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The Lace Makers of Glenmara: A Novel (edició 2009)

de Heather Barbieri (Autor)

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Fleeing for Ireland in the wake of a failed relationship, fashion designer Kate Robinson finds herself in a coastal Gaelic village and bonds with the members of a lace-making society, through whom she finds healing by listening to their stories of loss and suffering.
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Títol:The Lace Makers of Glenmara: A Novel
Autors:Heather Barbieri (Autor)
Informació:Harper (2009), Edition: 1, 288 pages
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26-year-old designer Kate Robinson flees to her ancestral homeland of Ireland after a failed fashion show, the death of her mother, and a relationship breakup. She has a little money and so backpacks around Ireland sleeping rough before arriving on the west coast, in the seaside hamlet of Glenmara. This Gaelic village is quickly going downhill as there are no jobs and no industry to keep people there. Kate stays with a woman called Bernie, alone and still grieving the loss of her husband, and a member of the local lace-making society. Other members include Aileen, mother of a difficult teenage daughter; Moira, a battered wife trying to hide what’s happening at home; Oona, in remission from breast cancer, and Colleen, whose fisherman husband is missing at sea. While ‘almost’ stuck on a rock face, Kate also meets local potter Sullivan Deane, who always has a frown on his face, and the local priest, a man who will not abide change. Kate is taught lace-making by the group and soon comes up with an idea for a line of exquisite lingerie. The group can make the lace and a friend can create a webpage to sell them on, however they need Sullivan Deane’s computer and have to leave the village to get an internet connection. It all sounds good, but the priest is suspicious. A nice read. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Oct 31, 2019 |
The plot is incredibly predictable (I think I could tell you the rough outline of the whole story by the time I got to chapter 2) but flows along well enough, and I stayed interested enough to keep reading. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
The Lace Makers of Glenmara, situated in a remote village in Ireland, reminds me of Jan Karon’s The Mitford series of novels as it offers a similar small-town feel where everyone knows each other and occasionally each other’s business as well. Although the author, Heather Barbieri, eloquently describes the rustic Irish countryside, I could never seem to truly feel engaged with this story. Perhaps, if the author had written this novel using Kate’s voice in the first person, I might have felt less detached than when reading this version in the third person.
When Kate Robinson’s mother passes away, and Kate’s relationship with boyfriend Ethan ends in disappointment, Kate flees to ancestral Ireland to find a balance in her life and to come to terms with her mother’s death. There, in a coastal village, Kate meets Bernie and the lacemakers of Glenmara. In learning the craft of working with lace, Kate finds the inspiration to design beautiful lingerie, and a new pact and business is formed that leads to new possibilities for all the women in this guild of lacemakers.
Ironically in this world’s smallest community, Kate finds handsome Sullivan Deane who similarly is recovering from a lost love. Although I’m often easily absorbed in the emotional and romantic elements of a story, I thought that the author could have developed this romance a little further. Sullivan Deane’s character was never truly revealed and his feelings were never really made transparent. I would have wanted to understand his torment better, and to feel his rehabilitation through his developing relationship with Kate.
Aside from all that, I did find The Lace Makers of Glenmara to be a pleasant story and probably a worthy read. It’s not compelling or enchanting, but enjoyable nonetheless. ( )
  haymaai | Jan 13, 2014 |
Oh, brother. Let's see if you've heard this before: Ireland as the mystical place where broken people can become whole again with the help of a pair of cute old Irish men, a studly young Irish man, a bad-guy, an out-of-touch Irish priest, and of course, the wiser-than-anyone-you'll-find-in-America Irish lacemakers. The story is predictable and dull, with no sense of how much time is passing, a wacky freak-out experience for the heroine that is simply passed off as the result of ghosts, and a resolution that is much too pat. It was a (very brief) diversion, hardly worth the trip to the library. ( )
  SLWert | Jan 2, 2014 |
review to follow ( )
  dragonflydee1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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"Author Heather Barbieri examines with searching intelligence Kate's personal resilience and her quest for creative fulfillment...Barbieri's rendering of the details of lacemaking seems impressively authentic. The novel features insights into human entanglements both current and from the past."
 
"Devastating loss gives way to new life in Heather Barbieri's charming novel The Lace Makers of Glenmara, about a heartbroken American designer who discovers inspiration, comfort, and friendship in an intimate circle of lace makers from a quaint Irish village."

 
"I finished reading it in two days. It was that good...The author has woven together a great story with believable characters. One of the reasons I devoured the book so quickly is because I actually cared about the characters and wanted to see what happened to them. There is realistic conflict and even more realistic resolutions. I thought it was relevant here because interwoven within the story is the soothing, satisfying nature of needlework and how it can often bring together diverse groups of women (and the occasional man) in a way that nothing else can. I highly recommend this book!"

afegit per heatherbarbieri | editaCraneCottage.com (Jun 19, 2009)
 
"A lovely, quiet tale with interesting characters and a beautiful setting that pops off the page. The Lace Makers of Glenmara is delicately woven and consumed quickly."
afegit per heatherbarbieri | edita5MinutesForBooks.com (Jun 19, 2009)
 
"A sweet, absorbing story - pitch-perfect literary fiction."
afegit per heatherbarbieri | editaBooks on the Cape (Jun 15, 2009)
 
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