The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth (The Irish Heart Series, #1)

The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth (The Irish Heart Series, #1)

by Juliet Gauvin

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Overview

A story about losing your way and finding your life. Book 1 of 3.

Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, but when she loses her great-aunt Mags, the woman who raised her, she boards a plane and leaves it all behind.

The Irish shores welcome her as she learns a shocking truth, kept secret for thirty-five years. Devastated and now alone in the world, Beth tries to find peace in a beautiful cottage by Lough Rhiannon, but peace isn’t what fate had in mind. Almost as soon as she arrives, Beth’s solitary retreat into the magic wilds of Ireland is interrupted by Connor Bannon. A man with light brown hair, ice blue eyes and a secret of his own. He’s gorgeous, grieving, and completely unexpected.

With the help of Mags’ letters, the colorful townspeople of Dingle, and Connor, Elizabeth might just find a way back to the girl she lost long ago and become the woman she always wanted to be.


A Note From Jules:
Be forewarned you might not want to start this book late at night—several readers have reported “gobbling it up” and going on to the next book immediately. This book is literary women’s fiction, it is not a traditional romance, per se. 

“If you enjoy Nora Roberts, you’ll like Juliet Gauvin. The Irish Cottage is a fresh take on women’s literary fiction, sometimes light and scrumptious and other times quite profound in its observations on life, love and loss.” -Amazon Review

“A book that conveys the true feelings of Ireland when you visit…it’s a bit of a romance, history, travel, and mystery neatly tied into a book well worth reading.” -Amazon Review

“I started this book and couldn't put it down. It brought me to Ireland and I never wanted to leave.” -Amazon Review 

The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth is an international women’s literary fiction romance novel with three books in the novel series. Other themes include: romance literary fiction, women’s sagas, love stories, and second chances at life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152723632
Publisher: Juliet Gauvin
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Series: Irish Heart Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,794
File size: 466 KB

About the Author

Jules is originally from California. She is a true, hopeless, all-in romantic. Her first kiss was with a Frenchman in Paris, her first love was an Eagle Scout, her first crash and burn was with someone from Harvard (Jules studied history at Yale--she should have known better).

TITLES AVAILABLE NOW: 

The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth (The Irish Heart Series, Book 1)
The London Flat: Second Chances (The Irish Heart Series, Book 2)
The Paris Apartment: Fated Journey (The Irish Heart Series, Book 3) 


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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q: How did you come up with The Irish Cottage?
Jules: Well the story came together in pieces. I love Ireland, I've always been attracted to the country, the people, the music, the dancing. I've spent time traveling the country so I knew I wanted to set the book there. And then the character of Elizabeth was based on a lot of the experiences I had when I was in law in San Francisco. When I was immersed in that world--it was a very dark time, and I really did lose my way--like Elizabeth. I even let long-time relationships die because I was in such a dark place, it was difficult to see anything past my own nose. So yeah, I knew I wanted my heroine to be a "recovering attorney" and I knew that I wanted her to have this great love affair in Ireland that would open her up to the truly great possibilities life has to offer.


Q: Why did you elect to write literary women's fiction as opposed to traditional contemporary romance?
Jules: I knew I wanted to write in the literary women's fiction space because writing a story where the heroine's evolution is paramount--not just her relationship with Connor--is what really gets me, drives me--I love those types of stories. I like writing herstory--women's lives and journeys are so complex--I wanted to write a series that included a great love story, but didn't sacrifice the heroine's journey in any way. It's about Elizabeth finding her way--we all need to find our way. Sometimes people help with that, but ultimately each of us has to find our own path...and we all need love too.
 

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The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth (The Irish Heart Series, #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 315 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The allure of this book was the story of Elizabeth rediscovering wh she is while in Ireland by means of Mag's letters. It sounded really cool, especially because of my affinity for Irish culture. However, i felt that this book focused more on Elizabeth's relationship with Connor. I wouldnt have minded it so much if their romance was nit described so graphically. Personally, I believe that the "dirty details" removed the romance. And there were several cliches that i found unbearable. Elizabeth was developed as a character with minimal faults and many unrealistic characteristics, making her character unrelateable. If only the whole book was like the last two chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book and story line was excellent until the sexual encounters became decadent! I would have enjoyed the rest, with a different ending and much less explanation during the bed scenes. Also less on the scenery and a stick to the original story. I will not follow up on this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great free book. Over 200 pages. Enjoyed the story. Hated when it ended, i wanted more. But at $5.99 and $6.99 i cant afford the next 2 books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I read it all today. I was hooked about 20 pages in. As soon as I finish this review I am purchasing the London Flat book, though I'll wait to start it (ha, I should get something done around here!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very refreshing, engaging... and can be quite personally rewarding, if you're willing to look in the mirror that Mags hands to each of us. The rest of the series is unavoidable ~ I must have it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished the book and felt it was well written with well developed characters. Will be reading the second and third but feel wronged when authors do this to sell more books...I would read more from this author even if it wasn't written in this series. Please be more straight-forward by writing a complete novel next time. You are good enough for us to follow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this book. It was unusual had something different going for it in the letters . The characters were fun & not always predictable. The unpredictability was a very nicechange of pace for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book, interesting characters and not totally predictable plot. My only minor complaint is with the editing. Spelling and syntax errors do bug and cause a bump in my involvement in the story, but maybe that's just me. Didn't keep me from getting and enjoying the other two books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much, as soon as I finished it, I immediately bought the sequel. Looking forward to reading it and the third book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this so much, I have to read the rest. Loved Connor and Elizabeth and the setting. Can't wait to read about Lonndon and Paris.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate books that have no ending and you have to buy the next book to find out the rest of the story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really well written story. It kept me interested to the end,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well writen and so hot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not usually write reviews or buy sequels but am making an exception in this case, Loved the characters and plot, And who can resist a book set in Ireland, Hope to go back there some day, Thank you for transporting me into your story,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so disappointing!! The story line was nothing but bars and sex!! I would NEVER recommend this book and if the other 2 are as bad well more time and money wasted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't need the sex parts...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was good, but focused too much on explicit sex, rather than romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great storyline but too short! I really liked the way it was written from Beth's perspective but you always knew what Connor was thinking. I can't wait to read the next installment.
Natli_VanDerWerken More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Jules, for taking me back to Ireland. What an intriguing story. The plotting is excellent, you have the dialogue down pat and very well-drawn characters. I plan on getting the other books to find out what happens to Beth. Good job!
Natli_VanDerWerken More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Jules, for taking me back to Ireland. What an intriguing story. The plotting is excellent, you have the dialogue down pat and very well-drawn characters. I plan on getting the other books to find out what happens to Beth. Good job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about theses books I only wish there was more lol it was a wonderful journey that will stay with me always looking forward to more books and maybe a novella of Conner and Beth's journey hint lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful trilogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This tale of rediscovering oneself is very intriguing, especially when you consider the entangled love story. I look forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and good story line.. read all three books. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because the people were interesting and colorful. The landscapd of Ireland was well described