With a story full of gypsies, ghosts, mental health issues, love, death, outcast animals, and family issues; how could you go wrong? You can’t. Not in my opinion anyway. I loved every page of this book.
In this fictional tale, Valentina “Cabbage” Moone has written her autobiography which may or may not be used in an educational syllabus with select edits. No worries, Cabbage lets you know what areas should be omitted for educational use. She tells her life story from conception to how she came to fall for her dead lover. Literally and metaphorically.
With a helplessly romantic father and feisty gypsy of a mother, Cabbage has her hands full. But the living aren’t the only ones she has to deal with. She also has a gift passed down from her gypsy white-witch grandmother; she can communicate with the dead. In the first days of her life she meets her guardian angel and that is only the beginning of what is to come.
This tragicomedy novel will have you laughing and cringing at the same time as you follow Cabbage on her adventure through life, as short lived as it may be. With the setting in the European countries of Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain; this book had me reminiscing of my time spent in Europe and longing to visit again.
I found it especially unique that Cabbage speaks directly to the Reader. Yes, you, the actual reader of the book. This offbeat, fresh, funny, and lively (or not so lively in some cases, he-he) book will appeal to a wide variety of readers. It is part coming-of-age tale, part paranormal mystery, and part tragicomedy that had me reading late into the night.
U.S. readers need to put Irish author Jonathan Dunne on their radar. You will not be disappointed. I gave it a ‘5 star’ rating and would highly recommend to all readers, especially ones that enjoy zany characters and a wild ride.
Find all of Jonathan Dunne’s work here (Kindle versions on sale for $0.99 each! As of the date of this post only, no guarantees):