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Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

After a terrible loss Sarah needs a fresh start. Her marriage is over and she's on her way to stay with family, but at the airport she finds a newspaper article that piques her interest. She impulsively changes her plans and ends up in Ireland instead of Boston. Here she can be by herself and grieve in peace most of the time. There are a few friendly faces too to cheer her up every now and then. Sarah's interested in the local folklore and when she finds the diary of a young girl she's immediately intrigued. Will the distraction of kind neighbors and reading about someone else's life in combination with folk tales and superstitions help her heal and take a step towards living again?

It's 1910 and Anna's life is becoming much more exciting when a stranger calls for help at the family farm. Harold is researching fairy stories and needs a guide and translator to help him with the locals. Anna immediately offers and together they collect the stories of many different people. Anna has her own story to tell, but does she dare to share it with Harold? Can she trust him with her beliefs and what will he do when he finds out Anna's deepest secrets?

The Story Collector is a beautiful emotional book. I was immediately intrigued by Harold's profession. I love tales about fairies and couldn't wait to discover what people would tell him. I really liked how Evie Gaughan approaches the subject, it's inspirational, fascinating and fun. Anna and Harold spend quite a bit of time together, doing research and I enjoyed every single one of their adventures. I loved to read Anna's diary together with Sarah. Sarah is a bit of a wreck. She's lost and sad, but fate sent her to Ireland and that's exactly where she needs to be. Reading about the local legends has a positive impact on her and I was curious to find out how long she'd stay and if she'd manage get back on her feet. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover more about both Sarah and Anna's futures, they're fabulous main characters.

Evie Gaughan's writing has a wonderful flow that makes it easy to be enchanted by her stories. The Story Collector is a mix of the past and the present and I was equally interested in both parts of the story. It's a combination that works very well. I liked reading more about the local history and enjoyed each surprising twist and turn Evie Gaughan presents. The Story Collector is an amazing mesmerizing book filled with fantastic history, gorgeous scenery, mysterious secrets and sightings and riveting scenes. I highly recommend this captivating story.


If you love stories set in the past and the present with fascinating main characters and a lovely healthy dose of folklore you don't want to miss The Story Collector.

About Evie Gaughan

Evie Gaughan is the author of The Story Collector, an enchanting novel steeped in folklore and superstition, which will be published on 14th June 2018 by Urbane Publications . Her debut novel, The Heirloom, is a fusion of historical and contemporary fiction set in Ireland and The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris, is a magical story about a French boulangerie.

Living on the West Coast of Ireland, which is not renowned for its sunny climate, Evie escapes from the inclement weather into a converted attic, to write stories and dream about underfloor heating. Growing up in a walled medieval city, Evie developed a love of storytelling and all things historical. With a taste for the magical in everyday life, her stories are full of ordinary characters with extraordinary tales to tell.

Evie is also an artist and has been known to hold the odd exhibit of her works in her native Galway.


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of The Story Collector & a crotchet bookmark by Evie Gaughan.

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  1. The Story Collector sounds like a wonderful, magical tale that is captivating, intriguing and romantic.

  2. Sounds like a wonderfully enchanting story! Also, I find the cover design so beautiful!

  3. What a wonderful story - would love to lose myself in this!!

  4. Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

  5. I’ve enjoyed this authors work before, love the sound of this and the cover!!

  6. A lovely cover & I like the folklore element.

  7. It sounds very emotional and a lovely read.

  8. I really like the chosen cover

  9. Sounds good, many thanks for the review!

  10. I love books which switch between time periods, this sounds great.

  11. This sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for the chance.

  12. Sounds absolutely amazing! I love fantasy books and I'm really excited to read it.

  13. sounds like a great read - thanks for the chance to win

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

  15. Sounds a lovely read. To my shame I don't read enough novels set in Ireland.

  16. I can't wait to read this. As a matter of fact, all of her books look like good reads.

  17. A great review, I was hooked by "fantastic history, gorgeous scenery, mysterious secrets and sightings and riveting scenes" sounds like a book I'd be thrilled to read.

  18. The West of Ireland just lends itself to folklore & mythical tales. There are whispers of the past around every corner.