“This book. There are no words and five stars seems such a low bar when this book is as shockingly good as it is. I even found myself screaming NO WAY and almost woke my baby just because the twists and turns had me that shocked. I read this late into the night simply because I had to know how it ended.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
They say home is where the heart is, yet somehow my heart is split in two. New York, the city I live in and love, and Ireland, the home of my ancestors—somewhere I have lived only in my dreams. And now I have no choice but to go looking…
Brooklyn, New York: Broken-hearted and home alone on New Year’s Eve, Bea O’Connor finds a letter she wrote to herself nearly twenty years before…
In the letter, she’d wished for many things. To never lose touch with her two best friends. For her father to be happier. To one day go back to the picturesque Irish village of Kilmore Quay, so she could find out more about her mother who’d died when Bea was tiny. Bea had also dreamed that she’d one day find love—even if her heart is too fragile since losing Dan to think about that right now.
Impulsively she starts writing new little wishes in the margins of the letter. But as the moon goes down over New York City and another year begins, a little magic seems to be in the air. And, as shocking family secrets come to light and Bea finds herself having to travel to Kilmore Quay at last, some of those wishes start to feel like they really could come true.
Even if fate has one last twist in store…
An absolutely gripping and powerful story that will break your heart into thousands of tiny pieces, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Maeve Binchy and Jean Grainger.
Readers are loving The Moon Over Kilmore Quay:
“It’s FULL of heart and I’m warning you, it’ll SMASH yours – but put it back together again just before the end. It should really come packaged with tissues and a box of Barry’s Tea, which as a Corkonian I’m happy to say features prominently.” USA Today bestselling author, Catherine Ryan Howard
“Wow, where do I start ... Her best yet – a completely addictive heartfelt story peppered with Carmel’s trademark warmth… this gorgeous read truly was the perfect escape from day to day life.” No.1 bestselling author, Melissa Hill
“Unashamedly full of heart… an unputdownable journey between New York and Wexford. It is a story about family and identity, about legacy and secrets, and is ultimately a touching love letter to Ireland… She delivers heartache and laughter, and plenty of surprises along the way.” New York Times bestselling author, Hazel Gaynor
“I can’t remember the last time I got so engrossed in a story – this book has everything – nostalgia, twists, turns, drama, laughter, tears – with the stunning back drop of New York and Wexford… 10 out of 10 big bright shiny stars from me! Absolutely loved it!” Caroline Grace-Cassidy
“It’s a BEAUTY!… Quite simply up there with Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn.” No.1 bestselling author, Claudia Carroll
“Beautiful in every way. You just want to curl up with it and keep reading. It made me cry, laugh and want to hug my best friends… A very beautiful summer read!” Jasminegalsreadinglog
‘Absolutely wonderful… Draws you in to the story as soon as you open the cover and holds you until the end… The emotional plot twist and turns will have you flying through the pages, unable to stop reading… Sure to pull at your heartstrings… I was swept away. I loved this book so much.’ Page Turners, 5 star
Wonderful. I laughed and cried.
Phenomenal Unputdownable Escape
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was absolutely wonderful. Carmel Harrington is a new author for me, and I really enjoy her writing style. She draws you in to the story as soon as you open the cover and holds you until the end.
Bea O’Conner has lived in New York City her whole life but always felt like there was a hole in her heart….a void. It’s New Years Eve and she finds a letter she wrote to herself twenty years ago, full of wishes she wanted for her life. When she reads her time capsule letter, she realizes she has always wanted to visit Kilmore Quay in Ireland. Now the opportunity has come for Bea to make the trip across the pond to the land of her ancestors. When she arrives in Kilmore Quay, Ireland she feels as if those wishes may come true. But the emotional plot twist and turns will have you flying through the pages, unable to stop reading until you reach the end. I was touched by the loyalty of Bea’s two best friends, they have been by her side her entire life, and now they travel to Ireland with her. This story is sure to pull at your heartstrings, and is one that you will find yourself adding to your must read again pile.
The description of Kilmore Quay was so detailed, that you will feel as if you have actually been there. Thank you Carmel Harrington for this wonderful read, I was swept away. I loved this book so much and I highly recommend it.
Wonderful Family Saga
This is just such a lovely story about love, family, drama, secrets, and best friends forever. Set in New York City and Wexford County, Ireland, the settings, the characters, and the story will draw you in and you won’t be able to set this book down until you’re finished.
Beatrice (Bea) just went through a breakup with the love of her life, Dan. When she receives a letter, written by herself as a child in school, she decides to investigate her family and her Irish roots. Many years earlier, Lucy, immigrates from Ireland to New York as a young woman, with her sister Maeve to start a new life.
This book is beautifully written. The descriptions of New York City, Queens, and Wexford County are beautiful, I felt like I was there with the characters of the book. The book goes back and forth in time and back and forth between the characters of Lucy and Bea, telling the story bit by bit until it all falls together at the end.
Families and secrets and how these secrets can change the course of the lives of these characters. And, how once these secrets are discovered, how love can heal the wounds these secrets have inflicted. I enjoy multigenerational stories, and stories of love and forgiveness and this book have all that and more.
I especially enjoyed the friendships of both generations. Bea and her friends were so much like Lucy and her friends, and how these friendships lasted over the years. They all tried to live up to the mantra of Best Friends Forever.
I highly recommend this book. Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this advanced reader’s copy.