The Irish House by Ann O’Loughlin | #bookreview #booksontour | @annolwriter @Bookouture

I’ve read a few of Ann O’Loughlin’s books and always enjoyed them. I was pleased to have the opportunity to read her latest, The Irish House, which is published by Bookouture and available now. Thanks to Jess for having me as part of the #booksontour.

About the Book

My dearest Marianne, have you ever completely loved one person? What I am about to tell you now, I have told no one…

Beautiful Kilteelagh House in Ireland, with its avenue of trees and its acres of wildflowers, was somewhere Marianne thought she’d never be again. At least, not without her beloved grandmother Collie. But when Collie passes away, she has just one request – for Marianne to leave behind her glamorous life in New York and to raise Collie’s orphaned granddaughters in the wild Irish countryside. Heartbroken and determined to fulfil her grandmother’s dying wish, Marianne has no choice but to say yes…

All Marianne and her cousins have left is each other, and letters from Collie that keep arriving from beyond the grave. They become a lifeline for Marianne, and she soon realises that her grandmother still has a lot to still teach her. And after a chance encounter with gorgeous local handyman Jack, Marianne wonders if Collie believed being back at Kilteelagh House would help her find love, too?

Soon, Marianne can’t help but begin to fall in love with this place that is so full of memories, of secrets, and perhaps even a little bit of Irish magic. But then out of the blue, a letter from Collie arrives that changes everything…

Will Marianne ever be able to decide where her heart truly belongs? Or will she have to run away from the only people who have ever truly understood her?

An absolutely heartbreaking and heart-warming read overflowing with Irish charm that will make you laugh, cry and hold your loved ones close. Perfect for fans of Susanne O’Leary, Cathy Kelly and Kathleen McGurl.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this one. Ann O’Loughlin writes so well about families and the complicated relationships that can be found within them.

It would have been really difficult to be in Marianne’s shoes at the beginning of the book. She has most unexpectedly been left Kilteelagh House when her grandmother, Collie, died, and also the care of two of her nieces. I admired her determination to fulfil her grandmother’s wishes, despite the fury and antagonsim of her aunt Katherine.

One aspect of the book I really enjoyed was Collie’s letters. Knowing she was unwell, she wrote letters to Marianne. These were delivered monthly after her death and reflected on what would be happening in the house and grounds. The natural beauty of the Irish landscape shone through. I really loved reading Collie’s words of encouragement as she explained to Marianne why she had left her the house, why she believed in her and also began to reveal some of the reasons why Kilteelagh was so special to her.

There were two beautiful love stories told within the book too. One was a slow burn romance while the other was a passionate forbidden relationship which endured. I liked the way that the author brought a resolution to both these romances in a very satisfying way.

The Irish House is a warm and uplifting story of determination, hope and love in which community plays a big part. It’s a moving book that celebrates creativity, healing and family.

Buying link: The Irish House

About the Author

Ann is the Irish author of five novels and has been translated into eleven languages. Her first novel The Ballroom Cafe was also an ebook bestseller and in the top 20 bestselling books of 2015 on Amazon UK. Ann loves to write and often gets up at 5am to get the words down, before starting her other job of writing as a news reporter. A leading journalist in Ireland, Ann has covered all major news events in a long career with Independent Newspapers, Ireland. She is now a senior journalist with the Irish Examiner specialising in legal issues. Ann has also lived in India. Originally from the west of Ireland she now lives on the east coast with her husband and family.

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