In this tender holiday novel of family, healing and second chances, Kerry McCormack, a thirtysomething Irish wife and mother, longs to trade her cubicle-bound job for a simpler life. After a miscarriage, she and her husband Stephen are both grieving and have grown apart, while her teenage son is seeking the truth about his own life. Kerry's big dream to live in the country is only creating more distance in her relationship with Stephen…just as a dilemma from her past suddenly comes to light.
When Kerry accepts an unexpected invitation from an old friend of Stephen's—a friend she once fancied—to share a weekend in the little village of Ballydara, she's anticipating an idyllic country holiday with free-spirited Will and his family. Yet the grief shadowing her makes her a little too susceptible to Will's charm. He's the catalyst that exposes long-buried secrets between Kerry and Stephen, and the regrets that haunt them both.
As Kerry's hopes for love and her family's future seem out of reach, will she and Stephen heal their marriage in time for Christmas?
The Galway Girls, the sequel to The Hopeful Romantic and Book 4 of the Village of Ballydara series, is now available!
"The Hopeful Romantic was a pleasure to read for its engaging characters, its authenticity, and its unforgettable moments…a poignant and sometimes humorous, old-fashioned romantic story." —Chanticleer Reviews
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 two country memoirs, the award-winning Little Farm in the Foothills, and the sequel, Little Farm Homegrown; Susan gives her imagination full rein in her Morgan Carey series, fantasy-adventure books for tweens set near Seattle. 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! You'll find more about the Village of Ballydara series at www.susancolleenbrowne.com...Check out www.littlefarminthefoothills.blogspot.com for recipes, Irish stories, and tales of backyard farming!