by Carmel Harrington
Publication Date June 1, 2021
Published by Bookouture
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Genres: Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Literary, Women
It’s my turn for a stop on the Moon Over Kilmore Quay by Carmel Harrington. Check out my 5-star review below, and don’t forget to visit the other blogs on the tour for more reviews and information on the book. And there is a video below by the author at Kilmore Quay!
They say home is where the heart is, yet somehow my heart is split in two. New York, the city I live in and love, and Ireland, the home of my ancestors—somewhere I have lived only in my dreams. And now I have no choice but to go looking…
Brooklyn, New York: Broken-hearted and home alone on New Year’s Eve, Bea O’Connor finds a letter she wrote to herself nearly twenty years before…
In the letter, she’d wished for many things. To never lose touch with her two best friends. For her father to be happier. To one day go back to the picturesque Irish village of Kilmore Quay, so she could find out more about her mother who’d died when Bea was tiny. Bea had also dreamed that she’d one day find love—even if her heart is too fragile since losing Dan to think about that right now.
Impulsively she starts writing new little wishes in the margins of the letter. But as the moon goes down over New York City and another year begins, a little magic seems to be in the air. And, as shocking family secrets come to light and Bea finds herself having to travel to Kilmore Quay at last, some of those wishes start to feel like they really could come true.
Even if fate has one last twist in store…
An absolutely gripping and powerful story that will break your heart into thousands of tiny pieces, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Maeve Binchy and Jean Grainger.
This is just such a lovely story about love, family, drama, secrets and best friends forever. Set in New York City and Wexford County, Ireland, the settings, the characters and the story will draw you in and you won’t be able to set this book down until you’re finished.
Beatrice (Bea) just went through a break up with the love of her life, Dan. When she receives a letter, written by herself as a child in school, she decides to investigate her family and her Irish roots. Many years earlier, Lucy, immigrates from Ireland to New York as a young woman, with her sister Maeve to start a new life.
This book is beautifully written. The descriptions of New York City, Queens, and Wexford County are beautiful, I felt like I was there with the characters of the book. The book goes back and forth in time and back and forth between the characters of Lucy and Bea, telling the story bit by bit until it all falls together at the end.
Families and secrets and how these secrets can change the course of the lives of these characters. And, how once these secrets are discovered, how love can heal the wounds these secrets have inflicted. I enjoy multigenerational stories, and stories of love and forgiveness and this book has all that and more.
I especially enjoyed the friendships of both generations. Bea and her friends were so much like Lucy and her friends, and how these friendships lasted over the years. They all tried to live up to the mantra of Best Friends Forever.
I highly recommend this book.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this advanced readers copy.
And here is a video of the Author, Carmel Harrington talking about the book, and shows the location of the book, Kilmore Quay!