The Irish House
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.
What readers are saying about Ann O’Loughlin:
‘I am speechless and emotionally wrung out after reading this incredibly powerful and moving novel… It tapped into my heart and squeezed out every tear I tried to hold onto but the waterfall could not be held back and the tissue box became my constant companion… Exceptional.’ Cindy L Spear ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wonderful! Powerful, poignant and emotional, the characters were special and Kilteelagh was definitely a character of its own. A very heartwarming contemporary novel… I recommend highly.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I adored this trip to Ireland.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Oh, the magic of a manor house in Ireland.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I don’t often use the term “heart-warming” but this book definitely earns it… I was emotionally caught up in the story, and very much enjoyed it. Definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Beautiful… A wonderful feel-good story that I highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I couldn’t believe the amount of emotion I felt whilst reading this story… Ann O’Loughlin could not have written a better book… Just as heart-warming as it is heartbreaking.’ Kelly’s Book Corner
‘A wonderful read, both uplifting and heartbreaking.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What a gorgeous book!… A huge pleasure to read!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐