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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
In Donegal, 1983, Una discovered she was pregnant. She confided in her Mam, but it went south when Una was told that she’d have to give up the baby. The family had such huge dreams, and her mother wouldn’t accept anyone shaming the Gallagher name in front of the world. Una disappeared without a trace for some years, going through hell and high water to stay alive for herself and the baby. Unfortunately, cruel fate had it in for the Gallagher girls. Una and her sister, Ellie, met again in unfortunate circumstances. However, she held a secret that could break or make her family if revealed. Will she spill? Is there a place for forgiveness among the lot? Read My Heart Went Walking by Sally Hanan to find out all the details.
My Heart Went Walking by Sally Hanan was a moving and emotional novel. The plot was refreshing, and the storyline had depth. I felt the fierce passion associated with the Irish in the dialogues and narratives. The characters were well developed and relatable, which made the story both realistic and emotionally charged. I laughed a great deal, too. Una was a resilient woman, one who would give her life for those she loved, and I loved her for that. But Ellie and Catherine made it to the top of my favorites list. They were so selfless and shone their light on others. I had nominated Ellie for sainthood a few times before the story ended. Sally Hanan told this story so well, and I enjoyed her using slang (eejit, git, wain, etc.). The end was satisfying, and I’d love to read more from this skilled author in the future.