BOOK REVIEW: The Innocents by Jaime Lorie Goza

goza-1Irish literature holds a special place in my heart. It’s likely my own Irish heritage plays a part in that love, being that I have an undisclosed helping in my DNA. But it’s not just that. Everyone loves reading about the simple things, the struggles born of poverty, and the quaintness of rural life – narratives not restricted to those with Irish eyes of course. But Irish literature has all this, and Jaime Lorie Goza, the author of The Irish Bride Series, nails it in her prose.

If you want the Irish experience, to bask in the warmth of simpler (and a tad bit crazier) times, you can’t go wrong with this series.

She dives right in with “The Innocents,” book one of the series, by introducing us to Grace, a young Irish lass on the verge of learning that which we readers know full well – that being Irish is full of mental and physical anguish. It’s tough and it hurts, but whimsical and quite charming at times. There’s magic in every breath we take and every move we make, as someone once said. That magic can be found in the first of Goza’s memorable series when we delve into the story of Grace, Jacob, and her very Irish family.

Those who love all things Eire will find much to love in this fictional tale, just as they’ve loved others in the genre, from Claire Fullerton’s “Dancing to an Irish Reel” to, yes, Frank McCourt’s seminal “Angela’s Ashes.”

Check out the book here!

See Goza’s website here.

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