Classy Mr Murray

 A beautiful romantic story set in Ireland and London.

 When your heart is broken what do you do? focus on your career and change countries if you can, and Clodagh Kenny did just that, moving to London at 17 to live with her lovely aunt Lizzy, studying textiles, and eventually becoming a famous designer. But a new adventure and the opportunity to expand her business, brings her back to Ireland. But what happens when you meet that scumbag ex or his son, and the painful past comes rushing back emotional bruise and all. But there are two sides to every story and it’s only fair to hear both. Clodagh Kenny and James Murry take centre stage in this romantic drama, but they are surrounded by so many other different characters who each play their part in telling the story.

The story is written from many different points of views which is marked by the character’s name, the layout style is different to most other novels I’ve read but it makes the transition from character to character nice and smooth. When there are so many different characters in a book it can get confusing, or the reader can get lost as to who is who, but in this case the style of the book did the opposite, helping the reader along. However, sometimes I think the dramatic build up was prematurely released through the conversation of some of the sub-characters. For example, Beth’s adoption could possibly have been kept a secret a bit longer, but the reader knew about it long before James, thereby taking away from the suspense and drama.

Then there’s the like father like son scenario, I loved the devious build up to the whole pregnancy plot, and was on the edgy of my seat waiting to see how the drama unfolded, but I have to say I was expecting a lot more than just a slap, I felt the closing scene to that particular storyline ended too abruptly and a little to smoothly as Pamela was a great wild card, and having her walked away so easily brought a little anti-climax to that scene. Clodagh and James story conclude how I had expected, with a nice happy twist at the end, and restoring faith in romance and making one believe in love again.

It is a great read, with romance, deception, secrets and lies.

It has a great Mave Binchey vibe to it and makes a great holiday read.

If you’re looking for a light romantic easy read, this is for you.

Kids reads

Under the Hawthorn Tree – March reads for Kidz,

Following through with the Irish theme for this month, here is the kidz read. Under the Hawthorn Tree, by author Marita Conlon-McKenna book 1 of 3. This is a great way to give children an insight into Irish history, and the harsh reality of the famine. Following the plight of three courageous children as they fight for survival, while travelling through Ireland in search of their family members. Take the challenge and walk with Eily, Michael and Peggy, as they take on a dangerous but brave journey through a harsh perilous Ireland.

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Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family, Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of the dreaded workhouse, they escape. Their one hope is to find the great aunts they have heard about in their mother’s stories. With tremendous courage they set out on a journey that will test every reserve of strength, love and loyalty they possess.

March Read

As St Patrick’s day is just around the corner, let’s have book of the month by Irish Author Margaret Kelleher

“Classy Mr Murray”

I’ve made a kick start on this already and I’m so enjoying it. Book layout style is a little different to other novels I’ve read, but makes the transition from past to present and from character to character nice and smooth.

So come on ladies especially if you are from Killarney, Fossa, or travel from Beaufort through fossa to Killarney, not for getting to mention Mallow. Check out The “Classy Mr Murray” If your wondering about the places I mentioned, well get reading and the mystery will be unveiled.

There’s no time like the present to return to the past…
It’s been decades since the Brandon Lodge was at its peak: the idyllic background for many Irish summers and the romantic seeds its planted. Thirty years ago, this iconic landscape was the backdrop for a chance meeting between Clodagh Kenny and James Murray. It was there that they fell in love–and fell prey to heartbreak. 
Years later, the site of the lodge has fallen under new management, and those who once loved it have returned in order to restored it. Now a successful knitwear designer, Clodagh has found herself a solid businesswoman with a lovely daughter whom she has raised as her own. Looking to create a fresh start in the newly developed Brandon Lodge Enterprise Park, Clodagh seeks to plant the seeds of new birth in the land of her past mistakes. Elsewhere, James is busy ascending the corporate ladder, only to find that no matter how far he climbs–he cannot escape the past.
When their new lives become entangled once again–Clodagh and James must reconcile the past if they ever hope to become lucky in love once more.