I was delighted to have the opportunity to join the blogtour for Carmel Harrington’s latest novel, The Moon Over Kilmore Quay. I have enjoyed every one of her books to date and this one was as lovely and emotional as her previous novels.
From the back of the book
When your heart belongs in two places, can you ever truly find home?
Brooklyn, New York,
Bea has grown up in the heart of the Irish community, always hearing stories of home. When she discovers a letter from her younger self, written years before, it sends her deep into her own family history.
Kilmore Quay, Ireland.
Years earlier, Lucy Mernagh leaves her much-loved home and family in search of the New York dream. The Big Apple is a world away from the quiet village she grew up in, and the longing for home aches within her.
When Bea uncovers a shocking secret, it takes her back across the water to Kilmore Quay, where – finally – long-buried truths will come to light. But fate has one last twist in store…
The Moon Over Kilmore Quay is the story of two women looking to find where they belong and takes place in the early 90s and more or less contemporary times. In the 1990s, Lucy, along with her sister Maeve emigrates to New York from Wexford, Ireland. In the present day, Bea is looking to find out more about her Irish roots. So it’s a dual time line story, although with Bea we also find out quite a bit about her younger years. I always enjoy dual time line stories as I try to work out just how they will connect. The author had written this in a very clever way though making me believe one thing when in fact, I was being carefully misled. Very mysterious I know but you need to find out for yourself!
Most of the author’s books take place in Ireland but the setting for most of this book is Brooklyn, New York. In the Irish American community we are introduced to there, connections to home are still strong and they are proud of their Irish heritage. Although my own family is pretty much Scottish through and through, one set of my great great grandparents emigrated from Drumshanbo in County Leitrum to Liverpool in the 1860s, then my great grandad ended up in Edinburgh. My mum said she had always thought he was Irish as he spoke with an Irish accent, despite being born in Liverpool. I am proud of my own tenuous links to Ireland and am sure that’s why I enjoy Irish fiction so much. That sense of identity and need to find a place to belong was so strong in both Bea and Lucy.
There is a touch of the unexplained, something a little magical which adds intrigue to the story and sends Bea on a bit of a mission to make up for some mistakes in her past. A letter she wrote when she was younger made her ask herself some questions about her life now. This was quite an emotional part of the book as she tried to make up for past wrongs as well as connect to her mother’s family. Bea soon discovers that there were plenty secrets in her family and Carmel Harrington had plenty of surprises into her story. One or two literally took me aback and at least one brought a tear to my eye.
Carmel Harrington certainly knows how to write warm-hearted stories that pack a real emotional punch. There is so much love poured into this story whether it’s for family or friends, romantic love or even love of a country. The Moon Over Kilmore Quay is most definitely a book to curl up with as you follow Lucy and Bea on their emotional journeys.
Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the invitation to take part in the tour and arranging a review copy of the book. The Moon Over Kilmore Quay is published by Harper Collins and available now. You should be able to buy it from your usual book retailer or you will find buying options on the Harper Collins website here: The Moon Over Kilmore Quay
About the Author
USA Today and Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington lives in Wexford with her family & rescue dog. Her ninth novel, The Moon Over Kilmore Quay is on sale now. Other bestselling novels include My Pear-Shaped Life, A Thousand Roads Home, The Woman at 72 Derry Lane and the ITV commissioned novel, Cold Feet The Lost Years. Carmel’s trademark is to write warm, uplifting stories with humour, heart and hope. She loves to write about family, friendships, love and life within complex, twisting plots. Carmel’s novels have been shortlisted twice for an Irish Book Award and her debut won Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic eBook of the Year in 2013. Carmel is also a regular on Irish TV screens, as a panellist on Virgin Media’s Elaine show and is co-founder of The Inspiration Project, a coaching and writing retreat.
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