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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

0 Book Review: President Fionn by Christine Mary Flemming

Title: President Fionn
Author: Christine Mary Flemming
Genre: Historical Fiction

Buy: Amazon

Book Summary:
‘See this fella? He was named after Fionn mac Cumhaill, king of the ancient Irish warriors! He’ll be the next President of America; indeed he will!’

A piece of historical fiction set in 1930’s Ireland, Fionn Connolly is an eight year old boy with the imagination to move mountains. He lives in the Liberties, in South West Dublin with his mother and his older sister, his father having absconded to America some time ago. Naming him after Fionn Mac Cumhaill hero of Irish legend, Fionn’s grandfather has big plans for him, hoping that he will have the courage to make the trip to America that he wishes he’d made himself. His Grandfather dreams of Fionn one day becoming President of the United States of America, which leads to the young boy gaining the nickname President Fionn. Fionn’s childhood innocence is shattered by a horrifyingly violent incident at school, which transforms not only the life of Fionn, but everyone around him, leaving them scattered in all directions.

Fionn returns to Dublin in 1963, a different man. Damaged from his childhood experience, he leads a solitary, ordered life, his only act of daring the purchase of a motorcycle. Bruised by his attempt to romance the enigmatic Teagan and held back by his shyness, Fionn is reluctant to begin a romance with the striking young, mother Bridget. His quiet world does not last, with the return of members of his family to Dublin and the hysteria surrounding the historical event of visit of President Kennedy in June of that year. Unable to cope with his family’s problems and how they look to him to solve them, Fionn takes off on his motorbike and embarks on a fantastical adventure around Ireland, as he follows President Kennedy on his tour of Ireland and this adventure of a lifetime changes his life forever.

About Author:
Christine Mary Flemming worked as a local journalist and has a degree in Art History and Philosophy, studying at Reading University. She has also undertaken Post-Graduate study in Philosophy of the Mind and Political Philosophy.

'The Lifewatcher' is her first book.

Christine lives in London and in her free time walks Bertie, her little dog, who is a big fan of the outdoors, reads, cooks, spends time with her family and visits museums, theatres and galleries and is a member of 'The Culture Seekers.' She is also a big movie fan.

Book Review:

This book is amazing. The main character is someone you get to know and feel for. The story line is about  a young Irish Boy named Fionn and the trails he goes through with his family. When Fionn returns to Ireland, so does the bad memories. in a way he is kind of starting his life over with the adventure and romance. Things pick up for him when President Kennedy comes to town. Fionn hops on his motorcycle and follows the President on his tour of the country. The story is well-written and developed creating a smooth read and a realistic story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good read.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Review By: Kechell Jackson | K is for Kechell 


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