Rosie’s #Bookreview of Cultural Fiction and Irish Folklore, The Story Collector by @evgaughan

The Story CollectorThe Story Collector by Evie Gaughan

4 Stars

The Story Collector is a dual-time cultural fiction. The settings are Ireland in 1910 and 2010.

The story opens in 2010 with Sarah, who is running away from a broken marriage. On a whim she boards an aeroplane to Western Ireland. She arrives in a tiny village to nurse her wounds.  Then she discovers a lost diary.

In 1910, farmer’s daughter Anna Butler met an American scholar. Harold Griffin-Krauss was collecting Celtic folklore stories and needed an introduction to the local people. Anna became his guide as they listened to tales of fairies and spirits in a land steeped in mysticism.

I enjoyed the myths and legends; of the two time-lines Anna’s tale was my favourite with its detail of the day-to-day lives of the people. Ideal for those who enjoy stories set in Ireland and who believe in the magic of the Emerald Isle’s traditional stories.

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Book description

Thornwood Village, 1910. Anna, a young farm girl, volunteers to help an intriguing American visitor, Harold Griffin-Krauss, translate ‘fairy stories’ from Irish to English. But all is not as it seems and Anna soon finds herself at the heart of a mystery that threatens the future of her community and her very way of life….. Captivated by the land of myth, folklore and superstition, Sarah Harper finds herself walking in the footsteps of Harold and Anna one hundred years later, unearthing dark secrets that both enchant and unnerve. The Story Collector treads the intriguing line between the everyday and the otherworldly, the seen and the unseen.

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