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Her life appears complete Val who admits that he’s no saint is dedicated good looking kind and a great lover Jackie sets her sights on the highly competitive 'most stylish lady' raceday prizes Meanwhile Geri is drif Fun and Informative readFrom the book Every time Jackie thought she understood racing there was to learn Every time I turned a page there was for me to learn horse terms and Irish ways of speaking I had to look some terms up and some I could figure out My daughter rode horses and would tell me all about her experiences This is my first horse book though It helped to be familiar with some of the ideas My actual middle name really is McClamroch so it is good for me to be able to understand Irish phrases I am not familiar with living in the USA Such funSilks I learned is what Jockey s wear My daughter had to tell me that before I read the book Sins is when harm comes to the beautiful horses which is prevented Although Jackie has an interesting time with her jockey boyfriend

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Silks and Sins

Ting towards her own relationship But when two spiteful stable girls tell Jackie that her jockey boyfriend has been sleeping with someone else she faces making a decision which might be the greatest mistake of her lif Two sisters who appear to be in their twenties Jackie and Geri O Keane inherit a family riding stable in Ireland when their father dies Geri just made redundant by layoffs and Jackie going through the motions in a less than promising job decide to take a chance and revitalize the stable into a vibrant and profitable enterprise This project leads each to meet an eligible young man The book focuses primarily on Jackie s relationship with Val a promising jockey As a romance the book follows a familiar trajectory Jackie and Val s developing intimacy founders on an emotional hurdle that the characters must overcome before no spoilers here surely reunitingThus two plot lines intertwine the romance and the women s efforts to showcase their business as a lively part of their community Val links the two by contributing to the stable s web site launch and by providing Jackie with the impetus to compete in well publicized best dressed competitions at a variety of race courses Jackie in turn becomes involved in the life of the racing yard for which Val serves as both principal jockey and lad or groom Silks and Sins is a gentle story populated by gentle sensible characters with whom I thoroughly enjoyed spending time Part of my enjoyment came from learning about the horse world in Ireland O Beara s matter of fact depiction of a young jockey s working life alongside her portrait of the day to day obstacles faced by young women in modern Ireland breathe life into the familiar romance framework She doesn t glamorize either racing or running a riding stable showing each as places where people work hard and struggle to keep up the discipline and integrity essential to success But I also enjoyed the realistic uietly engaging plot lines Geri s efforts to modernize the stable kept me thinking about what I d do with such a challenge Jackie and Val s inevitable crisis isn t melodramatic or contrived it presents them with a serious challenge that they must work to resolve Their reactions are natural and true to the characters There are not a lot of surprises but none are really needed I found myself uite caught up in these people s understated livesIn other words you probably won t stay up until four in the morning to finish this book and if you re not a romance fan I m not you may resist the predictability underlying but in this case not defining the main plot line But the compensating strengths of the story are such that I think many readers like me will look forward to re entering O Beara s world each dayMy only thought for O Beara the cover image doesn t do the book justice The two woman depicted look like ueen Elizabeth s aunts not at all like the stylish young entrepreneurs I took Jackie and Geri to be Of course I ve never been to the races in Ireland s the pity So I m open to correction by those in the know

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Geri and Jackie O’Keane inherit their father’s riding stables in Ireland and both business women set about modernising including a website When Jackie meets Valentine Murney a rising star in the flat racing world This book is about Irish horse racing and people who deal with other horse related establishmentsI must admit that I know very little about this topic but the main characters include two sisters who are trying to make a go of their deceased father s horse traininglessons farm pardon me if I have these terms all wrong their mother who decided to move to town a jockey who is interested in the younger sister and a man who is interested in the older sisterI read this book on my Kindle and I don t know whether the spacing between topics in chapters was the problem for me but a row of asterisks between them would have helped me know a shift in time or place was coming Without this kind of format I felt in several places that I must have skipped a page accidentally and had to go back and check that this was not the case This caused my reading experience to be somewhat disjointedI have just read this author s book MURDER AT IRISH MENSA and liked it very much so I was expecting to be engaged with this story than I was I liked it but I didn t love it If Irish horse racing and living in the Irish countryside and being involved with horses is of interest to potential readers I would encourage them to try SILKS AND SINS by Clare O Beara


9 thoughts on “Silks and Sins

  1. says:

    I'm not much of a romance reader but this was about horses in Ireland The romance wasn't overpowering nor distracting seemed natural enough I originally thought this was of a YA book but the situations are probably best suit

  2. says:

    This is a charming novel of two sisters and love I enjoyed the setting in horse country It was fast paced fun and delightful I felt as if I was right there riding on the horse dressing up for the judges and falling in love Great job M

  3. says:

    This book is about Irish horse racing and people who deal with other horse related establishmentsI must admit that I know very little about this topic but the main characters include two sisters who are trying to make a go of their de

  4. says:

    Fun and Informative readFrom the book“Every time Jackie thought she understood racing there was to learn”Eve

  5. says:

    I was thrilled with this story My choice was made on the grounds it is a modern Irish romance set deeply within the horse life that Ireland is so famous for If you are part of the great Irish dispora such as myself you might understa

  6. says:

    I love romance books and also used to do a lot of horse riding and so this book seemed to be the perfect choice for me I liked the characters particular Valentine with his confident nature perfect for the main ma

  7. says:

    Two sisters who appear to be in their twenties Jackie and Geri O'Keane inherit a family riding stable in Ireland when their father dies Geri just made redundant by layoffs and Jackie going through the motions in a less than promising job decide to take a chance and revitalize the stable into a vibrant and profitable enterprise This project leads each to meet an eligible young man The book focuses primarily on

  8. says:

    The book itself is surprisingly short and fairly easy to read although readers should keep it mind that it’s written in British English There are two adult daughters who are somewhat floundering about when their dad dies and leaves them the somewhat neglected horse stables They need to figure out how to make money while the stable

  9. says:

    This is a well written pleasant easy reading novel on the adult woman's theme looking for true love when hope is thin that ends well for two sisters who each finds her man Sex scenes were a little racy but no sins were committed Especially recommended for readers into horses riding stables and the racing world The storylin