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.
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 400
Date of Publication: May 27, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
Sometimes things come at great cost. But, often with great benefits. That proved to be the case with two sisters who were able to leave Ireland and start their lives over across the pond in America. As the story shifts between two timelines, a letter written years ago reveals secrets that, if unraveled, could completely destroy the fabric that held the family together, despite major trials, years and miles.
As the story begins to unfold, Bea O'Connor recalls writing a letter to her future self when she was ten years old. This simple class assignment proved to have devastating effects nearly twenty years later. Proud of her Irish heritage, often thinking of her parents and great grandparents, in 2020 New York, quite happy with her life, begins to ponder over that letter she once wrote to herself. Sadly, having lost her mother, and her father being a famous author is more than unhappy with her father's dating life, especially when he begins to date her teacher. Considering these things are just the tip of the iceberg of the letter Bea once wrote.
Back in 1992, American visas changed the lives of Lucy and Maeve. It is quite interesting to see to whom Bea is connected in present day, and how Bea's letter proved to be the catalyst that changes more than one life. This story is one of relationships, and is written in a manner that caused a maelstrom of emotions as these relationships are explored. It is often not a happy story, since the subjects are deep, but so very compelling as layer by layer the aforementioned secrets evolve into love, family and forgiveness.
It almost goes without saying that learning about Irish immigrants was a great bonus, as I love any education I can get while I am reading. With excellent pacing and a shocking twist, this fabulous story hit a hard punch with its conclusion and will keep me thinking of this book for quite some time.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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