Title: Hearts in Ireland (World of Love series)
Author: J.C. Long
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 119
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
When the future is shrouded and it’s hard to find direction, maybe it’s time to let the heart lead the way….
Ronan Walker stands at a crossroads, unsure how to pursue his education… unsure if he even wants to. Now that his mother is gone, all he has left are the wonderful stories of her youth in Ireland, and he’s drawn to the land of his ancestors. There, he seeks out his mother’s family and meets Fergal Walsh, who works at Ronan’s aunt’s bookstore. A love of literature facilitates a fast friendship between the two men, and even though Ronan cannot deny the potential—and his desire—for more, he cannot see a future for the two of them when he leaves Ireland. Fergal must persuade Ronan to give school in Dublin a chance—and convince Ronan that his heart has already found its home.
Ronan travels to Ireland to visit relatives in an attempt to get out of his deep depression following his mother’s untimely death. But his aunt Gwendolyn feels
“No, you’re not running away from yourself. That depression wasn’t you, nor was the loss. I think you’re running towards yourself. This place is part of you, whether you’ve been here before or not. You came here to find that part of yourself. I believe you’re soul-searching.” […] “Whatever it is you’re searching for, I hope you find it.”
And when Ronan meets Fergal, who works at his aunt’s bookstore, he begins to wonder if she might be correct. But as much as the two men have in common, there are barriers in their way; mostly Ronan’s complete indecision about his future. Following a night of (off-page) passion during a camping trip, Ronan’s first waking thought is “What the hell was I thinking?” and after a bout of soul-searching Ronan eventually makes some tough decisions about his future and who he wants to spend it with.
Nothing new can grow in a garden if you never remove the old.
“Hearts in Ireland” does a beautiful job of celebrating its setting – this truly is a love letter to Ireland in all its emerald glory. However, there isn’t a lot of chemistry between Fergal and Ronan on-page and they solve all their problems in one brief scene. Also, Fergal’s dialogue is written with an Irish accent throughout, i.e. “Yes, Oi know what yeh mean. And Oi’d like that too” which bothered me (although I realize this may not bother anyone else.) 3.5 stars for “Heart in Ireland.”
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