Monday, February 15, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel

 About the Book:

All her life, Boston-born Moira Doherty has relished her mother's descriptions of the Emerald Isle. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira is compelled to fulfill her dying wish--that she become the teacher in Ballymann, the beloved village in Donegal, Ireland, she's heard so much about.

After an arduous voyage, Moira begins a challenging new job in an unfamiliar and ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira's mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she's journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends--and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced--as she seeks to navigate a life she'd never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review:

A Dance in Donegal by debut author Jennifer Deibel is a wonderful book that I highly recommend.  

From the descriptions of the Irish countryside, the nearby ocean, the quaint village and its people, it wasn't long before I felt like I was there.  Deibel made all of my senses aware of the setting of this story.

Most characters were lovable, yet some were despicable.  Moira's journey in this new, yet familiar town was documented in such a way that I felt deeply her uncertainty, despair, and joy.  Her character development was believable and on point.  I fell in love with those surrounding her, as well.

The story was paced well, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  With the beautiful setting, heart-stirring emotion, and the sounds of the Irish language and music, it would make a great movie.

For anyone who loves historical fiction or the Emerald Isle, this book is for you!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.  This post is also part of the Read with Audra blog tour.

About the Author:

Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher whose work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic magazine, and other publications. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and their three children.

You can find her online at, Facebook (@JenniferDeibelAuthor), and Instagram (@jenniferdeibel_author).