I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan. I received a free advanced copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Graydon House and Damhnait Monaghan for letting me be a part of this fun tour!
Author: Damhnait Monaghan
Published by: Graydon House
Released: May 11, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: After the local French teacher scandalizes the fishing village of Little Cove, Newfoundland, by running off with a priest, the school looks to the mainland to fill the job quickly. They want someone who can uphold their Catholic values and keep a motley group of largely unwilling students in line.
The position is filled by mainlander Rachel O’Brien—technically a Catholic (baptized!), technically a teacher (honors degree!)—who’s desperate to leave her current mess of a life behind. She isn’t surprised that her students don’t see the value of learning French. But she is surprised that she can barely understand their English… Is it a compliment or insult to be called a sleeveen? (Insult.) And the anonymous notes left on her car, telling her to go home, certainly don’t help to make her feel welcome.
Still, she is quickly drawn into the island’s traditional music and culture, and into the personal lives of her crusty but softhearted landlady, Lucille, her reluctant students and her fellow teacher Doug Bishop. But when her beliefs clash with church and community, she makes a decision that throws her career into jeopardy. In trying to help a student, has she gone too far? (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this one a lot. It's full of memorable characters and Rachel O'Brien who has to figure out her place in this new town she has come to reside in. Rachel definitely has some challenges with the townspeople and the new students that she is teaching. It's a story that's a lot of fun to read.
I really liked being able to experience a small fishing village in Newfoundland. It's a place I've never been before, and I don't think I've ever read about it either. I also love that it is a story of a small town. Small towns are always filled with quirky characters and it definitely was a journey for Rachel as she is trying to exist with them all.
Rachel learns a lot by moving to this town. I really liked following her story. This one was a good read.
Damhnait (pronounced Downith) Monaghan grew up in Ontario and Newfoundland. A former teacher and lawyer, Damhnait is an award-winning flash fiction writer with numerous publication credits. She lives in the south of England with her husband, two children and the family dog. New Girl in Little Cove is her debut novel, inspired by the years she spent teaching in outport Newfoundland.
Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan. Thanks so much to Graydon House and Damhnait Monaghan for letting me be a part of the tour. Definitely have this book on your radar. It's out today!