NOTES FROM A SPINNING PLANET -- IRELAND
A pleasing blend of intrigue, blossoming romance, and the sights and sounds
of Ireland make this book by Carlson
(the first in a series) a bright and breezy read for all ages. The author's descriptions will have readers believing they can smell the terrific food and feel the lush green countryside.
Nineteen-year-old Madison Chase truly did just get off the farm. And she worries it shows as she travels around Northern Ireland with her journalist aunt and her aunt's godson, Ryan McIntire. Though the IRA is supposedly extinct, Ryan's family roots seem embedded in the violent past of the country. Maddie soon discovers her aunt may have a secret. Madison's romantic notions about her aunt and a former IRA member may put everyone in danger. (WaterBrook, Nov., 256 pp., $12.99)