Saturday, February 5, 2022

The Lady of Galway Manor By Jennifer Deibel

The Lady of Galway Manor
by Jennifer Deibel
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800738426

As an introduction to Jennifer Deibel's writing, this was a fantastic experience! It was such a blessing to be on her launch team. She sent me her book for review.


In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy's father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without the trappings and finery of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family--descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh ring. 

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than make a career in his family's jewelry shop. The past has taught him to no longer believe in love and the "lies" the Claddagh ring supposedly promises. How can he peddle what he now finds offensive?

The war for Irish independence gains strength, and the De Lacy family is caught in the crossfire. As events take a life-threatening turn, Annabeth and Stephen will discover that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty can only be made stronger when put through the refiner's fire.

My Review:

This was my first foray into Jennifer Deibel's writing and I'll be back for more!

If you want to be transported to Ireland, look no further than The Lady of Galway Manor! While I didn't understand a lick of the Irish, I completely loved it and added to the authenticity. She seamlessly set the dialogue up so that it also explained what had been said or the reply explains it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of the Claddagh ring. It had so much meaning! And to learn it's a true story as well makes it even better!

Two unlikely characters you may never meet. First is Lady Anna. She's everything bright and kind. Then there's Stephen. He's brooding and angry. Lady Anna is dropped into his life and it only makes him grumpier. It's rather hard not to be a little amused by this. I also really like Stephen's father, Seamus. He plays a big role in both of their lives. 

There was an initial like of Lady Anna's father, but that wanes easily as the story goes on. Her sister now, I loved Emmaline! I love it when sisters rally together against the monarchy and "auld" ways of doing things.

It was fun to experience Galway City through Anna's eyes. She brings the wonder of what she sees and learns to the reader. Stephen's explanations to her make me want to hop on a plane right now and go to all of the places!

If you enjoy stories where some of the characters learn their lessons, then you'll want to read this one. Sometimes the lesson is a hard one with difficult endings. Other times they're hard, but with heartwarming endings!

About the Author:

Jennifer Deibel is the author of A Dance in Donegal. Her work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic magazine, and in 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


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