‘A gorgeous, absorbing tale. The characters’ experiences of loss and their stoic sense of survival brought history to life in a way I had never seen it before… a compelling and captivating story, filled with adventure, love and regret’ Nicola Cassidy, author of December Girl
I have a story to tell you, Diane. It is my story and your story and the story of a century that remade the world. When we reach the end, you will be the ultimate arbiter of whether it was worth your time. You will also sit in judgment on me.
In a cottage in Normandy, Lina Rose is writing to the daughter she abandoned as a baby. Now a successful if enigmatic author, she is determined to trace her family’s history through the two world wars that shaped her life. But Lina can no longer bear to carry her secrets alone, and once the truth is out, can she ever be forgiven?
Chonghaile stuns in her second book for Legend Press weaving a complex narrative covering conflict, secrets, judgement and what it takes to sever family ties.
The Reckoning is available in ebook and paperback now, you can purchase your copy of both here.
The Reckoning is a fascinating, poignant novel about the events of one woman’s life over the course of the twentieth century. It describes everything she experience the good, the bad, things she regrets and those she is proud of.
There were lots of great historic events in this time period and the author does a great job of visiting each one. I enjoyed reading about these events from Lina’s point of view as everyone has different experiences, especially during the two world wars.
I didn’t really warm to the main character Lina as I found her to be quite arrogant at times. She’s also not very apologetic about any of the things she’s done, despite some of them have far reaching consequences. I’m not sure I’d have been very happy if I was her daughter reading these letters.
This isn’t a fast paced book but nor should it be as that would take away from the beauty of the story. Instead the reader provides an almost intimate narrative that makes the reader understand the character and their background really well so that they almost feel like friends. This made the book a fantastic read for me.
This is the first book by this author I have read and I’d definitely like to read more from her.
Huge thanks to Lucy from Legend Press for my copy of this book and for inviting me on the blog tour. If you like emotional historical fiction you’ll love this book.
About The Author:
Clár Ní Chonghaile was born in London but grew up in An Spidéal, County Galway. She left Ireland aged 19 to join Reuters in London as a graduate trainee journalist. Clár has been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, living and working in Spain, France, the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Kenya. She now lives in St Albans, England, with her husband and two daughters. Her debut novel, Fractured, was published by Legend Press in 2016.