Celtic Review & Video

Posted Saturday, 11/02/19

I'm amazed by this great review of Celtic Remnants by Barbara Cerda at Good Reads.


The event. The Bogside Massacre. Bloody Sunday. Derry Northern Ireland, 30 January 1972. One heartless moment of violence and subsequent retaliation against bigotry will last for generations. The emotional scars created in this day has lasted for generations. Eventually, the hatred tears the love between the son of an English Earl and a bonny Irish girl.

This novel is quite a read. A masterful weaving of a love story that nestles nicely within remnants of Upstairs Downstairs, Poldark, and finally Downtown Abby. To me, the author speaks grandly about how the post World Wars have altered the cultures of Britain and Ireland. Not a new story but one haunted by centuries-old hate and bigotry. Although not an easy read. I think Anglophiles will crush on the detail of this work that is memorable. Well crafted characterization may slow the reader's progress in the beginning. But the emotional force conveyed when the author seamlessly transitions from love scenes to heartbreaking moments is surprisingly memorable.

It is because of this author's incredible skill and grace in storytelling that it serves well in telling of Celtic culture and its brutal struggles to achieve autonomy under British rule.

"Place yer loyalty to yer own first, rather than the masses."

Celtic Remnants

Celtic Remnants by Deborah O'Toole


This is a love story that finds its beginnings with tragic remnants that scars the soul of a young Irish girl, robbing her of family and home. Part of a closely-knit Irish family, the child Ava Egan learns firsthand the brutality of the British military. Hatred spawned from unjust violence, murders, and civil unrest darkens the heart of Ava. Until years later, as a young woman, she meets and falls unexpectedly in love with David Lancaster, eldest son of a belted English Earl.

With a soul steeped in the old traditions of English nobility, David and friend Bart Quantrill unexpectedly find love with two Irish girls. Only to lose that love in the cruelest of ways. The chance meeting in a small Irish pub changes the hearts and lives of four people. While one is forced to throw away a love that strengthens his heart. And makes him question the morality within a world of privilege. Ava returns home to Ireland broken and filled with hate. Following family traditions, she chooses to fight to break the yoke of British rule that destroyed her life.

This author weaves a tale of how bigotry and complacence created a world of violence and tragedy. Yet within the dreadful throes of violent civil unrest, loves springs real and lasting.

In addition, Barbara created a beautiful video about Celtic Remnants

Celtic Remnants by Deborah O'Toole from Barbara Cerda on Vimeo.

And much love and thanks to Terrie at Club Lighthouse Publishing for all of her efforts on my behalf.

Irish Eyes: "Celtic Remnants" by Deborah O'Toole

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