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October 23, 2017

The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson #MondayBlogs #TLCBookTours #TheCrowsOfBeara

by Susan Roberts

This is a wonderful new novel about one of my favorite places to visit – Ireland.  The author does such descriptive writing about Ireland that I feel like I’ve been on a mini vacation.  Ireland and environmental issues are the central themes of this novel but the relationship between the two main characters – Annie and Daniel is what makes this novel so memorable.

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The Crows of beara
September 2017; Ashland Creek Press
978-1618220479; ebook, print; women's fiction
Annie and Daniel are both flawed people trying to forgive themselves for their pasts and define their future selves.  Annie is an alcoholic who is just out of rehab. Her marriage is falling apart and the PR company she works for is getting tired of giving her second chances. Her last chance to keep her job is a PR job in Ireland trying to convince a small town that the new jobs that will be provided by a copper mine are more important than the environmental problems that the mine would cause.  The first person she meets in Ireland is Daniel, a metal artist, who is fighting with the demons in his past and working with many of the people in town who oppose the mining operation.  Despite their differences, Annie and Daniel are drawn to each other. The more Annie sees of the beautiful Beara peninsula, the more she questions the mine owners plans to destroy the environment. Will Annie and Daniel be able to forgive themselves for their pasts and discover happiness in their future?

This a wonderful story about love and redemption, the beautiful country of Ireland and the importance of family.

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About the Author

Julie Christine Johnson’s short stories and essays have appeared in journals including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; and River Poets Journal. Her work has also appeared in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and psychology and a master’s in international affairs. Julie leads writing workshops and seminars and offers story/developmental editing and writer coaching services.
Named a “standout debut” by Library Journal, “very highly recommended” by Historical Novels Review, and “delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical” by bestselling author Greer Macallister, Julie’s debut novel In Another Life (Sourcebooks) went into a second printing three days after its February 2016 release. A hiker, yogi, and swimmer, Julie makes her home in northwest Washington state.

Find out more about Julie at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with  her on Facebook.

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  1. Thank you for the lovely feature, Susan! Warmest regards, Julie

  2. This sounds lovely!! And that cover... <3

  3. Any book about Ireland automatically goes on my TBR list. :)

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!