The Cosy Cottage in Ireland (Romantic Escapes Book 8) by @JulieCaplin #Romance #Culinary @OneMoreChapter_ #NetGalley

517i2rWNDWSAuthor: Julie Caplin

Published: September 2021 by One More Chapter

Category: Romance, Culinary, Travel, Book Review

four-half-stars

Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heart warming romance…

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor.

Hannah Campbell was enjoying kicking back and relaxing in Dublin, away from her frenetic life as a lawyer in Manchester.  She still wasn’t quite sure what had prompted her to book a six week course at Killorgally Cookery School, apart from the fact she’s embarrassed about not being able to cook and being totally outshone by her sister in the kitchen. A bonus is that the cookery school isn’t far from where her best friends, Aidan and Sorcha, live. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series #1) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Drama #Romance

This week’s Throwback Thursday choice is the first of a trilogy that I loved reading. Set initially in England, the story moves to Ireland and the island of Innishmahon. The Hollow Heart was published in 2012.

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West Cork by Sam Bungey & Jennifer Forde ~ an #Audible Original #TrueCrime #Murder #Mystery

West Cork

Narrated by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde

Non Fiction, True Crime, Murder, Mystery, Audio Review

Released: February 2018

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.

West Cork is an Audible Original series of podcast episodes complied by investigative journalist Sam Bungey and his wife, TV researcher and producer Jennifer Forde. They spent three years working on the project which deals with the aftermath of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French TV producer. Sophie was murdered just before Christmas in 1996 and her brutally battered body was discovered close to her holiday cottage near the remote town of Schull in western Cork. The case remains unsolved which must be devastating for the victim’s family, who have never given up seeking justice.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Dancing To An Irish Reel by @cfullerton3 ~ #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

My Throwback Thursday choice this week was published in March 2015 and written by Claire Fullerton.

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The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by @DervlaMcTiernan #Audiobook ~ Debut Crime Fiction set in Ireland #Review @LittleBrownUK

Author: Dervla McTiernan

Performed by Aoife McMahon

Published: Little, Brown Book Group and released on Audible March 2018.

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Audiobook Review

February 1993 

On his first week on the job, Garda Cormac Reilly responds to a call at a decrepit country house to find two silent, neglected children waiting for him – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lies dead upstairs.

March 2013 

Twenty years later, Cormac has left his high-flying career as a detective in Dublin and returned to Galway. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him.

Twenty years earlier rookie Garda Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in a dilapidated old house. He was sent out on what he thought would be a minor domestic call.

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That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor ~ Contemporary #Fiction #RBRT #NetGalley #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Adrienne Vaughan

Published: January 2018 by The Paris Press

Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Book Review

Mia Flanagan has never been told who her father is and aged ten, stopped asking. 

Haunted by this, she remains a dutiful daughter who would never do anything to bring scandal or shame on her beautiful and famously single mother. 

So when Archie Fitzgerald, one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, decides to leave Mia his Irish estate, she asks herself – is he her father after all?

With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven. Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together. 

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Secrets of the Heart (Heartfelt Series #3) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #SundayBlogShare

  • Author: Adrienne Vaughan
  • Published: November 2014 by New Romantics Press
  • Category: Romance, Drama, Review

Finally free to be together on the remote Irish isle of Innishmahon, campaigning journalist Marianne Coltrane and her movie star partner, Ryan O’Gorman are looking forward to life away from the bright lights of Hollywood and the constant pursuit of the paparazzi.

Secrets of the Heart is the final instalment of the Heartfelt series. Marianne Coltrane’s birth parents, reunited after years apart, have finally tied the knot and she couldn’t be happier. The fabulously flamboyant Kathleen MacReady and Brian Maguire are in Dublin on honeymoon after a lovely wedding day. Continue reading

A Change of Heart (The Heartfelt Series #2) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Drama #Romance #BookReview

  • 16301209Author: Adrienne Vaughan
  • Published: November 2013 by New Romantics Press
  • Category: Contemporary, Drama, Romance
  • five-stars

Escaping to a remote Irish isle, journalist Marianne Coltrane had not bargained for a tumultuous affair with movie star Ryan O’Gorman.

When Ryan leaves to pursue his career, Marianne remains to care for those who need her most, but Ryan soon realises he cannot live without her and returns to woo her back.

Following on from events in The Hollow Heart, Ryan O’Gorman returns to the beautiful island of Innishmahon with his baby son, Joey, much to the shock and amazement of Marianne Coltrane. Their relationship hasn’t been without its ups and downs but Ryan is determined this time he’s back for good. Unfortunately it’s not so simple. Ryan’s movie contract is for three pictures, he’s only made one. He brings more turmoil in his wake in the form of his troubled and trouble making ex-wife, Angelique de Marcos. It seems the peaceful, settled life he and Marianne are looking forward to is not going to materialise any time soon.  Continue reading

Dancing To An Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton @cfullerton3 #TuesdayBookBlog Contemporary #Romance

  • DancingAuthor: Claire Fullerton
  • Published: March 2015 by Vinspire Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
  • four-half-stars

Twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland during her sabbatical from the Los Angeles record business. While on the trip, she is unexpectedly offered a job in the Irish music business that is too good to turn down, so she decides to stay.

The story revolves around Hailey, an American with celtic roots, and is told from her perspective. She came to Ireland on holiday and stayed on, working as part of a team of four, for the Galway Music Centre, looking for, and helping, aspiring musicians. Hailey has settled into the community and is getting used to the laid back approach, differences in lifestyle and the small town feel where everyone knows everyone else’s business. She’s made good friends, most notably Shannon who also works at the music centre, and Mick and Gabrielle, her neighbours who ‘lived deep in the bog’ behind her cottage.  Continue reading

Conor Kelly and the Four Treasures of Eirean (The Tir na Nog Trilogy #1)

  • ConnorKellyAuthor: Ali Isaac
  • Published: December 2012 by Walker – Isaac Publishing
  • Category: Young Adult, Fantasy
  • five-stars

Conor Kelly is not your average hero. Trapped inside a body he can’t control, Conor’s mind is as active and alert as that of any teenage boy. On the outside, however, he’s about as interactive as a lump of wood.
Then he meets Annalee. She claims to be a Sidhe Princess, some kind of fairy royalty, apparently. She offers to take him into the magical realm, where her people wield the power to help him. 
But is she just some child-snatching lunatic psychopath, or can she be trusted? On the other hand, what’s he got to lose?

Book One of the Tir na Nog Trilogy begins an epic fantasy adventure which takes us back in time to the shadowy past of Ireland’s long lost legend, where fairy kings and Gods walked amongst mortals, and where feats of magic, swordsmanship, and courage were customary.

Intriguingly, the story opens 4,000 years ago with a prologue introducing the Fir Bolg. The King has had a disturbing dream, a warning of impending disaster. And as his people are readying themselves for war, the Tuatha de Danann are landing on the shores of Connemara.  Continue reading