Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At thirty, she’s living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes.
As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten not just by the town’s beguiling mix of ancient and modern, but by the welcome she receives. In this small town near Galway Bay, strife is no stranger, strangers are family, and no one is ever too busy for a cup of tea or a pint. And though her new job presents challenges—from a meddling neighbor to the pub’s colorful regulars—there are compensations galore. Like the freedom to sing, joke, and tell stories, and in doing so, find her own voice. And in her flirtation with Ronan McBride, the pub’s charming, reckless former owner, she just may find the freedom to follow where impulse leads and trust her heart—and her luck—for the very first time . . .
“Guaranteed to become one of the books on your shelf that you’ll want to read again.” —The Free Lance-Star
“A fun, quirky read.” –Publishers Weekly
After the McBride sisters' Uncle Joe wins the family pub from their gambling-addict brother Ronan in a poker match, the sisters create a sweepstakes as a way of keeping their scheming uncle from turning the pub into a tanning salon. When adrift 30-year-old Cleveland, Oh. resident Carlene Rivers wins, creating a local media storm, no one expects her to actually accept ownership. But she does, leaving the Midwest and heading to Ballybeog, a small fictional town "out in the bogs" of Ireland off Galway. Carlene feels an intense attachment to Ireland "Welcome home" says the voice in her head as she descends into Shannon and the Irish accent makes her swoon. Though she's a "people-pleaser," she's drawn to bad boys, and finds herself immediately attracted to black sheep Ronan, and he to her. But circumstances conspire to keep them apart, perhaps so that Carlene can deal with a few demons of her own. Carter cleverly urges the reader to root for Carlene to hook up with bad catch Ronan, but this story is most deeply rooted in Carlene's own self-discovery. As Carlene to Irish accents, so goes Carter to Irish clich s, but beyond them lies a fun, quirky read.
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The Pub Across The Pond
Page turner, was written very well, humorous, mysterious, and exciting. The characters were perfect and it makes me want to go to Ireland and visit the pubs.
The Pub Across the Pond
Engaging, humorous, and well written. I felt as though I had flown to Ireland myself and gotten to know each of the characters.