“The urge to contact an old boyfriend should be approached with extreme caution, I always say,” begins Irish girl Aislin Moore...In this comic love story, twenty-six-year-old Aislin, a Dublin single mammy, is at a crossroads: while a lot of her life needs improvement, what she really needs is a father. Not for herself, mind, but for her young son, daddy-hungry Kevin—she’s determined to succeed at motherhood, if nothing else. So Aislin follows the mad impulse to track down the perfect father-figure for her little boy...who else but Ben Carpenter, her first love.
As handsome and charming as ever, Ben is soon mad about Kevin. Still, commitment-shy Aislin vows to keep things platonic, especially after her truly awful breakup with him seven years ago. But she has a way of mucking up her most inspired schemes. Tucked away in Ben's country manor house in County Galway, Kevin in tow, she finds herself falling in lust with Ben, yet she wonders if she can risk her heart a second time. A surprising gesture from her estranged father creates a seismic shift in her relationship with him, and Aislin embarks on a journey with unexpected results. In this heartfelt novel of love, family and forgiveness, will Aislin find her own fairy tale ending?
The Village of Ballydara series includes Mother Love, the holiday novel The Hopeful Romantic, and 2 short stories...The newest book of the series (#4), The Galway Girls, is now available!
“Browne has done wonderful work in capturing Ireland's language, socioeconomic picture and current cultural milieu from pubs to puddings.”
—The Bellingham Herald
About the Author:
Susan Colleen Browne weaves her love of Ireland and her passion for country living into her Village of Ballydara series, novels and stories of love, friendship and family set in the Irish countryside. She’s also the author of an award-winning memoir, Little Farm in the Foothills, a heartwarming, true-life story of modern homesteading. Her Morgan Carey series, fantasy-adventures for tweens, features ghosts, fairies, magic spells...and The Goonies Anniversary Celebration! A community college creative writing instructor, Susan runs a mini-farm in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest, USA.
When not writing, Susan is wrangling chickens, tending vegetable beds, and dreaming up new Irish stories!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful novel that will take you away... to Ireland and into the lives of a lovable lot. In a time when many books leave little to the imagination, it's genuinely refreshing to read such a sweet, charming story. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, anxious to find out what happens to the heroine, Aislin, and her son.Love the author's way with words and gift for dialogue. Whether delving into memoir or fiction, Browne never disappoints. Can't wait for the next installment in her Village of Ballydara series!