Welcome to the Christmas book fair and today more great reads that make perfect gifts for book lovers.
And the first author is Mary Crowley and A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, her first novel, which is a wonderful read, set on the west coast of Ireland.
About the book
Imagine, a warm summer’s morning with the Sweet Smell of Strawberries wafting through the air, tantalising your senses….
For Sarah Connolly, this invokes beautiful memories of her son Jack. A talented athlete destined to represent Ireland in the Olympics and loved by everyone who knew him. While out training early one morning, the sixteen-year-old was killed when Desmond Shanahan lost control of his car. Jack’s death crushing Sarah, as her only child, he was the very essence of her life.
Losing a child in tragic circumstances, leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, a sense of unjust…..
Now, five years after the tragedy, Desmond’s early release from prison leaves Sarah feeling let down by the justice system and she makes sure he knows this. Even if it means losing friends in her quest to remind the close community of Kilmer Cove, of Desmond’s guilt. What Sarah fails to realise is nothing will bring back her son.
However, Sarah is not alone in her angst over Desmond’s release, and a web of lies soon becomes untangled over the events which lead to Jack Connolly’s death.
Can Sarah find it in her heart to forgive Desmond?
A Sweet Smell of Strawberries takes in a beautiful Irish setting along the coastline of Donegal and The Wild Altlantic way. A story of love, heartache and retribution which makes you realise no one is perfect!
A recent review for the book
A great read which involves violence and betrayal. The author has done an awesome job in engaging the reader really well throughout the book, feels like you were right there in the moment! The characters were interesting and loved how it was based in Donegal, Ireland because I know someone who has family there too. Can’t wait to read more of this author!
Also by Mary Crowley