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on January 26th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Poet and Amy's story...
Patrick Gallagher’s future was mapped out—and it didn’t include Amy Henderson or the IRA.
She was everything he’d never wanted. Too young. Too naïve.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t help but be fascinated by the girl who took refuge in his old bedroom, staying with his mum more often than not.
She looked like a Renaissance painting and argued like a solicitor. He couldn’t resist her, and before long, he didn’t even want to.
Instead, he loved her unreservedly… then he married her.
But he couldn’t have prepared for what happened after.
Actions, no matter how large or how small, have consequences—and when the IRA comes knocking, he’s sucked into a life that he’d never anticipated.
Choices were made.
Hearts were broken.
Trust was shattered.
Lives were lost.
Through it all, he loved her.
It was a love that spanned decades.
“Poets wrote sonnets about her type of beauty. The kind you couldn’t exactly pinpoint, but couldn’t seem to look away from.”
– Nicole Jacquelyn
Unlike the last three novels in The Aces series, this fourth and final novel is set in Ballyshannon, Ireland after Amy and her parents move their from America. It isn’t really clear why they have moved to Ireland in the story but it always wasn’t super important. After watching Sons of Anarchy four or five different times it was cool to get to see Jacquelyn’s take on the IRA and what was going on in Ireland through her characters.
In her final novel of the series Jacquelyn has chosen to focus on a character we have seen a little of throughout the last three novels: Poet. However, most of the novel is told in the POV of Amy, the love of his life. Amy and her family move to Ireland from America and readers quickly learn that her parents are horrible people; indulging in drugs and hiring prostitutes. After her first day of school Amy meets Peg, an elderly lady who invites her in to tea and talk. This starts a relationship that continues on throughout the novel and leads Amy to meet Patrick, her son. When Patrick finds out what scum her parents are he immediately takes action and chooses to protect her, and very quickly falls for her. Their life together is rocky and eventually leads to Amy separating from him. They continue to reconnect and have a falling out for years until the very end of the novel when they finally attempt to figure out how to make things work between them.
I love Amy. She is one of the strongest, most stubborn, independent women that Jacquelyn has written. Watching her character develop and grow in ways that her other previous characters hadn’t was a nice change. By the end of the novel I really felt like her character had grown more than any other in the novel.
In my opinion this storyline was the best by far. I was slightly disappointed that the motorcycle club didn’t come into the story until later but I liked getting to see what was going on in Ireland at the time and what Patrick was going through with his family and the IRA. This story took place from the time Amy was seventeen to the time she was forty; the longest storyline Jacqueline has written yet. Just like with the others, however, it didn’t drag on and was actually a great read. There was a lot throughout the novel that happened that I didn’t expect. I won’t spoil anything but there is definitely some heavy hitting stuff in this novel.
Deep down Patrick is a sweetheart. He has a problem figuring out which emotions to show and act on. Everything that happens in this novel messes with his head and he can’t figure out what is right and wrong anymore. He does the best he can but most of the time it isn’t enough. Amy is stubborn and can be hard to handle at times, but I really feel that she is the strongest female character Jacquelyn has written because of the things she’s gone through.
The ending ended up being a bit of a bombshell for the club and Amy and Patrick’s children but after the blow up that happens between them, they are able to talk and work things out. They’ve had a hard life but I think that they were always meant to find their way back to each other.