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Sunday, February 25, 2018

The American Girl by Rachael English - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

It's 1968 and Rose is in love. She's seventeen years old and has the feeling Joe is the love of her life. Rose's vibrant nature and her love for life perfectly suit him and they are happy together. When Rose falls pregnant Joe wants to marry her, but Rose's parents have other ideas. They send their daughter to Ireland, where they are originally from, to have the baby in a convent. Afterwards the child will be taken from Rose. Rose is being forced to give up the little girl she loves so much.

Martha has a loving family, so she never felt the need to look for the parents who gave her up for adoption. She was always discouraged to do so and she agreed. Now that she's single again after being married to a charismatic man, who found love with someone else Martha doesn't feel complete. Her daughter Evanne encourages Martha to look for her birth mother. Martha starts a search that will uncover many family secrets and shocking truths, will she be ready for everything that is about to come her way?

The American Girl is a beautiful impressive story. Rose has to give up her baby while she doesn't want to, which is heartbreaking. Her parents send her to Ireland where she's being treated cruelly and she's being forced to give up her child. Reading about this brought tears to my eyes, especially because this has been the sad and harsh reality for so many women. I love that Rachael English has written a story about this painful subject in such a stunning emphatic way.

Martha is an intelligent woman. She's in her forties and needs to start over. Fortunately she has her daughter Evanne, a wise girl who knows what she wants. They have a strong connection and Evanne encourages her mother to find out more about the woman who gave birth to her. I love how she helps Martha through this difficult process and found this amazing mother-daughter bond one of the best parts of The American Girl. It warmed my heart to read about their love for one another. They don't always agree, exactly the way it should be, but they are there for each other when it counts. Rachael English makes their story come to life in an incredible way.

The American Girl is captivating and gorgeously written. It's a story about missed opportunities, second chances, secrets and family connections. I loved the way Rachael English describes her main characters, settings and emotions. Everything is thoroughly researched and I could feel so many different emotions behind her words. The American Girl is a fantastic book filled with surprising moments, fascinating cover-ups and terrific deep connections. I highly recommend this mesmerizing book.


If you love stories about complex family connections you should definitely read The American Girl.

About Rachael English

Rachael English is a presenter on Ireland's most popular radio programme, Morning Ireland.
She lives in Dublin, but was born in England and grew up in County Clare.

Her first novel, GOING BACK, was shortlisted for the most-promising newcomer award at the 2013 Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards.

Her second book, EACH AND EVERY ONE, was published in September 2014 and her third novel, THE AMERICAN GIRL, was published in April 2017.

Like GOING BACK, both were top five bestsellers in Ireland.


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  1. The American Girl sounds like an enchanting, emotional, heart-breaking, all-consuming, but ultimately uplifting story, that holds you in its thrall from first page to last.

  2. Sounds like an engagingly written story!

  3. This sounds like a story I could get my teeth into!

  4. I love the sound of this story, so heartbreaking but uplifting too.

  5. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance x

  6. Many thanks for the review and giveaway!

  7. It sounds so very sad, but a great read.

  8. Looks like a really entertaining and a well written novel.

  9. The idea of giving up my kids is so unthinkable, I'm sure I'll be blubbing reading this!

  10. I really love this folkart cover

  11. I'd like to know more about those family connections.

  12. I love how authentic books like this are.

  13. I look forward to reading this, although I will need the tissues for this one!

  14. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  15. This is a story I will definitely enjoy.

  16. This looks a thoroughly enjoyable book

  17. Thanks for this giveaway. Wishing Racheal all the best! Lubka