Title: The Yellow House
Author: Patricia Falvey
Pages: EBook 360
Summary: The Yellow House delves into the passion and politics of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 20th Century. Eileen O'Neill's family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past. Determined to reclaim her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins working at the local mill, saving her money and holding fast to her dream. As war is declared on a local and global scale, Eileen cannot separate the politics from the very personal impact the conflict has had on her own life. She is soon torn between two men, each drawing her to one extreme. One is a charismatic and passionate political activist determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, who appeals to her warrior's soul. The other is the wealthy and handsome black sheep of the pacifist family who owns the mill where she works, and whose persistent attention becomes impossible for her to ignore.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: From a historical fiction side, this was a fantastic book, from the characterization and development of those characters it was an average, but it did all come together nicely, and I found myself really enjoying the book.
I loved the historical fiction side of the book. The author wrote about the turmoil in Ireland extremely well. She managed to show the emotional and psychological effects of the war with ease, and wrote it in a way that I couldn't put the book down at times. I was fascinated about reading this aspect of the book, I just wish there was more focus on this and less on the romance and the characterization, which I found weren't as strong as the rest of the story.
Eileen was a good character, but I found her personality, thoughts and events around her to became a little redundant after a while. There were times I felt I was re-reading the same passage, or thought over and over again and it seemed she stood still as a character, instead of properly developing. She was suppose to be a strong-minded and stubborn character and that shows, but I still found that the way it was shown became to repetitive and I started to get annoyed with the character after awhile.
I enjoyed the ending, although it was predictable in some ways, I knew from the start how certain things would have ended, I still enjoyed it and it tied into the story well, it wasn't a forced ending by any stretch. I would have liked the ending more if it were more of a bittersweet ending, instead of a nearly picture perfect, but that's just me. There were also a few reveals near the end, that I didn't like at all, they were happy endings, but I thought they weren't very believable and felt the story would have been better without them.
Overall it was a very enjoyable read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was an excellent historical fiction novel, and the overall story was well done - well worth reading if you're interested in Irish fiction.
What to read next: The Soldier's Return - Alan Monaghan