Review 1502: Wild Decembers

Although the Bugler and Brennan families have been feuding for generations, when Mick Bugler inherits land in the mountains of Western Ireland near the Brennans, he and Joseph Brennan are disposed to be friends. They are, that is, until Bugler goes behind Joseph’s back to lease the field Joseph has leased for the past 15 years. Joseph must take a huge loss on dairy cows that he can’t feed, but that doesn’t seem to faze the wealthy Bugler.

As the situation deteriorates, Bugler keeps getting the best of Joseph, however inadvertently. Joseph’s attitude is egged on by the villagers, who don’t like Bugler. It doesn’t help that Joseph’s sister, Breege, has fallen in love with Bugler, unaware that he’s engaged to a woman back in Australia.

This beautiful, moody novel winds its way to an inevitable sad end. O’Brien’s writing is gorgeous and evocative. This is quite a book.

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2 thoughts on “Review 1502: Wild Decembers

  1. Cynthia May 25, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    I read Girls in Their Married Bliss several years ago and loved her writing. Might have to try this one next.

    • whatmeread May 25, 2020 / 12:28 pm

      I haven’t read that one. The only other book I’ve read by her is The Country Girls Trilogy, and that was so long ago, I didn’t remember it.

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