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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    Who wouldn't want to own an Irish Pub? This is a must read!!!

    Living in America, do you ever wonder what it would be like to own an Irish Pub? Well that is the premise behind the latest book by Mary Carter, The Pub Across The Pond.

    As the song goes, Ronan McBride was a rambler and a gambler, although he was never a long way from home. I can't tell you what it was that made the birds go absolutely mental over him, except that he was over six feet and had all his hair. Let's just say he had his pick of chickens in our little town, not to mention a hen or two who would have liked to sink their beaks into him. His father had left the pub to him when he past away even though in heavenly retrospect, I bet James, his father, wishes he would've just left it to the girls.

    Ronan was the biggest gambler, but Joe, his uncle, a businessman and teetotaler, was well suited to take him on. It was hard to believe they were related. Joe ran the general shop next door and hardly ever set foot in the pub. In the center of the table lay a massive pile of crumpled bills. They were out of cash and had switched to using bingo chips. It was never suppose to get up this high - it was five-thousand when it came down to just the two of 'em, and Joe was willing to keep the pot as it was but Ronan had to push it.

    He had four aces. Two on the deal, and two more sweet babies on the draw. It was a sure winner. He almost felt sorry for his uncle. But when his uncle put down the keys to his shop, Ronan felt obligated to put up the keys to the pub. Maybe Ronan was taking unfair advantage of an old fella. A straight flush was the only hand in the world to be a four aces. If Joe wasn't bluffing, he probably had a high straight at best, and when they both laid down their hands, that's exactly what Joe had. Ronan's face wasn't the only thing that was flush.

    Now he only had thirty days to find a way to raise one hundred thousand euros or his family's pub would become the latest tanning bed in Ireland. His sisters decide that American's are foolish enough to want to spend $20 to purchase a raffle ticket to own an Irish pub. They feel that not only will they raise enough money but even more. They just hope the person who wins isn't looking to come to Ireland to own it, but that's exactly what Carlene Rivers decides to do. She is stunned when she wins, but everyone else is stunned when she actually goes...and that's where this novel goes.

    I received The Pub Across The Pond by Mary Carter compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Mary Carter for my honest review. I loved the way she wrote this novel. The dialogue is so precise you can hear the Irish accent in your head as your reading it. This is an adorable romantic fiction that will have everyone wishing to visit Ireland, head to a pub and order up a pint! I rate this a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to pick up more books from this author. She truly made you feel a part of the story from the very first page, you will laugh out loud at times and find some warmth and romance even tucked inside. I LOVED IT!

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Authentic & Believable Irish Story!

    What caused me to choose to read this book was the promise of it not being the typical romance novel about love and longing in Ireland...big castle on the hill, etc. Thankfully, it held up beautifully to its promise.

    Finally, a story written about Irish people that touches something not just of their humor and magic (which this book does, as well), but of the depth of their hearts and loyalties as a community. This, not withstanding and aside from the novels written about the IRA, of course, which is another topic altogether.

    Mary Carter is a writer who is tested by her other works. She's not a novice author, so this helps smooth the way for such a comprehensive story which, I think, has many biographical references, drawn from her uncle. The story is quite magical in the telling not in a "hibbie, gibblie" way, but in its gifts from one character to another. Ms Carter has the ability of descriptive writing not only with respect to her characters, but with her poignant renderings of landscape and lodgings. However, often our strongest gifts can also be our weaknesses.

    What I found difficult in reading the book is that it was, as my high school English teachers and college professors would say, "wordy." It was just too packed with long paragraphs of descriptions and background information that got somewhat boggy. Not that this caused me to put the book down, mind you! But, if I were an editor, I would have culled it down a bit for an easier and better flow.

    Carlene Rivers is a likable heroine. She embodies pretty much all women who need a different venue when love and life give them a swift kick. Her willingness to yield and understand the people of Balleybeog accounts for much of her success in becoming one of them, and it was something that made the story strong. I loved the sisters of Ronan McBride and wished I could have every one of them as friends! Such engaging characters! This alone would make me recommend the book to you.

    Sigh...Ronan...now that's the story that needed telling about a Irishman who was the only son of that gaggle of sisters! LOL Poor guy, and poor women who sought him out for attention or love! This novel doesn't sugar-coat the gorgeous Irishman, however, making it all the more a good read for me.

    And, who could read this book without carrying away a certain love for Declan who said, "You can only fill a pot of gold with one coin at a time." He's my hero of the novel. You'll love him.

    I recommend this book, but with the reservation about it being too wordy at times. Books that focus more on characterization and conversation are best reads, for the most part. In this novel, however, many will love the descriptions...so it's difficult to say...

    3 1/2 stars

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    A bit o the blarney

    Carlene Rivers is unlucky, at love and at life it seems but something told her to buy a raffle ticket at an Irish fair in Ohio, only $20.00 to win a pub in Ireland.
    Ronan McBride is a rogue and a gambler, he's never found the right woman to settle him down but when he looses the family pub in a poker game the women in his family take matters into their own hands, they offer the pub in a raffle, in America open only to Yanks.
    Carlene and her winning raffle ticket show up in Ballybeog Ireland to take ownership of her new pub, she leaves the baggage of her old life behind determined to become a new woman. Will she run screaming back to the US or will the locals welcome her with open arms, will it be more than she hoped for or worse than a nightmare at A Pub Across The Pond.
    Get ready to kiss the Blarney Stone with this fun, quirky, entertaining Irish Adventure, full of spirit and energy. Mary Carter takes us across the pond to the most unremarkable yet quaint little village in the middle of nowhere Ireland and tells us a tale for and Celtic story lover. Her plot is an amazing mix of intrigue, romance, family drama and Irish hospitality. The narrative goes between the yank speak of Carlene and the Irish brogue of Declan and the rest of the locals, it will keep you in stitches and give you a rare authentic taste of real Ireland, it can get a bit raw but that's what authentic is all about. Her characters all deserve Oscars for their performances as they are all amazingly believable and utterly charming. Her heroine Carlene is a wonderful portrait of a woman aspiring to be her best by reinventing herself. Her hero Ronan is an irresistible cad that woman can't help fall in love with and men want for their best friend, he's also a genuine caring person who just can't seem to make the right choices.
    It's a romance, a drama, a contemporary piece of literature and it's a whole lot of fun. So if you're in the mood to take a closer walk with the wee folk, or to walk in the Steps of Brigid or Patrick pick up your own copy of this memorable novel.
    Thank you Ms. Carter for my must read of October

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Amazing book!!

    One ticket can change the life of many. On the west coast of Ireland in the small town of Ballybeog, things are about to get exciting. An American has just won Uncle Jimmy's, a white stone pub with bright blue trim and a thatched roof. The townspeople have very mixed feelings about the winner of the lottery. They are a proud people with a history of perseverance and tenacity. The town welcomes her with open arms or so it would seem. Strange things are happening in Ballyboeg and it appears it all started when she arrived. Carlene Rivers has never been a lucky person. She lost her mother at a very young age and then slowly lost her father. She had a botched marriage to an Irish man and was living an unfulfilling life in Cleveland, Ohio. On a yearly trip to an Irish festival in Dublin, Ohio, Carlene decides to take a chance and she buys a single lottery ticket for an opportunity to win a pub. Being a descendant from the Emerald Isle, some of her fondest memories are of her grandmother reliving her family's history. When fantasy becomes reality, can Carlene make her dreams come true with a little bit of Irish luck? How can one of the best hands in poker be beaten? By the hand of fate, that's how. Ronan McBride held four aces in his hand and he bet his family's pub to win. A hand like that is always a winner. He now has a month to earn enough money to buy back the pub. Ronan's sisters don't trust him and come up with a plan to ensure the pub is safe from their scheming uncle. They decide to hold a lottery for a chance to own the pub. I read "The Pub Across the Pond" in one sitting. I fell in love with the book and couldn't put it down even though the sun was rising. From my experience as a recent visitor to Ireland, Ms. Carter did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of the land. She noted key sites without making it sound like a tourist advertisement. Everything Carlene felt I also felt while there. There is nothing like the lure of its history and the touch of magic in the air. You can actually take a breath and feel the enchantment in it. She reminded me of my visit within the pages of this book. She showcased the beauty of the country, the warmth of the people and the magic of their history. The characters were engaging and wonderful. The scenery was so beautifully described that you could imagine you were there. You felt the rain on your face and the wind in your hair. The romance included not only Carlene and Ronan, but the whole town of Ballybeog. I loved every sentence of this book. I was in heaven from the beginning to the end. This is storytelling at its divine best. Ms. Carter really and truly captured the heart of Ireland; the beauty and charm encompassed in an enchanting tale of discovery, love and hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Entertaining

    Very entertaining. Thought i would not like it as i really dislike english writers but i have to hand it to the author as the writing was fun, alive and not filled with words like the loo...that drives me nuts, sorry. But i love the main character and i love the people of this story and place. Light fun reading. Pick it up. Not that the author is from Ireland but the qriting is a good blend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    GREAT read!!!!

    Funny and empowering with a great love story. What more could a girl ask for? Loved it and then some!!!

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    An Entertaining Irish Read

    The Pub Across the Pond is a fun read and will keep you entertained for hours. Carlene is an American who wins a pub in the small village of Balleybeog. Once there, she quickly falls in love with Ireland and the people of the small village, but the people aren't too fond of her. And someone is trying to sabotage her pub--stealing kegs, nailing plywood over the bathrooms, and leaving a goat in the pub. And then there's Ronan, the previous owner of the pub, who's gambling problems caused him to lose the family pub to Carlene. Their attraction is instant and red hot, but can they make it work?

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Perfect for anyone who wants to read about Ireland and wants a fun read that is not strictly romance. The characters are well written and lively, and Carlene's journey from Ohio to happiness in Balleybeog makes this book hard to put down until the very last page.

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