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This is a tender,sexy love story of two very different people who meet, become friends then lovers. They bring out the best in each other . It was a joy to watch Colin grow in confidence because of their friendship and for Maggie to open her heart. The Story is beautifully written, the characters well formed. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This book was uplifting. The characters were believable and very likeable. The wonderful city of Dublin and the surrounding area made a good backdrop. I enjoyed the slow build up in the romance and the dialogue was so realistic. The warmth and passion between the main characters was beautifully described.
LOVE IN DUBLIN is a standalone read with a happy ending. There are sexy scenes if that is an issue for you. However, they are not really, really graphic and they add so much to the story. I would hate for you to miss this great love story because of that. The story is set in Ireland where Colin has lived all his life. Maggie is an American visiting the city.
Colin is 40, he is head of the financials for the local university. He is divorced and has 3 children all teens. I had no idea but to get a divorce in Ireland you have to state that you want a divorce and then have to live in the house with your spouse for 5, yes, 5 years before the divorce can get granted. Colin and his wife married mainly because she was pregnant. He soon realized that he has lost all freedom and his dream to travel the world. Soon the one child was followed by 2 more. He was stuck in a loveless marriage and they could hardly stand each other. After attending his brother's wedding and seeing how happy they were, he discussed divorce with his wife. She was all for it as well. So they divorced and now he is on his own. Hates his job and mourns the loss of his dreams. His 3 children are the only happy spot in his life.
Maggie is a travel writer and she is in Dublin to do a month long visit to do a big travel log on Ireland. She has been to the same pub three nights in a row and she has watched Colin sitting in a booth, a pint to his side as he writes in a notebook. Being the outgoing personality she is she goes up to him and asks what he is writing. It isn't long before she starts to see him as a soul in need. Six years ago Maggie was in a car wreck when her husband Zack was killed and she was in a coma, not expected to live, for over a week. She has recovered but her heart is still mourning the loss of the life and love she had. But she is better and she is moving on.
Maggie sets out to help Colin get out of the pity party he is in and help him set about to go after his dream. She doesn't realize that while she is saving Colin, he is saving her. This is a great love story. Not one to miss. I definitely recommend it. A really great read. I downloaded the book because I really like all things Irish. The story was a pleasant surprise.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 3/19/2021
Maggie Spencer is a travel writer who has come to Dublin as part of her latest assignment. She meets Colin McKinnon in her local pub and they strike up a friendship. Both are wounded people; Colin has gone through a divorce, not an easy thing in Ireland, and Maggie is a widow. But Maggie is determined to bring Colin out of his self-imposed shell. He's always wanted to travel, and that's what she does. Actually, she can't seem to stop. This is a lovely romance where two people who have lived through trauma learn to live for themselves again. It takes Maggie a while longer to recognize that she still carries scars from her husband's death, but Colin is patient, a lovely man, and waits (and hopes) for her to recognize that running can also be running away. I didn't realize this is the fourth book in the series, but I didn't need the others as this stands alone. It's a fairly quick read and very satisfying.
There are LOADS of telling in this book and very little action.NO true conflict. In fact, there really is NO action at all. It's like reading the back of a cereal box, without the depth of actually being IN the story. That said.... I looked forward to reading about 'older' Hero and heroine: he's in his 40s and she's 30. She's also a widow and he's just off a divorce from a marriage that was more of obligation than of love. It's in Ireland and I couldn't wait to be swept away to my favorite bucket list country. Yet I never really was. I never truly connected with either character. Maybe because I never really 'feel' either of them. The reader is told over and over things like eye color or hair color, but not what the emotions are. Even when discussing her husband's death, it doesn't pack the emotional punch it should. And frankly, I just didn't care enough about the heroine even if I did have sympathy for her widowhood at so young. Instead of having the heroine go to the brother in NYC, it would have made a HUGE impact if the HERO did. Instead of telling me about all these places she traveled, DESCRIBE it. What were the scents? The colors? The houses? The people? There's just NO detail, so I can't feel a part of this story. For example, Mom finds heroine crying over some photos from mil of her and dead husband. Dad comes to the door. Mom tells Dad to shut the door and leave them alone for a while. THAT is how it's told! It would have been sooo much better to have some interplay there-- Dad confused, also upset to see his daughter crying, Mom with tears too, SOMETHING-- SHOW SHOW SHOW SHOW it. Stop TELLING me and SHOW ME. SPOILERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Frankly, the whole last 40 pages are ridiculous. He loves me, he will wait for me, I love him but I want to travel but I miss him and I'll text and tell him I miss him and then get mad when he doesn't answer. I thought the heroine was selfish and an idiot, to be honest, especially since she was so damn wishy-washy. And to be frank, the Hero didn't come off as totally in love, he came off as a spineless idiot saying he can't have a life without her and will just get through and not really live after the WHOLE BOOK was about how she changed him so he wasn't in a rut anymore. I mean come on! We are supposed to show strong characters who are enhanced by each other, not a dependent mess without the other! Skip it.
What a perfect book for a St. Patrick's day read. The characters are so relate able, slightly damaged but ready to change their lives. Loving Ireland so much, it was wonderful to have a guided tour through this book. It made me want to pop around to the pub and join everyone. Very enjoyable book and I would recommend it highly. I had to read it straight through and ended with a sigh.
Only a few misuses of words: she uses gage for gauge; the hero is heart-rendered - I think Colin’s heart was broken (the verb is to rend), not that it had the fat simmered out of it (that’s the meaning of rendered); in Chapter 14, “laid” is the past tense of to lay and she means to lie; and she says recouping from the accident: recoup is a financial verb, I think she means recover.
But that’s only a handful of mistakes, and the story is very good.
I absolutely loved this book so much, and I don’t usually leave reviews, but this one called for it. I loved the characters, they were so real and beautiful and the story of them Coming together was so heartwarming I just couldn’t put the book down, and when I finished the last sentence I wanted to go back and start reading it again, it was that good. Highly recommend reading this
I love Ireland and stories about it. This was a tender one that gradually removed layers of hurt from Maggie and Colin. They were complicated people who much of the time understood each other better than they understood themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed that part of the story, but as mentioned above, I prefer to steer away from sexually explicit books. Unfortunately, I had not read the "warning" from one of the other reviewers before buying the book. For this reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Karla B.