Carrier Of The Mark by Leigh Fallon
352 pages, published by HarperTeen
Buy The Book: Amazon
Their love was meant to be.
When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.
But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction. (Summary provided by HarperTeen.)
I am thrilled to welcome Leigh Fallon, author of the new YA novel Carrier Of The Mark, to The Well-Read Wife today. Leigh’s post is a part of her blog tour for Carrier Of The Mark. Each stop of the tour is about an important location in the book. Today, Leigh is writing about her hometown of Dublin, Ireland. I have always wanted to visit Dublin and can’t wait to hear what Leigh has to say!
Also, be sure and stop by There’s A Book on Wednesday, Oct. 12th for the next stop on the tour!
Take it away Leigh!
Ah Dublin…my home town. This is where I grew up.
Dublin is the biggest city in Ireland with a population of over 1.8 million. It was originally a Viking settlement in the 9th century and has grown from there. Much like Cork, it rains a lot here too, though it tends to get much colder in winter. Because of Irelands position in the Northern Hemisphere, we get really long days in summer, it could be daylight bright at 10pm. But on the flipside, in the winter the days are very short.
Its architecture is mainly Georgian, having being occupied by the British for much of its history. So the vast streets are lined with the most amazing buildings. There is street after street of gorgeous facades, statues, and pretty city parks. There is a walled park on the north side of the city that is 707 hectares in size, making it one of the largest walled parks in Europe. It is also home to Áras an Uachtaráin (pronounced aras-awn-ewk-ta-rawn), the president’s house, a zoo, and a huge herd of fallow deer, all slap bang in the middle of the city.
I used to spend my Saturdays wandering around Dublin. It’s a gorgeous city and spread out on either side of the River Liffey. It’s home to far too many architectural wonders to list, but includes Dublin Castle and the Oireachtas (pronounced Er-ock-tus) where the Taoiseach (the Irish prime minister (pronounced Thee-shock) hangs out. You can walk across the iconic ha’penny bridge to the North side of the city to mooch around O’Connell Street and take in the GPO complete with bullet holes left from the Easter Rising.
In Carrier of the Mark, Megan and the DeRises go to visit the Order in Trinity, this is on the South side of the city. Grafton Street is the main shopping street on the south side and leads from the stunning Trinity College up to St Stephens Green, another beautiful city park. It’s very pretty and has gorgeous shops, and winding alleys off it. There are buskers and flower sellers dotted along the pedestrianized road giving a wonderful atmosphere to the place. It doesn’t matter what street you go down, each one is a treasure trove of history, architecture, and atmosphere. In Carrier of the Mark, Adam and Megan wander these streets after they leave Trinity after hearing some rather unsavory news.
Thank you so much for stopping by today Leigh!
About The Author
Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Cork in her twenties. While living in beautiful Kinsale, her novel, Carrier of the Mark, was conceived. She promptly abandoned her “riveting” career in corporate treasury and discovered Inkpop, a website for budding writers of teen fiction. Within weeks, her manuscript hit the coveted top-five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the United States.
Many thanks to Big Honcho Media and Leigh Fallon for including The Well-Read Wife on the Carrier Of The Mark Tour!
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