Review of Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton


On sabbatical from her job in the LA record business, twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland for the vacation of a lifetime. What she finds is a job offer too good to turn down.

But her new life in Ireland comes with one major complication—Liam Hennessey. He’s a famous Irish musician whose entire live has revolved around performing. And Hailey falls in love with him. Because Liam’s not so sure love can fit into his life, he’s afraid to come closer, but neither can he bring himself to go away.

And so begins Hailey’s journey to a colorful land that changes her life, unites her with friends more colorful than the Irish landscape, and teaches her more about love than she’s ever known before.

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About the Author:

Claire Fullerton is the author of Paranormal Mystery, “A Portal in Time,” set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (Vinspire Publishing) Claireand “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” Fiction, set in Connemara, Ireland, (Vinspire Publishing.) She is a three time award winning essayist, a former newspaper columnist, a contributor to magazines, and a four time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Claire hails from Memphis,TN and now lives in Malibu, CA. Currently, Claire is writing her third novel, which is based on her award winning essay in the 2013 San Francisco Writer’s Conference.

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My Review: Three Heart Rating


When I first cracked open this book, I was instantly hit with the remarkable beauty of Claire’s writing. She is capable of recreating the stunning world of Ireland, whether it is the people that reside there or the land itself. Her words are almost poetry; an ode to the world of Ireland.

Hailey is a woman who instantly falls in love with the lifestyle in Ireland, and abandons her successful career in LA. She immerses herself into the musical scene, giving hope to the unknown artists who just want to make a name for themselves.

Liam is a very charming musician in a family band. They are really popular to the pub scene, doing shows all over and content with their small lifestyle. And he turns out to be more than Hailey bargained for.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away, because I feel that this is a story that needs to be experienced by the reader. It’s magical.

So why the three stars, you may be asking. I had a very difficult time connecting with Liam and Hailey. Where the story is extremely descriptive and overwhelming with a sense of adventure, I felt that the romance between Liam and Hailey was a bit…dialed down. For a novel that contains such beauty, I imagined their connection to be a bit more relatable. It could just have been me, but their chemistry definitely could have been much more.

This is a book that makes you want to get up out of your computer chair, or couch, or wherever your ‘reading spot’ is, and find that adventure of your lifetime. To experience a world beyond your understanding, and people watch the citizens residing there.Signature





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4 thoughts on “Review of Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton

  1. Giselle says:

    Great review, Heather! This sounds like a very well written book I love it when you’re really transported into its setting. Thanks for being on the tour, today! 🙂


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