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The Matchmaker of Kenmare: A Novelby Frank Delaney
Synopses & Reviews
And there's a legend--she had only vague details--that all couples who are meant to marry are connected by an invisible silver cord which is wrapped around their ankles atbirth, and in time the matchmaking gods pull those cords tighter and tighter and draw the couple slowly toward one another until they meet. So says Miss Kate Begley, Matchmaker of Kenmare, the enigmatic womanBen MacCarthy meets in the summer of 1943.
As World War II rages on, Ben remains haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collectingstories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the aforementioned Matchmaker of Kenmare.
Ben is immediately captivated by the forthright Miss Begley, who isremarkably self-assured in her instincts but provincial in her experience. Miss Begley is determined to see that Ben moves through his grief--and a powerful friendship is forged along the way.
But when Charles Miller, a striking American military intelligence officer, arrives on the scene, Miss Begley develops an intense infatuation and looks to make a match for herself. Miller needs a favor, but itwill be dangerous. Under the cover of their neutrality as Irish citizens, Miss Begley and Ben travel to London and effectively operate as spies. As they are drawn more deeply and painfully into the conflict, both discoverthe perils of neutrality--in both love and war.
Steeped in colorful history, The Matchmaker of Kenmare is a stirring story of friendship and sacrifice. New York Timesbestselling author Frank Delaney has written a lush and surprising novel, rich as myth, tense as a thriller, and like all grand tales--harrowing, sometimes hilarious, andheartbreaking.
From the Hardcover edition.
Forging a powerful friendship with the enigmatic Miss Begley at the height of World War II, Ben McCarthy slowly recovers from the loss of his wife and supports Miss Begley's romance with a high-ranking U.S. officer who tests her love by sending her on a dangerous mission in enemy territory. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
\Frank Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Ireland, as well as Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show, Tipperary, Shannon, and Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, Delaney enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. Born in Tipperary, Ireland, he now lives in New York City and Connecticut.
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