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Blessed Are the Cheesemakersby Sara Kate Lynch
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Joseph Corrigan and Joseph Feehan, better known as Corrie and Fee, make the finest Coolarney Blue cheese in the entire civilized world. But Corrie still pines for his long-lost granddaughter, whisked away from her Ireland home as a child by her gallivanting mother. At this very moment, in a primitive hut on a remote South Seas island, his twenty-nine-year-old granddaughter Abbey is getting ready to leave her irrigation-obsessed husband after discovering that he has gone biblical with several of the natives.
A continent away, Kit Stephens is struggling with the loss of his wife and his career as a high-flying Wall Street broker. What this lonely, hungover, and burned-out New Yorker needs is a miracle-fast. Where better to find one than in a distant corner of Ireland, on a dairy farm run by the unlikeliest pair ever to preside over a vat of unpasteurized curd?
As Abbey and Kit converge on Coolarney House in County Cork, they discover a marvelous kingdom where something wonderful is always fermenting?where pregnant, vegetarian dairymaids milk cows to "The Sound of Music"?and where a cat named Jesus realizes she just isn't cut out for motherhood. While Corrie and Fee zealously guard the secret of the renowned Coolarney Blue and shelter an odd collection of whisky-soaked men and brokenhearted women, a tantalizing mystery surfaces from the aromatic depths of the factory. Soon Abbey and Kit will find out whether they have what it takes to become master cheesemakers. And something more. For in this magical place where wounds miraculously heal, falling in love is what makes us come truly alive.
A book to delight your heart, taste buds, and funny bone, Blessed Are the Cheesemakers is an irresistible tale about taking life's spilled milk and turning it into the best cheese in the world.
"This high-spirited, heartwarming novel is as mouth-watering and irresistible a treat as its famed Coolarney Blue. Blessed, indeed, are the lucky readers of Blessed Are the Cheesemakers ." Mameve Medwed, author of Mail and Host Family
"The pace of this heartwarming novel is brisk, and the background detail so colorful that the reader will henceforth eat cheese with a new appreciation for its magical properties." Publishers Weekly
"Lost souls arrive and stay, make cheese, make love, and it's all funny, sexy, and surprising." AudioFile
"This sensuous and celebratory first novel is luscious in every way imaginable, a book to dip into eagerly and consume with much gusto." Debi Lewis, Booklist
Peopled by the most singular and enchanting characters one is ever likely to meet, this captivating novel transports us to a place where love lurks in unexpected places and life holds the most delectable surprises...
Set on a small Irish dairy farm, this tender and funny debut novel follows two lost souls as they try to carve out new lives amid a colorful cast of characters reminiscent of those in the hit film Waking Ned Divine. Abby has been estranged from the family farm since her rebellious mother ran off with her when she was a small child. Kit is a burned out New York stockbroker who's down on his luck. But that's all about to change, now that he and Abby have converged on the farm just in time to help Corrie and Fee, two old cheesemakers in a time of need. Full of delightful and quirky characters--from dairy cows who only give their best product to pregnant, vegetarian teens to an odd collection of whiskey-soaked men and broken-hearted women who find refuge under Corrie and Fee's roof--BLESSED ARE THE CHEESEMAKERS is an irresistible tale about taking life's spilled milk and turning it into the best cheese in the world.
About the Author
Sarah-Kate Lynch has been a journalist for nearly 20 years and this book, her American fiction debut, marks the arrival of an engaging new voice that is sure to resonate with readers everywhere.
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