'Blessed Are the Cheesemakers'
By: Sarah-Kate Lynch
(Hardcover / 256 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446531286 / $22.95)
Description: Joseph Corrigan and Joseph Feehan, better known as Corrie and Fee, make the finest cheese in the entire civilized world. But Corrie still pines forhis long-lost graddaughter, Abbey, whisked away from the family farm as a child by her gallivanting mother. As it happens, Abbey, now twenty-nine and trying to cook a chicken in a primitive hut on a remote South Seas island, is soon to leave her irrigation-obsessed husband after discovering that he has gone biblical with several of the natives.
Verdict:Perchance is this another in Fr. Andrew Greeley's Blackie Ryan mysteries series? No, but sure there are a lot of gentle Irish folk about. Is it a book about Bret Favre and his devoted Green Bay Packer fans in their funny wedge-shaped headgear? No. `Tis a charming tale of cheesemaking in County Cork. New Zealand (via the Irish Diaspora) new author Sarah-Kate Lynch has cured a fine tale of two modern lovelorn souls brought together out on the Coolarney Cheese and dairy farm of Joseph Corrigan and Joseph Feehan (Corrie and Fee to their friends and devoted customers.) Along the road to true romance, the reader learns a tad about the art of cheesemaking, too. Who knew that the resultant cheese tastes better if it is milked from contented cows by vegetarian dairymaids singing showtunes from 'The Sound of Music?' Romance novels are not my cup of milk, but this one has wit and a quaint cheesey charm for even the non-habitue. `Tis a fine cheese - like the star of the Coolarney line - Princess Grace (the Cheese named after the late actress/Monaco Monarch) herself.
Reviewed by KK Barrett