‘Maeve Maloney is a force to be reckoned with. Despite nearing eighty, she keeps Sea View Lodge just as her parents did during Morecambe’s 1950s heyday. But now only her employees and regular guests recognise the tenderness and heartbreak hidden beneath her spikiness.
Until, that is, Vincent shows up. Vincent is the last person Maeve wants to see. He is the only man alive to have known her twin sister, Edie. The nightingale to Maeve’s crow, the dawn to Maeve’s dusk, Edie would have set her sights on the stage all things being equal. But, from birth, things never were.
If only Maeve could confront the secret past she shares with Vincent, she might finally see what it means to love and be loved a lesson that her exuberant yet inexplicable twin may have been trying to teach her all along.’
Thank you to Legend Press for giving me a copy of the book in return for my honest opinion.
Owl Song at Dawn is the type of book that, regardless of what anyone else says about it, you need to read it for yourself to capture the true essence of the story. Maeve has had a lot to contend with in her life. Not only has she been her own protector, she has had to be a protector for her twin sister Edie. Unfortunately, people were treated much differently in the 1950’s compared to now, and disabilities weren’t accepted by many; if any.
Despite Maeve’s persona coming across as very guarded, I could tell that she carried a lot of hurt and loss on her shoulders. The loss of part of herself, her twin Edie. Throughout the story, Maeve is faced with dilemmas and past memories. She has kept Sea View Lodge the same over the years, and it’s a safe haven for people with disabilities to feel accepted.
Edie is never far from Maeve’s mind because she talks to Edie via the story as though she is right next to her, continuously protecting her.
How can people judge others without knowing them? The true meaning of Owl Song at Dawn hit home to me in multiple ways. I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like to deal with such prejudice about something you cannot control. You want to fight for the one you love, but there is only so much you can do if things are understood in different ways. I could feel the emotion right from the beginning to the very end, the powerful and fierce message the book contains is quite overwhelming.
Owl Song at Dawn is very well written despite having quite a harrowing storyline, which in turn makes it quite a deep read which I found tough to read at certain points. Despite that, I enjoyed the portrayal of loss versus love and finding comfort with moving forward into the unknown. Very inspirational.