starts suffering from a mental disease and as Tara seems to calm her down, the family finally lets her into their beautiful home and family. But this family turns out not to be as perfect as it looks from the outside. Tara decides to run away from her problems with her friend Biddy. They’re happy to start their new life in England.
Tara Flynn is a book about life, a somewhat romantic story of a girl dealing with obstacles to follow her dreams. Tara learns about life quickly. With her strong will she overcomes any struggles that cross her path. It is a well written story that captures your attention from the start. It certainly sucked me in. The subject matter can be quite emotional, but once you get started, you’ll find it hard to put away.
This post is inspired by the daily prompt: bookworm.