Kelegeen by Eileen O’Finlan #BookReview #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

KelegeenKelegeen by Eileen O’Finlan

Deeply affecting, utterly devastating & overwhelmingly sad!

Oh my goodness…..I don’t think a book has ever affected me and my emotions in the way that this one has. It was definitely an excellent read but a tough one that made me feel a little down and depressed, even finding it a little hard to shake that feeling while I was absorbed in this book.

KELEGEEN by EILEEN O’FINLAN is a haunting, shocking, emotional and heart-wrenching tale set in Ireland in 1846 during the potato famine. The amount of pain, sorrow and suffering was extremely tangible and absolutely devastating to read about. Only knowing minimal information about this part of history really affected and impacted me as a reader.

EILEEN O’FINLAN delivers an atmospheric, compelling and important read here that I am so glad that I read. Even though it was a difficult book for me to read the characters and their strength, love and courage definitely shined through and helped me to get through this book.

Norma’s Stats:

Cover: Hauntingly beautiful!  The sadness and pain that emanates from her eyes on the cover definitely depicts this storyline well.

Title: I can’t say that this title intrigued me or enticed me to read this book but it is a meaningful and fitting representation to the storyline.

Writing/Prose: Poignant, captivating, and straightforward.

Plot: Emotive, eye-opening, interesting, affecting, unforgettable and distressing.

Ending: Satisfying and hopeful.

Overall: Even though it was a difficult book for me to read I am so glad to have had the chance to read this book and learn more about Ireland’s history. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Eileen O’Finlan for gifting me a copy of this book to read.

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Update: The author of this book, Eileen O’Finlan has some exciting news to share about this book. Please head on over to the link below to see what it is…..but here is a hint…..


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Random Book Musings: Do you like to read a Christmas themed book in December to help set the mood for the upcoming holiday season? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers



Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a great Thursday!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

So last week totally got away from me and I did not post a Book Musings Random Question and I apologize to everyone who looks forward to participating and sharing your thoughts with us.  So I thought with the holidays coming I would ask a related book question this week.

Norma’s random book question:

Do you like to read a Christmas themed book in December to help set the mood for the upcoming holiday season? Do you have any Christmas traditions that you &/or your family partake in?

img_7228Norma’s Answer

I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Christmas themed books. I used to totally avoid them and wouldn’t even pick up anything that was solely Christmas themed as I felt like they were a little bit too cheesy for some reason. I’m not exactly sure where those thoughts even came from because I haven’t read too many over the years.

I definitely feel like reading one this year though and picked up The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan. Not sure when I’ll get the chance to read it but I couldn’t resist because I love that cover!

So I sort of got this idea after really looking at that cover and thought what a perfect read for Brenda, Lindsay and I to read together this holiday season.  Three Christmas sisters and us three Traveling Sisters…..what do you think Brenda & Lindsay are you game to read this one?  If anyone else would like to join us in reading this book or if you have read it let us know what you thought of it.


P.S. – Just maybe, Secret Santa might be sending you some surprise bookmail to you my dear Brenda & Lindsay!

img_7232Brenda’s Answer

Christmas themed books are not my normal type of read but I think I would like to read The Christmas Sisters.  How could I not with a title like that?  I am going to be watching the mail.

img_7237Lindsay’s Answer

I’m with you Norma and Nikki – on the fence about Christmas themed books. I don’t dislike the idea of reading them, but I’m not drawn to them in any way. I think for a lot of readers, reading them puts them in the Christmas spirit which is a fun and festive thing. 🎄 🎅


Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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