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  • Feel good story

    I read a lot of books from different genres. Occasionally, I come across a book that just feels good. This book was one of those books. It doesn't feel like a block buster read but I sure enjoyed it. It's a quick read that gives some good advice without being preachy. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, they were easy to like. I will read more books by this author.

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  • 50% review.

    I got half way through but then lost interest. Every thing is pretty nice in Jo's world except for some distress at the annoying self doubt stopping her from pursuing her dreams. Ultimatly I found that the people around Jo are more interesting than she is. When she got her big break, I wasn't rooting for her.

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  • Feel-good romance set in Northern Ireland

    Jo Campbell is leading a very safe life in her beloved Derry. Presently living with her mother and six-year old sister while her father is working in Dubai, she co-owns a bar with her brother Noah but dreams of one day being a famous writer. She hasn't even dated since she came back from her job as a holiday rep in Spain a few years ago. Safe, but maybe a bit boring? Definitely in a rut. Then two things happen to shake up Jo's life. Her neighbour's grandson Lorcan comes to visit from England and her BFF, who happens to own the local bookshop, sends Jo's manuscript to a famous author who is about to visit the bookshop for a book reading. Suddenly Jo is faced with some very real and exciting opportunities, but does she have the courage to take them? And are they mutually exclusive? I've been in a bit of a slump with the cosy British romances recently so I started this book with trepidation, and I have to admit it didn't grab me at first. But soon the novelty (for me) of a contemporary romance set in Northern Ireland and the engaging characters won me over. I believe this is the second book in a series but it could definitely be read as a stand-alone. Cute, charming, funny and choc full of lovable characters without trying too hard this was just the book to lift me out of my reading slump and make me feel good. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • Delightfully funny and sweet

    Ms. Kennedy’s charming and heartwarming follow-up to The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn is fine to read as a standalone. However, I was so excited to return to the lovely town of Derry in Northern Ireland to see what Jo, Libby, Noah, Erin, Harry, and the others are getting up to. It appears Jo Campbell, Noah’s sister and co-owner of the Ivy Inn, is not herself lately. She’s dragging her feet on launching her dream to become a writer and her longing for the love her friends and family have is getting her down. So she becomes friends with Harry’s visiting and seemingly nice grandson, Lorcan, and her best friend sends her manuscript to a famous author. Sounds promising, right? Let’s just say, there are some surprises and revelations in store that finally pull Jo out of her slump and she starts to believe in herself again. Jo and Lorcan make a good team after they start to open up to each other about their very sad pasts. And Jo’s support system including her loving mum, her adorable little sister, Clara, her protective brother, Noah, her best friend, Libby, Paddy the dog, and even the cantankerous and endearing Harry, are what round out the whole small-town experience. I recommend this delightfully funny and sweet tale full of lovable characters and a beautiful setting. Thank you to Ms. Kennedy for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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