Fiona Burke has long been obsessed with Ireland’s famed, sixteenth-century pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. Now that she’s on the final stretch of earning her PhD in history, all she needs to do is finish her dissertation—with Grace O’Malley as her subject—then return home to Boston to defend it. Once that’s done she can compete for a highly coveted history professor position.
Fiona arrives in western Ireland aiming to interview the locals and find additional folklore to flesh out her work. But when she encounters Grace’s distant relative—the handsome, commanding Rory O’Malley—she gets seriously distracted. Rory shares her passion for history and Ireland, and cares for his grandfather and great-uncle in a winsome way. Unfortunately he also carries wounds beyond his injured leg…wounds that threaten to dismantle every little bit of a relationship that he and Fiona begin to build.
As a famed TV host becomes intrigued with Fiona—as well as convinced she should do guest appearances on his show—Rory starts to figure out that he might be as interested in his own personal romantic future as he is in Ireland’s epic past. But can he take the steps toward the healing he needs before it’s too late? It all remains to be seen…Once Upon an Irish Summer.
Once Upon an Irish Summer was my first Lisa T. Bergren book! I know, I know! This book was like spending a summer vacation in Ireland. The mixture of Irish History, culture, and descriptive scenery really transports the reader to this quiet little corner of the globe. The cast of characters in this book was charming! Rory was my favorite character! He was flawed, yet managed to be thoughtful, kind, and humorous despite his inner struggles. The romance between Rory and Fiona was worth the wait. Fiona was sweet and brought a lot of life to this story with her positivity and boundless energy . I got a bit frustrated with her reluctance to stand up for herself at times, and her compromises that she made in the name of research, but overall she was a good compliment to Rory. This story has a little bit of everything to keep the readers interest and I think contemporary romance fans will enjoy taking this trip to Ireland through the pages of Once Upon an Irish Summer.
*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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About The Author:
Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books in a
variety of genres, that have sold over three million copies combined. She lives in
Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and three big kids. You can find out
more about her at LisaTawnBergren.com.
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