Rundpinne Review

2010 Book Tour & Review:

Corrigans' Pool by Dot Ryan
Title: Corrigans' Pool
Author: Dot Ryan


As I shed tears of joy, exasperation, grief, injustice, and faith while reading this magnificent novel, I kept thinking how Corrigans' Pool is an absolute must read novel. Until approached to host a tour for Corrigans' Pool, I had neither heard of the novel nor the author, which was my loss and I am ever so grateful I was introduced to this stunningly beautiful, historical novel which takes place in the Civil War era. Unlike some Civil War books, this novel focuses primarily on the lives of those who live at Greenpoole and the inhabitants of Moss Oak and the disparity between the two. Interspersed throughout the novel, the reader's attention is divided between Savannah, Georgia, Greenpoole and Moss Oak plantations in the countryside. In Corrigan's Pool, Ryan has the reader view the Civil War as the country prepares, enters, and ends the war, through the eyes and strength of mainly the women and their ever-faithful servants. There is so much I want to write about Ella and Honoria Corrigan, their husbands, the Matriarch Beatrice, Hannah, Baker Ben, Cricket as well as those who helped and those who betrayed them along they way. However, I shall refrain as I do not want to give too much of the story away.

The Corrigan's have lived at Greenpoole for generations, known for their kindness, compassion and kind treatment of the servants. Sadly, this was not the case of all plantations, especially Moss Oak and the tyrannical Victor Faircloth. Corrigans' Pool is about love, family, redemption, emancipation and the struggles faced before, during, and after the Civil War. The reader, upon reading the first page, will immediately be transported to 1860s Georgia through detailed and beautiful prose, dialogue, and history. Corrigan's Pool, Greenpoole's treasure, is a turning point in the novel and one of true beauty. Without hesitation I recommend Corrigans' Pool and believe it would be such a wonderful book for book groups to discuss, as Ryan has filled every page with poignant moments that linger with the reader. About the Author: Dot Ryan, born and raised in Bee County in South Texas, makes her home in "the sparkling city by the sea," Corpus Christi, Texas, with husband, Sam. Corrigans' Pool is Dot's first novel. She is busy writing her second and third works of fiction. To learn more, please visit herwebsite. to discover more about this great book and its talented author.

I received a copy of Corrigans' Pool by Dot Ryan from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel. Posted by Jennifer at 00:05 1 comments Labels: A Book review, Book Tour, Corrigans' Pool, Dot Ryan, iUniverse, Pump Up Your Book Promotions