First of all, a huge thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC. I loved The Irish Lake House. 5/5 stars! Here's why...
In The Irish Lake House, Colleen Coleman crafts a tapestry of emotion and discovery that envelops the reader in the verdant charm of Ireland’s west coast. The novel follows Daisy Clarke on her heartfelt journey to unravel her mother’s elusive past—a past interwoven with the enchanting village of Innisfree and the lake house that Daisy never knew was part of her heritage.
Coleman's storytelling prowess shines as she explores themes of new beginnings and self-discovery. Daisy, with a postcard clutched in hand, serves as a beacon for anyone seeking a fresh start, embodying the courage it takes to chase the whispers of a long-lost family history. The prose is replete with evocative descriptions of Ireland’s alluring landscape—a place where one can almost feel the mist upon their skin and the warmth of the village's quaint cobblestone streets.
The chemistry between Daisy and James, the affable lawyer who becomes a cornerstone in her quest, is electric. James is more than just a romantic interest; he is a partner in piecing together the puzzle of Daisy’s lineage. Their dynamic encapsulates the intoxicating blend of romance and companionship, coupled with a humor that warms like the Irish sun.
But it’s not just the blossoming love story that captivates. Coleman delivers a potent narrative punch as Daisy uncovers the poignant truths about her inheritance and her family’s history. The revelations are handled with a deft touch, striking the perfect balance between heartache and hope. As Daisy’s understanding of her mother’s choices unfolds, readers are reminded that the legacy of family is often more complex and more beautiful than one could imagine.
Supporting characters are given just as much care and dimension. They flit in and out of Daisy's story, each leaving a meaningful mark, much like the vivid strokes of an impressionist painting. There is a sense of community within the pages that feels as comforting as a warm, knitted throw on a chilly evening.
The novel is a love letter to Ireland and an ode to the strength found in exploring one’s roots. The Irish Lake House is more than just a feel-good romance—it is a journey of the soul that resonates with the power of homecomings and the sweet serendipity of finding love when and where one least expects it.
This book promises an enchanting escape, yet it stands out with its own distinct melody, much like a traditional Irish ballad that lingers with you long after the last note has been played. Colleen Coleman has woven a story as intricate and surprising as the Irish lace that perhaps once adorned the windows of the very lake house at the center of this tale—a story that indeed deserves all the stars in the universe for its pint-sized perfection.
More About The Irish Lake House
Clutching the faded postcard tightly in her hand, Daisy looks around the sun-soaked Irish village. So this is the place her mother ran away from all those years ago… What secrets did she leave hidden here for Daisy to find?
Daisy Clarke is searching for a new beginning. So when she inherits a lake house on the stunning west coast of Ireland that was mysteriously left to her late mother Rose, she wonders if this could be the fresh start she’s been looking for.
Daisy has never visited the tiny village of Innisfree, with its rolling green hills and cobbled streets, but she remembers how her mother’s eyes would fill with tears whenever it was mentioned.Because when she was pregnant, Rose ran away from this magical place in the middle of the night with a heart-breaking secret she never shared…
Arriving in Ireland, Daisy meets James, the handsome lawyer handling her inheritance. With his warm Irish charm, gorgeous sense of humour, and sparkling sapphire blue eyes, he soon makes her heart flip whenever she sees him. And when he offers to renovate the lake house and help her uncover her family history, Daisy begins to wonder if she can open her heart once more.
But when Daisy discovers the shocking truth behind her inheritance and her true family, it changes everything… When the dust settles, will she be able to build a future with James? Or will the secrets of her mother’s past destroy her hopes of a future in the beautiful Irish village she has grown to love?
An absolutely gorgeous, uplifting and heart-warming romance about new beginnings, second chances and finding love. Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber, Cate Woods and Susanne O’Leary.
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About Colleen Coleman
Colleen Coleman is an Irish-Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words The End. As a result, her first novel was born. Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very, very chatty twin daughters.
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