Chicago graduate student Rachel Woods is determined to complete her degree and take her place in the family textile business. But when she learns her late father once spent a summer at a traditional weaving mill in Ireland, she decides to follow in his footsteps. Rachel’s a city girl at heart but soon finds herself falling under the spell of the Emerald Isle—and the charming man who saves her.
Conall McDermott knows all about following your dreams. He left medicine to pursue his love of running and turned that passion into a nationwide retail business. When his local trail leads him to a beautiful American woman trapped in a bog, Conall rescues her and is smitten. She wants to learn about Donegal tweed, and since his family owns the local woolen mill, he happily introduces her to the local weavers, culture, and community.
When the opportunity of a lifetime arises sooner than expected, can Rachel ignore the powerful attraction she and Conall share, or will she let him—and Ireland—weave their magic around her heart?
Titles in the Love Always, Ireland series include — Kiss Me Under the Irish Sky —♥— Love Me Beneath the Irish Moon —♥—
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Kiss Me Under the Irish Sky
Series: Love Always, Ireland #1
Author: Karen Foley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 14, 2023
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5
Kiss Me Under the Irish Sky begins the Love Always, Ireland series with a romance that has all the emotions you’d ever want to encounter… plus the imagery of the beauty of Ireland in your mind throughout the story. If this one doesn’t make you want to visit the Emerald Isles, then I don’t know what would.
Rachel is visiting Ireland to begin an internship at a local weaving mill, the same one her late father studied at. She will eventually follow in her family’s footsteps and begin working in their textile business, but right now, this opportunity to study weaving simply cannot be passed up for educational and personal reasons. If you want to mention luck well then Rachel has experienced both sides of that particular coin on her first day. Bad luck in falling into a bog. Good luck in having Conall find and rescue her… and introducing her, not only to his family but to the beauty of his community. And perhaps fate has brought two people together this day… but there will be choices to be made before the love that is growing between them can lead to a forever kind of future.
I had such an emotional and visual experience with Rachel and Conall’s story. Their growing attraction, combined with the vivid descriptions of the places Rachel was seeing for the first time, made this a story that I devoured in one sitting. It’s obvious that Conall’s family is a bit protective of him, given the gentle warnings that Rachel was given. And a surprise visit by her cousin rings some alarm bells. I enjoyed watching this romance play out as Rachel and Conall grow closer, and as decisions for the future must be made. I’m not going to give away details, just know that you’re in for a love story to warm your heart and a visual experience that will have you longing for a visit to Ireland in the near future.
I enjoyed this story very much and will soon be able to continue the series when the next book releases in May of 2023.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent.*
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