I received this review copy from Canongate in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I also want to thank Canongate for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour for this book!

*Publication date: 30th January 2020*

The blurb from the back of the book:

Twenty years ago, Oona left the island of Inis for the very first time. A wind-blasted rock of fishing boats and turf fires, where girls stayed in their homes until they became mothers themselves, the island was a gift for some, a prison for others. Oona was barely more than a girl, but promised herself she would leave the tall tales behind and never return.

The Island Child tells two stories: of the girl who grew up watching births and betrayals, storms and secrets, and of the adult Oona, desperate to find a second chance, only to discover she can never completely escape. As the strands of Oona’s life come together, in blood and marriage and motherhood, she must accept the price we pay when we love what is never truly ours . . .


I really enjoyed this story. It was hard-hitting, and at times difficult to read because of the content, but I think it was a story that HAD to be read.

It is centred around Irish folklore, which in itself is interesting. The story follows Oona as a child and as an adult; two different points in time.

It is a lot about motherhood and what it was like to grow up on the island where the women stay home and the men go out fishing etc. We learn just how hard Oona had it growing up, and at times I really felt for her.

The writing style was different to my usual reads, but refreshing. I will look forward to more from this author.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️