Romance, drama, suspense, and beautiful scenery reign supreme in A Class Apart by Susie Murphy. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I can’t wait to tell you about it!
From the Cover: It’s 1828, and Ireland is in turmoil as Irish tenants protest against their upper-class English landlords.
Nineteen-year-old Bridget Muldowney is thrilled to return to the estate in Carlow she’ll inherit when she comes of age. But since she left for Dublin seven years earlier, the tomboy has become a refined young lady, engaged to be married to a dashing English gentleman.
Cormac McGovern, now a stable hand on the estate, has missed his childhood friend. He and Bridget had once been thick as thieves, running wild around the countryside together.
When Bridget and Cormac meet again their friendship begins to rekindle, but it’s different now that they are adults. Bridget’s overbearing mother, determined to enforce the employer-servant boundaries, conspires with Bridget’s fiancé to keep the pair apart.
With the odds stacked against them, can Bridget and Cormac’s childhood attachment blossom into something more?
What I Loved: A Class Apart is a breathtaking piece of historical fiction that made me turn the pages so fast I thought my fingers might catch on fire. The descriptions completely transported me. The characters were clear, believable, and relatable. There is genuinely something happening in every chapter, so this isn’t a tale of ladies sitting in the parlor and gossiping over tea. The story encompasses the real truths that the people in Ireland had to face in their time, weaving a heartrending tale that’s impossible not to read.
I usually make notes as I read a book when I know I’m going to review it, but I didn’t want to put this book down long enough to do so. There’s so much more I wish I could say about it, because A Class Apart deserves heaps of praise. It’s a true testament to the fact that indie authors can and do take pride in creating literary art.
What I Didn’t Love So Much: Nothing! That it ended, maybe? I want more! Since this is noted as the first book in a series, I can’t wait for the next volume!
Rating and Recommendation: If you love to see a place and time in history come to life, if you love romance, glorious prose, and a read that will keep you on your couch well past the time you should have gotten up to make dinner, then A Class Apart is for you. I wish I could award more, but I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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