Brothers by Kirk Weddell has all the seasoned quietude of a maritime adventure novel. Owen Kerrigan is a weather-worn and embittered lighthouse keeper. He is disillusioned by his past, owing to the estranged relationship he has with his brother, Patrick. He now lives a solitary existence on the coast of Clare Island, tending to the many laborious engagements of a lighthouse keeper and guarding an ancient secret... This short novel expertly develops its setting, in its depictions of the raw elements of a remote Irish coast and even in the humorous exploits of the two young brothers, Ryan and Derry. I loved the pacing in this novel and how quickly the plot progressed, as it doesn't solely rely on the merits of its maritime setting or on the charm of the quiet moments in Owen's life. Brothers is a quick read that I found engaging from the outset and largely enjoyable throughout.
Lois Cudjoe, A LoveReading Ambassador
Owen Kerrigan – the cantankerous lighthouse keeper of a remote Irish island has been estranged from his only brother Patrick for most of his adult life. His only solace has come from immersing himself in the legend of a long lost treasure belonging to the wreck of a Spanish Armada galleon that is rumoured to be hidden beneath his light.
But after tunnelling in vain for years, Owen is issued with a sudden eviction notice. In desperation, with only days left to find the gold, Owen begrudgingly asks his brother for help. Hoping it may help to rebuild their relationship after more than thirty years of silence, Patrick reluctantly agrees.
As they attempt to unearth the fortune, Owen becomes increasingly drawn to Ellen, an enchanting descendant of the Pirate Queen – Grace O’Malley, who ruled the island at the time of the Armada.
As Owen’s imminent eviction looms, they race to solve the riddles ingrained in the ancient folklore of the island and realise that Ellen may unwittingly hold a vital clue to finding the treasure. But the rift which kept the brothers apart for so long threatens to thwart both Patrick’s hopes of reconciliation and Owen’s dream of finding the fabled hoard.
Please note - the novel is US (English) spelling throughout.
|Publication date:||26th November 2019|
|Publisher:||Clink Street Publishing|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 28/10/2021
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I loved this book! Well written and a great story.
I loved this book! Brothers is a story of lost treasure from a Spanish Armada ship beneath a lighthouse, with the strained relationship of two brothers and a romance thrown into the melting pot. I enjoyed this book so much that I was unable to put the book down. I read the whole thing in one sitting. I think that Brothers is the perfect story to read on a cold wet day. Throughout, I enjoyed the intrigue and mystery and there are lots of fantasy aspects included too. Owen is the lightkeeper and is estranged from his brother Patrick. Alone in his lighthouse, Owen devotes his time to hunt for the lost treasure, but an eviction notice forces him to ask his brother for help. Will the brothers reconcile, and will the buried treasure be found? Brothers is well written and a great story!
Kirk Weddell is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker; Brothers is his debut novel and is based on his earlier Writers Store Grand Prize-winning screenplay. After graduating with a degree in neuroscience, Kirk moved into writing; his science fiction screenplay Alone was shortlisted for the prestigious Oscar Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2016 and is entering production next year, and his short film Dutch Bird won numerous awards at International Film Festivals.More About Kirk Weddell