Monday, 6 July 2009

The Lace Makers of Glenmara

…de Seattlest:

The Lace Makers of Glenmara is one of those novels that you can bet on becoming a big film in the future. We can see it already, and are practically putting money on who would star. Let's see, we need a starring actress who is pretty but not beautiful; petite, not tall; with a lively wit to make up for anything lacking...and a leading man who is tall dark and handsome with an Irish accent. The movie just seems like a no-brainer.

And why is it a no-brainer? Well, you've got (as described above) a 26-year-old Seattle fashion designer devastated by the twin heartbreaks of her mother dying and her long-time boyfriend leaving her for a gorgeous rail-thin fashion model. She escapes to the rural countryside town of Glenmara, Ireland, in hopes of finding herself….

….The Lace Makers of Glenmara also illustrates that Barbieri did her homework--not only in the language and Gaelic, but in the setting as well. It's a quick read, is truly heartfelt, and in all, is a charming story of one woman setting out to make something better for herself with no expectations of aid besides her own capabilities.

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