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Thomas the Rhymer

Book Review by

Brigid Gallagher

A mystical adventure that will appeal to all age groups


Jack Hughes witnesses the abduction of his brother Dan by the wicked fairy Sylvie. Nightmares and visions of a mysterious tramp take over his reality and he becomes torn about sharing the truth behind his brothers disappearance.

Catherine, Ken and Ken’s mystical mother Rosie become his confidantes and join Jack in searching for clues on breaking the wicked faeries hold over his brother.

The tramp’s true identity soon unfolds when the team offer him food and shelter; he is Thomas the Rhymer, Prince of Elphane, who speaks in rhyme: “Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish that man would GO AWAY!”

The author takes the reader on a series of adventures, travelling along ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.

We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?

I read this book slowly as there were so many mystical layers to Jack’s adventures.

This book is both clever and well written, and will appeal to both young and old.


My thanks to Brigid for this generous 5 Star Review.

I have to confess we are united by our mutual love of gardens, gardening and the stunning Irish scenery around where she lives… What can I say I’m at least a quarter Irish and will claim to be more if I can get away with it!

Check out her inspiring blog

Watching the Daisies

If you are curious about Thomas the Rhymer check out these posts: Featuring the magical artwork of Donata Zawadzka

The Old Woman and Dan

Happy Thoughts

Still a Nightmare


And read the first page here

Or explore  the story of Thomas the Rhymer

16 thoughts on “Thomas the Rhymer Review 2

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  2. Reply Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, MCC, SCAC Sep 19,2017 4:19 am

    What a great review, Brigid – and I must say I agree with you completely. I still need to noodle a bit to write my own review. I think “Just buy it and READ it already – it’s amazing!” pretty much sums it up for me, but the work deserves better at my hands.

    Congrats, Paul. Well deserved.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Reply Paul Sep 20,2017 12:52 am

      Thank you Madelyn. It is a wonderful review and I am so thrilled fellow writers like what I do. I think it is only other writers who understand all the teeth-pulling and heart ache involved in writing! That review of yours is a lovely headline. But you know, just knowing how much enjoyed it is reward enough for me. Love Paul x

  3. Reply D. Wallace Peach Sep 18,2017 2:27 am

    Wonderful review, Paul. The book sounds delightful!

  4. Reply sally cronin Sep 16,2017 7:33 pm

    Fantastic Paul and great job Brigid… xxx

  5. Reply Robbie Cheadle Sep 16,2017 4:23 pm

    Congratulations again, Paul, on this brilliant review.

  6. Reply Shehanne Moore Sep 16,2017 1:06 pm

    Congrats to you Paul. So well deserved xxxxxx

  7. Reply BRIGID GALLAGHER Sep 16,2017 8:44 am

    Bless you Paul. I really appreciate your kind comments. It is a pleasure to follow you and I wish you lots of blessings with your new books. ???

  8. Reply Norah Colvin Sep 16,2017 8:36 am

    What a fabulous review, Paul. You are well pleased. It sounds like a great story, very complex. I love the cover. It looks awesome!

    • Reply Paul Sep 16,2017 11:23 pm

      Norah, Thank you. I am so glad you like the cover. It was an image that came very early and stayed with me all through the writing. Px

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