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Review: The Dublin Destiny

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Review: The Dublin Destiny

The Dublin Destiny by Jill Twiggthedublindestiny
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
Publication Date: January 10, 2012

Rylee Shannon flees Dublin, Ireland (and the demons pursuing her) and heads for Dublin, Georgia on the strength of a youthful penpal friendship of her mother’s. When she arrives, Patrick McLellan and his mother, Lucy, wonder what they have gotten themselves into. Rylee fits the “Ugly Duckling” stereotype:  at least 100 pounds overweight, crooked- and snaggle-toothed, with wild, frizzy hair. She has such low self-esteem that she cannot look anyone in the eye, and talking to them is beyond her capabilities.

Patrick is a doctor preparing for a 7-month sabbatical from his job. He plans to spend that sabbatical in Guatemala doing medical mission work. Since he knows he’ll be away from her, he offers to marry Rylee—in name only, of course, to give her the protection of his name and his home. All he and his mother know about Rylee is that she is in need of protection. They have no idea why, and her trust issues make it impossible for her to share with them. Patrick’s plan is to go on his mission trip and annul the marriage when he returns, because surely Rylee’s problems will have blown over by then.

Rylee spends his sabbatical working on her outward appearance. Even though that changes dramatically, though, inside she’s still very insecure. She gradually begins to make friends and finds a job in her field, but resists any effort to find out why she ran from Ireland.

When Patrick returns he is stunned by the physical transformation in his “wife” and sets about to transform her heart as well. While Rylee already has fallen in love with Patrick, she does not believe that the Lord could possibly love her, so she doesn’t want to have anything to do with Him either.

Just when you think Rylee and Patrick have a chance to be together, her past comes calling. Can she keep running long enough to stay safe?

I liked the premise of this book a great deal:  the marriage of convenience between a very unattractive woman and a heartthrob handsome man. I also liked the fact that, as Rylee’s outward appearance changed, so did her confidence. As shy as she was, some of her actions in the story seemed out of character—playing in the pub band, for one. It was kind of a slow starter, but once it got rolling I was invested in Rylee and really wanted to know why she was the way she was.

I think this book would benefit from some stiffer editing, though. There were far too many misspelled words and there were a lot of spots where action was repeated. For example, I thought something had occurred already when the same thing happened one or two paragraphs later. I think the writing could be “tightened up” a great deal with the help of a good editor.

Rated PG-13: While the language never strays from the G rating, some of the book’s themes are definitely for teens and older.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank You!


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