Owl Song at Dawn – Emma Claire Sweeney

Maeve Maloney is a force to be reckoned with. Despite nearing eighty, she keeps Sea View Lodge just as her parents did during Morecambe’s 1950s heyday.

Now only her employees and regular guests recognise the tenderness and heartbreak hidden beneath her spikiness. Until, that is, Vincent shows up.

Vincent is the last person Maeve wants to see. He is the only man alive to have known her twin sister, Edie. The nightingale to Maeve’s crow, the dawn to Maeve’s dusk, Edie would have set her sights on the stage all things being equal. But, from birth, things never were.

If only Maeve could confront the secret past she shares with Vincent, she might finally see what it means to love and be loved a lesson that her exuberant yet inexplicable twin may have been trying to teach her all along.

This is a book that warmed my heart, a story of life, love and loss. A tale told of sacrificing everything and living your life the best you can when things are never as they should have been. A novel of reflection and warmth and pride.

The writing around expressing the relationship between the whole family is strong, secure and most of all loving

With such a beautiful cover how could you resist this read. The writing has such depth and speaks volumes of Maeve’s past and present as she shares of how her life might have been. We feel her fierce love for her twin sister who we only view through the eyes of Maeve’s memories but what a beautiful woman she is, the love and admiration she has for her mother and the passionate love she has for Frank. The writing around expressing the relationship between the whole family is strong, secure and most of all loving. Against all the odds they stood firm against the authorities and continued to love and care for Edie regardless of all the difficulties and set backs.

It is a novel that is different, one I suggest you read with well developed characters, a strong plot line and a tale that leaves you feeling warm from the inside out.

Maeve is nearing 80, it is a refreshing change to read something about an older character, her second chance of living her life, a chance that comes along when she least expects it too and turns her days upside down. Sweeney writes of loss, pain, illness, strength, relationships and love, we experience within Owl Song at Dawn various types of love in all its forms witnessing all its strengths, written beautifully to capture every word unspoken between the characters.

Congratulations on a spectacular novel Emma.


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