25 February 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews LONDONDERRY DREAMING by Christine Lindsay

Londonderry Dreaming
Londonderry Dreaming

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 STARS~ *****


In ‘Londonderry Dreaming’, author Christine Lindsay sweeps the reader away to the beautiful rolling Irish countryside and stunning coast of Londonderry. The scenery throughout the novel is expressively illustrated, easily enabling the reader to visualize the emerald fields dotted with sheep, the ancient stone walls, and the cobblestone streets and winding roads of Northern Ireland. Of course, you can’t travel to Londonderry without viewing the Giant’s Causeway, and in this sweet contemporary romantic novella, Keith and Naomi - the hero and heroine of the story visit the coastal causeway together, capturing what I thought was a sublimely-written romantic moment in time in the midst of God's majestic sculptures!

Five years ago Keith Wilson and Naomi Doyle were a young couple in love, but to Keith’s shock and subsequent heartbreak, Naomi’s grandfather had suddenly stepped in to whisk her back to the States to assist her in setting up a career as an artist. Naomi felt she had no choice at the time than to break up with Keith. And now five years later she has been called back to Ireland in a letter by Keith’s grandmother, only to discover that she has passed away. Keith and Naomi work together to try and solve the mystery surrounding the curious painting in his Grandmother’s attic and as they do, they are at a loss as what to do with their feelings for each other that have resurfaced – as neither believes their love is reciprocated. Will the heartache from their past forever keep them from bravely opening up their hearts again? 

‘Londonderry Dreaming’ is an enjoyable and sweet tale of friendship and forgiveness, of the rekindling of love, and of the importance of communication. It is a journey that takes the reader to both Ireland and the States to rediscover faith in God and in the power of love. And it’s also the story of a wise old grandmother that will not be kept silent, even from the grave! I highly recommend this engaging Irish love story that’s as enchanting with the romance as it is with the mesmerizing visit to the Emerald Isle.



You can purchase a copy from: White Rose PublishingAmazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD etc.
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GIVEAWAY: Christine Lindsay and OWG will be giving away 2 copies of 'Londonderry Dreaming' for two people who leave a comment this week, either on this review or Diana's review of Heavenly Haven coming up on Thursday. 
*Make sure you leave your email if we don't know it so that we may contact you if you're the winner!

43 comments:

  1. This sounds like a typical Christine Lindsay book -- captivating and wonderful! What an awesome review, NOELA, and I'm really looking forward to reading this one! LOVE Irish settings!

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    1. Thank you my sweet, and you're absolutely right, Christine's books are indeed wonderful and captivating... She truly is an exceptional story-teller, and I love how Christine gives you a deep sense of the surroundings in her stories which enables you to journey to different places around the world with her characters. :-)

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  2. I love romance sprinkled with mystery! Especially in Ireland. Who can resist that?!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. Not me that's for sure SUSAN, nor you! :) You'll just love this beautiful story!

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  3. Great review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book- now I want to read it!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com
    http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you HEIDI... And it's always great to hear you've encouraged someone to read an awesome story!! Hope you get to do that soon! :)

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  4. It looks like I am travelling vicariously. Sounds like a lovely read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Me too MARY! :) I've never flown in a plane yet I've been all around the world!! Thank the Lord for books! And now thanks to Christine, I've also been to Londonderry. What a great trip that was! :) You'll enjoy it just as much Mary!

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  5. Great review! I love books set in Ireland! Now I really want to read it!

    amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Wonderful AMY, I hope you get to read it very soon!! Blessings!

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  6. It sounds wonderful, NOELA! I don't read much contemporary but I do believe I would enjoy this one :) {{hugs}}

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    1. Thank you ANNE, and hugs back! I'm very much the same Anne, but somehow Christine has captured the magic in this contemporary story that most historical's have. A very talented writer!!

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  7. I love stories that take me away to another place and Londonderry Dreaming sounds like a vacation!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com
    OWG

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    1. I think you should definitely pack your bags MARY and take a vacation to Londonderry via Christine's book! I did what I often do with a great story in a new place... After travelling via the book, I then go via Google to see a little more! :)

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  8. Londonderry Dreaming sounds like such a charming story! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Noela!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Aww you're welcome BRITNEY, thanks! :) It really is a very charming story and I hope you get to read it soon!!

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  9. NOELA what a wonderful review, this sounds like a fascinating setting and a charming story. Maybe one day I'll get around to reading it, my stack is growing by leaps and bounds! :-)

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    1. Thanks TERESA,,,, You know, I think you should pop this one on top of that huge TBR stack of yours, it's a quick and VERY enjoyable read and SO worth sneaking in before the others! ;)

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  10. Sounds like a great contemporary book! Seems I've been reading more and more of them lately... I think historicals will always be my first choice, but the contemporary novels of late have been growing on me.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi PATTY, thanks for stopping by to read about Christine's book! I'm exactly the same... I think the quality of the contemporary's are definitely improving and that may be why they're getting more popular. And Londonderry Dreaming is one of those quality novella's that make it a huge pleasure to read a contemporary! :)

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  11. Loved the trailer for this book. Beautiful scenery. Book looks great and looking forward to reading it. Thank you for featuring Christine and her book Londonderry Dreaming.
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It is a beautiful trailer isn't it JACKIE! I think you're the first person to mention it and I can't believe I haven't yet either. It was my great pleasure to review this wonderful story, I wish you all the best in the comp Jackie.

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  12. This sounds like a great book. I really enjoyed the review and love reading about Ireland. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Great to hear BRITTANY! :) Ireland really is such a beautiful place and although I haven't read too much set in Ireland myself, I always find it fascinating when I do. All the best with your entry!

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  13. This book sounds fantastic! I would love a chance to win.
    Susan Snodgrass
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    1. It really was a very enjoyable book SUSAN and I would love you to have a chance to win it also, guess that means you're in the drawing!! ;)

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  14. After reading your introduction, I feel like I've already seen beautiful Ireland. :) Great writing, my dear Aussie (mdA).

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    1. Thank you so much MARIAN (mdD), I'm so glad I could whisk you away to Ireland. But you know who's an even greater tour guide? Keith Wilson! And a very handsome and charming one too I might add! ;)

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    2. Guess I'll have to find that out some day. :)

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  15. I always love your beautifully descriptive reviews, Noela, and I would love to visit Ireland, personally - but will settle for a tour there via the pages of "Londonderry Dreaming", for now!!

    Love the mystery and romance of this novel - and the "I'm guessing" happy ending, hopefully, for Keith and Naomi!! Would love to read this one - thanks, Noela!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com
    OWG

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    1. Why thank you dear BONNIE, and trust me you will thoroughly enjoy your tour there via the pages of 'Londonderry Dreaming' and will come home with dozens of snapshots of beautiful Ireland in your mind! :) Hope you get a chance to read it soon Bonnie! All the best!

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  16. Wow, I am honored by this wonderful review, Noela. I can't thank you enough for all the kind things you say. But you know---beautiful writing is seen in your reviews too. We're all in this together, sharing the beauty of the Lord's creation in the writing and reviewing of good stories. Thank you to all of you who do such a wonderful job on Overcoming with God.

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    1. It's been a real pleasure to feature your wonderful story here this week CHRISTINE!!
      That is a grand and beautiful way to see it Christine - that we're sharing the beauty of the Lord's creation in writing! I like that! :) Thank you for your kind words too, from myself and all of us here at OWG!

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  17. Another great review Noela !!! Christine Lindsay is new to me but I believe I will enjoy her, I love the Irish setting stories.. a wish of mine to visit one day. Thanks for the great review !! Rosemary rfoley at salemstate dot edu

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    1. Thank you so much ROSEMARY, and I just know you will love this story! And you'd love Christine's other books - I highly recommend them also!!! I sincerely hope your wish comes true Rosemary, and you get to visit Ireland... and if you do, send me a postcard!! :)

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  18. Oh I would love to go too Irland I've seen beautiful pictures of it. I also like listening to Irish jig music. Makes me just want to dance.
    The book sounds interesting and the cover is just beautiful.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Hi DANIE, I agree completely, the cover is really beautiful and I do love those colours!! :) Here's to a win, and if you do win it, you'll have to do an Irish jig around the room okay?! :)

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    2. Okay Noela, I will do that for ya.
      Right now we're having tons of rain and wind. Thanks

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  19. What a great review, this sounds like such a sweet story that I would love to read! One of my dreams is to someday visit Ireland!
    kcrouse1950@verizon.net

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    1. Thanks KATHI, it is a very sweet story and I do hope you get to read it soon, it'd be a great pre-cursor to your trip to Ireland wouldn't it?!! :)

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  20. Thanks for this review Noela. Sounds great, I've been interested in Ireland because had heard we had some Irish in our blood. I could easy believe it for we had my dad and two sisters and 2 brothers who had read hair. Also many cousins. And my first granddaughter was born with bright red hair. I mean the beautiful red. More so than my dad and siblings. And, it still is. Love it. Well, I googled the meaning of our family name and it said that name came from Wales and Ireland way back centuries ago. Also checked my mothers maiden name and it also came from Ireland. Both families had Family Seats. Part of nobility was the meaning. Wish I had more. All I knew was my grandparents on both sides had come to TX. from the Carolinas. I would love to read this book. Please put my name for a chance to win. Thanks to Christine and OWG for this give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Well you just never know do you MAXIE... Sounds like there's a good chance you could have some Irish blood in your veins! In a way we're all related anyways as we all came from Adam,right! ;) I'm not sure if you realize Maxie but this giveaway is only for an e-book as this book is not in paperback... at least not at this time anyway. God bless you!

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  21. If you have not done the drawing yet--throw me in the hat please--You know that I LOVE having the e-books for my travel. I have not yet been to Ireland, but I would sure love to go there someday.via this story--sounds to be a GREAT read--I love visiting new places via books--but then again, I also love meeting new friends too.
    GL with your new book Danie Walker

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