A beautiful book of fairies: The Story Collector

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4 stars

Hello bookish friends! I hope you’re all well. Today, I’m here with another book review. It was one of the last books I read last year, and really enjoyed my time. It’s a relatively short book and I read it in one sitting being mesmerised with the fairy superstitions of the Irish community. I love it when a book subtly teaches you something new and intersting embedded in a story. And that’s what this book exactly does.

It’s a historical fiction novel mainly about Irish beliefs of fairies, and superstitions. In the description it says it’s a historical romance. And there’s romance in it, but it’s not the focus of the book. It would be undermining all the other elements in it.
The book is written in a way that it’s alternating between past and present, which is a style I love. It takes place in Thornwood Village, Ireland. We alternate between today and 1910. Anna, is one of our narrators, is a young farm girl in 1910. She volunteers to help an American guy to translate the fairy stories from Irish to English. So, we go through their adventures in this part of the book. In the present day, we follow Sarah, who ended up in a little cottage in remote Ireland and finds Anna’s diary. At the same time, we follow her story and challenges, too.

This book is mysterious, very atmospheric & would go very well with cold winter days. It’s full of other mythical stories of fairies and folk, which I absolutely loved to read about. They were very well integrated into the main plot. That’s why I said it would be undermining everything else, if we call it a historical romance. It’s very beautifully and skilfully written in my opinion. I loved the main characters Anna & Sarah.
I didn’t know about Irish beliefs of supernatural events happening that are related to people who died. The book made me curious and now I definitely want to read more about this subject.
This book also has a very magical vibe that’s close to the movie “The Holiday”. That’s why I couldn’t put it down, it just warmed my heart.
I would definitely recommend this book to people who love to travel through time, or to different places and learn about different customs happening somewhere else.
I will pick up other books from this author. It’s a gem. Thanks so much to Evie Gaughan for sending me her book for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

And thanks to you so much for stopping by and reading this post 🙂 If you know similar books, please do share, I’d love to get recommendations.

Happy reading!

Umut

 

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