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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls by Jen Gilroy - REVIEW

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Ever feel like life just gets away from you sometimes?  Almost like it's one big roller coaster that is going down that first MEGA hill and you simply never reach that dip that turns into twists and spirals and the whole lot of other speed reducing motions?  Yeah...totally on that ride right now.  Between the anniversary of Hurricane Michael (yesterday), the big move back home (earlier this week), work preparing to reopen (next week), things are moving at something MUCH GREATER than a snail's pace.  *sigh*  Such is life sometimes, it gets away from you whether you're holding tightly to the reigns are just trying to enjoy the ride...something our leading lady (and gent) know all too well in today's book of choice...

Soul Mate Publishing

About the book...
Sometimes happily ever after is only a wish away . . .

There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town . . . except Annie Quinn.

Single mom Annie has spent years rebuilding her life and trying not to have regrets. After giving up her dream of music stardom, she returned to her Adirondack hometown—and convinced herself she’s content with a simpler life.

The last thing she needs is a man to remind her of the heartbreak she left behind.

A divorced dad, Seth Taggart used to be a successful LA songwriter. But now his reputation is in tatters, he’s burnt-out, and estranged from his adult son. Inheriting a small-town radio station just might be the do-over he needs.

Although he always planned to go back to LA, when working with Annie turns into sharing music and more, Seth realizes second chances—and home—are where he least expects.


Something I've always liked about this author's writing is her ability to pen a story that draws you in from the start, encircling you with small town charm.  They invite you in for a spell while they work their magic, and though the stories are more life than fantasy driven, it doesn't mean that the characters wishes can't come true.  Take today's story...

From the moment I cracked the cover, I already felt like I had known Annie and her sister for years.  You could feel their connection, their familiarity with the town and the people that call it home, making you a part of that community in an instant.  When the tall, dark, and handsome stranger strides in, you can feel your own heart race for a moment, while understanding that his real purpose there was for something more than the "zing" reaction caused...yet you're content in the knowledge that though semi-tabled, it is a topic of conversation that will be pursued (*giggle*).  As things progress and the potential for changes builds, you can't help but wonder what the future will bring for them all, and yet you're still so consumed with the present, you simply can't let it go.  

In the end, I adored the charming setting of Irish Falls, and the magic that this little town holds not only in natural beauty, but the beating hearts within its boundaries.  There is much to learn regarding second chances, following dreams, and letting others into your heart, and many of those lessons can be carried right off the page into the real world...but then again, why hurry back?  😉


About the author...

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Photo by Sue Phelps Photography

Jen Gilroy
lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers' hearts home.

Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.


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Special thanks to author Jen Gilroy for the ecopy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or her other published works, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its book birthday October 9th, 2019 via Soul Mate Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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