Synopses & Reviews
Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern, four lovely children, and such wonderful dreams. But all that changes one fateful summer when American millionaire Patrick ONeill comes to town with his irresistible charm and money to burn. As love and hate vie for a towns quiet heart, old traditions begin to crumble away.
Patrick ONeill means to build the grand hotel of his dreams, with its promise of wealth and change, but loyalties are challenged, jealousies are ignited, and tragedy strikes before the foundation is even laid. Suddenly the Ryans lives are bound up with the newcomer in ways they could never have imagined. And Patrick ONeill faces his own crisis of conscience and heart as the events he sets in motion take on a life of their own in a town that will never be the same again.
It was a summer of warmth.... Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern... lovely twelve-year-old twins... and such wonderful dreams.... It was a summer of innocence... but all that is about to change this fateful summer of 1962 when American millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town with his irresistible charm and a pocketful of money... when love and hate vie for a town's quiet heart and old traditions begin to crumble away.... It was a summer of love that would never come again.... A time that has been captured forever in Maeve Binchy's compelling family drama... a novel you will never forget.
About the Author
Maeve Binchy is the bestselling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, The Lilac Bus, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, Light a Penny Candle, and London Transports. She has written two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival. A writer for The Irish Times since 1969, she lives with her husband, writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell, in London and Dublin.