I’m thrilled to be the last stop on the blog tour for Finding Alison by Deirdre Eustace today.
About the book
In Carniskey, a small fishing village in Ireland, the community is divided, wracked by grief and guilt; love and resentment; despair and hope.
Sean Delaney has been missing at sea for three years, and no one – least of all his grieving wife, Alison – knows what really happened to him.
Having lost her husband, her financial security, and having grown distant from her daughter, Alison feels alone and estranged from the villagers. Sean’s mother has not spoken since her house was burgled after his disappearance, and Alison’s only friend, Kathleen, harbours secrets of her own.
Isolated by their stunning, yet often cruel, surroundings, the community is forced to look inwards. But when artist and lifelong nomad William comes to town, he offers Alison a new perspective on life – and love. What she doesn’t realise is that strangers have secrets of their own, and William’s arrival threatens to unearth the mysteries of the past. A story of courage and humanity, we follow a community through their struggles and triumphs in love, loss and betrayal.
As each of the characters strives to find their own sense of belonging, they are led to the realisation that it is only through the truth that they can truly find happiness.
Published 18th May 2017 by Black and White Publishing
When I saw the cover and read the back of this book, I knew it was going to be special. I started reading, got to the end of the second chapter and life got in the way. I didn’t get the chance to pick it up again until I was taken to my bed ill a couple of days later and then I devoured it, I just couldn’t put it down.
We are introduced to Alison when she is woken by a knock at the door which reveals the devastating news that her husband is missing at sea. Sean was last seen taking his fishing boat out in a storm late in the evening and the news that his boat has sunk devastates Alison and her daughter Hannah.
Three years later Alison and Hannah have a difficult relationship, both are still devastated by the disappearance of Sean, Hannah’s at a difficult stage in life and Alison is having trouble moving on. With her Mother-in-law in a home after being burgled and with money worries Alison fears there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
Deirdre Eustace has written an exceptionally good story with characters that you take into your heart. Each character has a story or secret and you cant help but feel like you are involved in some way, it’s really hard to explain but I really felt emotionally attached to the story. The descriptiveness of the sea is just breath taking and the connection Alison has with it blew me away. There’s so much passion between the two, the sea is almost like another character and really has a strong lead in this book with its hold over Alison.
Finding Alison is a story about loss, courage and really finding yourself. The author does a fantastic job of really letting Alison tell her story, as if she was right there beside you and every emotion she felt, I felt. I’ll not lie and admit there were nearly a few tears along the way as I travelled with Alison on her journey, but I also laughed as well and as the secrets and shocks were revealed I was left open mouthed at some points, I just didn’t see them coming.
I really can’t do this book justice with my review, this is a story that needs to be read but I warn you, make sure you have plenty of reading time as you really wont want to put it down and as you’ll be able to tell I’ll definitely be recommending Finding Alison.
My thanks go the publishers for the chance to be on the blog tour and to read this fantastic book.