Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Pub Across The Pond

“Sometimes leaving home is the only way to find where you belong….”

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.

Author: Mary Carter
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 978-0-7582-5336-1
Source: Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour
Rating: Must Read, Don't Miss it!

There's just something unique and alluring about the Irish and the notion of a pub.  Whenever I think about an Irish pub, I think about warmth, love, friendship and fun.  It's like watching an episode of Cheers, where everybody knows your name.  The pub is a gathering place for friends, neighbors and family.  No matter the celebration or disappointment, you eventually meet up at the pub.  The Pub Across the Pond solidified this notion for me.  Music, people, conversation, warmth, love and friendship are all part of this novel, the pub and the characters.  It makes you want to be part of it all.
Mary Carter is a delightful and talented writer.  I was immersed in this story from the moment I started reading.  The cover drew me into this book from the moment I saw it.  I wanted to know more about the story.  The author kept me fully entertained with her well-developed characters and storyline.  This novel made me laugh, which I love!  I adored everything about it.  Its unique plot gave me a wonderfully entertaining read, while the characters made me feel at home, as if I were part of them.  I've only read one other novel by Mary Carter, entitled "She'll take it," which was just as wonderful to read.  I will be picking up her other titles after enjoying The Pub Across the Pond, as well.
 MARY CARTER is a freelance writer and novelist.  The Pub Across the Pond is her fifth novel with Kensington. Her other works include:  My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues,She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged.  In addition to her novels she has written two novellas: A Very Maui Christmas in the best selling anthology Holiday Magic, andThe Honeymoon House in the best selling anthology Almost Home. She is currently working on a new novel for Kensington.

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