A novel of marriage, family, and love lost and love found...Kerry McCormack, a thirtysomething wife and mother, dreams of trading her office job for a simpler life. After years of a passionate marriage, she’s grown apart from her husband Stephen, who hides his longing for a close family. Unresolved grief over a recent miscarriage haunts their relationship…just as a dilemma from Kerry’s past unexpectedly appears.
Kerry accepts a surprise invitation from an old friend of Stephen’s—a friend she once fancied—to leave Dublin for a weekend in the little village of Ballydara. She's anticipating an idyllic country holiday with free-spirited Will and his family. Yet the grief shadowing her makes her a little too susceptible to Will’s charm. He’s the catalyst that exposes long-buried secrets between Kerry and Stephen, and the regrets that haunt them both.
As Kerry’s hopes for her marriage and her family’s future seem out of reach, will she and Stephen heal their relationship before it's too late?
"The Hopeful Romantic was a pleasure to read for its engaging characters, its authenticity, and its unforgettable moments...a poignant and, sometimes humorous, old-fashioned romantic story." -Chanticleer Reviews
Susan Colleen Browne is also the author of Little Farm in the Foothills, a heartwarming, modern homesteading memoir, and the Morgan Carey Series, fantasy-adventures for tweens.
Susan Colleen Browne
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"The Hopeful Romantic," Book 3 of "The Village of Ballydara" series, will transport you to the quaint farmlands of Ireland and to the city life of Dublin. The descriptions of the picturesque countryside of Ireland truly leave the reader wanting to hop a plane and visit the beautiful land. However, even more compelling than the scenery depicted, is the story of a couple who after many years of marriage has begun to feel that their relationship is predictable and “comfortable” allowing for the wrong sort of habits to seep in--the habits that can cause discord and heartache.
How far can two people let things go before it is too late to save a relationship? "The Hopeful Romantic" is a story of what happens when a couple assumes that no effort is needed to maintain their relationship and then inevitably realize that their marriage is at risk.
Kerry, the novel’s protagonist, after struggling to get back on track after her...
I really enjoyed the book, esp. the "Happy Ending" of sorts, though it might have seemed slow to get into. However, it is a book amny, many people can relate to and would make a very good discussion book, concerning how many of us communicate, or do not communicate. Each character plays a significant role, and is a spoke in the wheel that turns. Very interesting, to the point that the book cannot be put down. Well worth reading. Can't wait to order the sequel.
Read this entire trilogy and loved every one. Their was enough left off from the last book that makes me wonder if there will be a fourth. Really hope so!
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