When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death Ruby - thirty-three, plump but comely - has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her prettier younger sisters, May and June.
But everything changes when Ruby finds her late grandmother's old case in the attic. Among its strange contents: a curious, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
As Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, she's enticed into a most beguiling world whose allure and magnetic power she finds irresistible.
Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter is going crazy, enlists the help of the kindly parish priest and then psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry appears imperturbable yet is inwardly reeling from his wife's unexplained disappearance the previous year.
As Ruby undergoes therapy, she meets local bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone. Through their shared loneliness and isolation the two find the courage to connect. But will Ruby's mother allow her daughter the happiness she so richly deserves?
The Godforsaken Daughter is an unforgettable peek into small-town life in Ireland's recent past. It's a glorious successor to McKenna's first two Tailorstown novels, The Misremembered Man and The Disenchanted Widow.
©2015 Christina McKenna (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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1 out of 5 stars
By Kara on 24-11-17

Dreadful narration,

Terrible choice of narrator. Gave up on audible and read the story instead. This is an easy read, gentle distraction, but the narrator was totally unable to relate, terrible false accent slipped all over the place and didn't seem to understand the dialect.
Wish I could return the purchase.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Edeline Toth on 03-09-16

Terrible performance

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe... a nine year old interested in spies and witches

Would you recommend The Godforsaken Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

No - terrible performance, mediocre story of spies and wicca

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sue Pitkin should just read the book not try to "perform" it. Her accents are appalling. She doesn't even maintain the same "voice" for a character and apparently forgets whether a given character is Irish, English or Scottish. It sounds like the kind of "performance" a school teacher might do when reading Roald Dahl to four year olds.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 21-04-17

Lilting Irish

To rate this first as an audio book, I have to say the lilting cadence of the Irish speakers that Sue Pitkin gave was wonderful to hear. It's something that, as an American, would have been lost to me had I simply read the book.

The book itself was altogether different than I expected. Even after the first eight or nine chapters, I thought this was going to be the story of a woman, Ruth, who gained self-confidence through identifying with the occult and the goddess Dana. I could not have been more wrong. Ruth did gain self-confidence, and she also gained two of the three wishes she made of the goddess, but in the most natural way. The ending was entirely satisfying, both for Ruth and for her doctor, who was having problems of his own.

For those to whom it matters, this is a clean read. Nothing worse than an occasional "bitch" is used that I can recall in the "swearing" category, and no sex or salacious language is used, though an adulterous affair is implied and a woman confesses to having been raped years before.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Connie Marie on 12-12-17

Great story and touchable characters

I loved this story of loss and love, and finding strength with the help of friends. change can be good.

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