Review: The Lace Makers of Glenmara – Heather Barbieri

Genre: Fiction
Pages: 304
Published: 2009

“You can always start again,” Kate Robinson’s mother once told her. “All it takes is a new thread.”Overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, Kate follows her mother’s advice and flees to Ireland, her ancestral homeland, hoping to reinvent herself. In the seaside hamlet of Glenmara, the struggling twentysix-year-old fashion designer quickly develops a bond with members of the local lace-making societyβ€”and soon she and the lace makers are creating a line of exquisite lingerie, their skilled hands bringing flowers, Celtic dragons, nymphs, saints, kings, and queens to life with painterly skill. The circle also offers them something more: the strength to face their desires and fears. But not everyone in this charming, fading Gaelic village welcomes Kate, and a series of unexpected events threatens to unravel everything the women have worked so hard for.
My thoughts:
First I must say that my review is not going to give this wonderful book justice. It’s just one of those books that are  so wonderfully written that I just not have enough words to express why I loved it so.
Kate designs clothes and loves to sew gets dumped by her fiancΓ©, so she leaves for Ireland and just wanders around. She is both sad over her relationship and her mother’s death. She is a bit broken and she finds solace in Glenmara. A broken town with no tourists and  people are fleeing because there is nothing to do there, but she finds wonderful friends there, Bernie who rents out a room to her and who is lonely too. And the rest of the Lace makers who all have different problems, if it’s husbands, themselves or children. With each other they find a new goal in the lingerie they start to make, and they each find that they lost too. They might be older than her, but they are all women and the friendship they form is strong.
The prose is beautiful, and something as simple as them sitting there and talking still brings out everything the book has to offer. It is well written and with it’s story about friendship, loss and new-found strength it makes it a story  for everyone. There is also a bit of romance hidden in the background, but even though I love romance it is the life of these women that is more important (still yay romance).
It also made me tear up, because it’s not all fun and friendship. There is also jealousy and a priest that is just an ass.
Now look, I just can’t bring it justice. It’s just impossible. The book was lovely, and it also has these pieces of magical realism in it. It’s a book you read slowly to savour all the words.
Of course I recommend this book to all. I loved it, it was wonderful and it when I finished it I was happy. This is how I want my fiction to be like. It was perfect.
And a big thank you to Anna from Diary of an Eccentric. She sent me this book, and you were so right, it was just the book for me.
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46 thoughts on “Review: The Lace Makers of Glenmara – Heather Barbieri

  1. Jenny says:

    I love books set in Ireland and I'm excited that the romance is subtle in this one, sometimes I like just a lovely, quiet romance mixed in with all my smexy romances:)

  2. Darlene says:

    I loved this book as well! I'm glad you did too – I read it for my book club and a lot of them didn't really like it and I couldn't imagine why. I loved the whole idea of a group making things with lace – it would be such fun and so would living there be!

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    MysticaIt was a great book, you'd like itLindaYou must find the time, and since it's rather short it wont take that longDianaI sure hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It was pure magicChrisI hope she gets it πŸ˜€

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    BermudaI am glad it shows πŸ˜€ I knew from the start that it was loveJennyI love the setting too. Oh Ireland, I have to go there one day. And the subtle romance was lovely, sometimes I do not need it the be in your faceJennyI can see the resemblance. You should so read itElysiumWin win! I love that country

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    DarleneFor me it's one of those books that I couldn't either think of why someone would not like it. With other book it's easier, but with this one, oh everyone should love it :)AudraShe is like me then, I love Ireland :DMaryIt's sure to make my fav list this year too :DCarolIt's just so wonderful, the book just has to be read to see it

  6. Missie says:

    Awe! Sounds like this book had a deep impact on you. I love it when that happens. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm loving your description of the prose.

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    AnaI do hope you like it if you find it *fingers crossed..double crossed*MissieThe prose, aww, just like it should be. I do love a good writer. Sometimes I like the story and do not care for the writing but here everything just pulled you inLadybugYay, I am glad, I just wished I could have told it as eloquently as she did

  8. Amused says:

    This is one of those books I've had on my shelves for awhile now. Your review has made me want to take it out and read it immediately!

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    AmusedI do hope you take it down and read it. It's just one of those lovely books that are so normal and yet so magicalMelissaLol, yes I seem to hate HEAs, and that is really weird since if I do not get a HEA in a book I get really mad. But these are just so much more fun to write.As for the cover, a book like this doesn't need a fancy one, but yes perhaps it could be more eye-catchingMishaDo read it, and when you do I sure hope you fall for it as hard as I didNiseYay, it is a work that deserves to be readMichelleI agree, it sure deserves so much more attention because it was absolutely wonderful

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    IrenaI am sure you would love it too!NaidaI love the setting too, so highly recommendedJUJUIt was amazing πŸ˜€ I am so happy to have read it

  11. Redd says:

    Oooh! I think you did a wonderful job in reviewing. The book sounds heavenly to me. I love a book with wonderful prose and an amazing setting such as Ireland.Thanks for the newest addition to my tbrlist! =)Have an awesome weekend!R

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    ReddThanks, I am glad you liked the review πŸ˜€ And the writing, wonderful and the setting, could anything be more amazing than Ireland? πŸ˜€ RebeccaThanks for stopping by, and I do recommend the bookYvonneYou should really read it

  13. Anna says:

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I really liked it, too. It was a very touching book, with a balance of light and serious moments.

  14. Blodeuedd says:

    Lady QYou so gotta read it!StaciIt was just so wonderful, awww, just loved itAnnaI liked the light, and the sad. That one sad part, heartbreaking

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