Book Review: The Irish Fall by Brooke Gilbert

Eyre goes to find her heart in Ireland, what she doesn’t realize is she will be leaving it there.
Eyre decides she’s had enough and jumps on the first appealing flight, landing her in the heart of Ireland. As she looks out from the Cliffs of Moher, she thinks about how much Crohn’s and endometriosis have forced her to give up in life.

Darby, definitely not to be confused with Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, is a cynical and jaded Irishman who doesn’t get emotionally involved–a true grump. While giving a tour, he spots a woman dangerously close to the edge of the cliffs, and he’s drawn to her.

But everything’s about to change for both of them. Darby collects Eyre as part of his tour group and decides to show her the heart of Ireland, and in doing so, shows her how much heart she still has left to give.

Darby has his own demons to face–invisible ones that he battles every day. With the help of a curmudgeonly older Irish man, a quirky border collie, and a fiery yet grandmotherly bartender, Eyre and Darby’s wounded souls start to open up their hearts to each other. But is the healing power of Ireland enough to open a guarded heart? And is love enough to help a scarred soul face the demons he has been trying to outrun for so long?

The book jumped right into the story, which was nice. Then a very detailed few days followed and then the entire book took place only in the span of a few days. I have never read a book with so many thoughts and little daily details on every page. At first I loved it, but it did feel a bit repetitive as the pages went on. Many of the same thoughts were shared by both characters, which is true to real life, but I found myself skimming parts. Both characters battled illness in some way, which was dealt with very realistically, and while not always romantic or neat, I did like reading a book with such real down-to-earth issues. The end was wonderful and I loved how it all fell together. All the characters in the story were well written and endearing—exactly the type you’d want to meet on your own journey to Ireland.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.