Today I’m sharing my thoughts and the chance to win a copy of one of Lisa T. Bergren’s “Once Upon a Summer” novels right here on the blog! Her upcoming novel, Once Upon an Irish Summer, is releasing in July. Like each novel in this series, it reads as a standalone.
Check out the book, then stick around to easily enter the giveaway!
You Can’t Embrace Your Future Until You Deal With Your Past…
Fiona Burke has long been obsessed with Ireland’s famed, sixteenth-century pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. Now that she’s on the final stretch of earning her PhD in history, all she needs to do is finish her dissertation—with Grace O’Malley as her subject—then return home to Boston to defend it. Once that’s done she can compete for a highly coveted history professor position.
Fiona arrives in western Ireland aiming to interview the locals and find additional folklore to flesh out her work. But when she encounters Grace’s distant relative—the handsome, commanding Rory O’Malley—she gets seriously distracted. Rory shares her passion for history and Ireland, and cares for his grandfather and great-uncle in a winsome way. Unfortunately he also carries wounds beyond his injured leg…wounds that threaten to dismantle every little bit of a relationship that he and Fiona begin to build.
As a famed TV host becomes intrigued with Fiona—as well as convinced she should do guest appearances on his show—Rory starts to figure out that he might be as interested in his own personal romantic future as he is in Ireland’s epic past. But can he take the steps toward the healing he needs before it’s too late? It all remains to be seen…Once Upon an Irish Summer.
Once Upon an Irish Summer is a sweet romance with a picturesque, immersive setting! Let’s just say Ireland has moved even higher up my must-travel list.
I really appreciate the depiction of Ireland and its true-life history in this story, as well as the inclusion of real historical sites and locations. I felt like I was uncovering history’s secrets alongside Fiona and Rory. I admit to googling more than one castle and location mentioned!
Along with the adventures and mishaps Fiona finds herself in, her tentative friendship with Rory grows and deepens. I enjoyed their camaraderie, and the way they compliment and contrast one another in personality and humor. Their friendship beautifully crisscrosses the themes of healing, trust, and possibility.
Besides the FUN and spot-on Irish accents Lisa T. Bergren writes in this story, she manages to depict a steady and attractive hero. My favorite part is seeing how Rory works through some of his obstacles with wisdom from his grandfather and encouragement from Fiona. I also appreciate the straightforward way he handles the shift in their relationship from friends-to-romance.
Thank you to Relz Author Support Services for the review copy. This is my honest review.
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Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books in a variety of genres, that have sold over three million copies combined. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and three big kids. You can find out more about her at LisaTawnBergren.com.
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Lisa T. Bergren has graciously provided one (1) copy of any novel from her “Once Upon a Summer” series, winner’s choice, in this giveaway! Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter.
Giveaway ends 7/10/20, 12am CT.