About Once Upon an Irish Summer
You Can’t Embrace Your Future Until You Deal With Your Past…
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.
I loved this book. The characters, the plot, and the feel that I was in Ireland for a bit were some of my favorite things about it. There were parts that made me laugh. And honestly, I just want to get back in the world the author created in this one.
Fiona is an American young woman. She’s in Ireland trying to finish her dissertation for her master’s degree. But…somehow she finds herself in the ditch. In the first car she’s ever been able to rent. I loved how Rory steps in here to save her from her plight. And even better, he’s the grandson of the man Fiona has rented a cottage from. So she’ll keep seeing him.
I loved that Fiona was a strong woman. She works hard and she works on her own to do her research into the subject of her dissertation, Grace O’Malley. Even going to far as to fall into a river to get a picture. She’s definitely tenacious. And that’s a good thing.
Rory is a great guy. A modern day pirate with a peg leg. He also happens to be one of Grace’s descendants. He has some PTSD from his time in Iraq. I loved the way he had to grow in this book. He needed to learn to deal with what had happened to him. Both in Iraq and with his previous girlfriend after.
I loved the treasure hunt aspect of this one. It left me wanting to learn more about the woman who was Grace O’Malley. This book left me wanting more!
I bought this one with my own money. All opinions are my own.
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