In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family–descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring.

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family’s jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the lies the Claddagh Ring promises.

Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the “other side” isn’t quite as barbaric and uncultured as they’d been led to believe–and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner’s fire.

Fantastic!! I’ve read all three of Jennifer Deibel’s books (finally) and they are all in my top favorites of all time. She whisked me away to Ireland, again, for a tender and enriched book full of lyrical language and beautiful moments about faith and love. There is something magical about her writing and the characters she creates. I loved Steven and Anna and their families and couldn’t wait to find out how everything would end. Well done! I can’t wait for her next book (coming February 2024—and yes, I’ve already preordered).


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