Published by Amazon on September 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Liberty Rose - world famous television reporter, best-selling novelist and philanthropist returns to the west of Ireland, the place where she grew up, for the wedding of her daughter. To the outside world it appears she has it all - international career, good looks, wealth, two children and a happy marriage. However, all is not as it seems and her success has come at a price. Now the emotional upheaval of her daughterÔÇÖs wedding throws a harsh spotlight on her own marriage and unavoidable truths must be faced. But matters are complicated by the presence of the only other man she has ever loved. A man she hasnÔÇÖt seen in twenty-eight years and with whom she still shares a raw chemistry. He makes it clear he wants to deal with their ÔÇ£unfinished businessÔÇØ but is getting tangled up with her past any good for her future?
This novella, set in Ireland, takes place at the wedding of children of ex-lovers.┬á You can taste the pain and angst that 28 years have not erased between Saoirse and Con.┬á There is a tension, palpable to all who care to case eyes upon these two.┬á But, lest you forget, they have all been brought together for a marriage that was not meant for the previous generation.┬á You hope that all the mistakes of the parents can be set right in this young love.
Black leaves us wondering if one night can provide enough closure to rectify what went wrong so many years ago.┬á I truly appreciate her realism in how the situations are played out ÔÇô how you can experience different types of love and how you can love more than one person at the same time.┬á Can these two couples live with the ghosts who have cast shadows all these years?┬á Con appears to be resigned to his lot; sadness and loneliness a constant companion.┬á Maybe he chooses to experience happiness and love through his now-married son.┬á As for SaoirseÔÇªcan she love the man she chose and let go of the man who let her go so many years ago?
As an American, I was kind of lost at the onset of the story with the many references to Irish names, culture and location.┬á I would love to get a phonetic spelling/pronunciation of these names so as I ruminate over this story in my head, I at least know IÔÇÖm not butchering the names (which I am undoubtedly doing right now!).
I find that I am left wanting so much more.┬á Maybe we are only intended a quick glimpse into the tortured loves of these couples.┬á I want to know why Maura doesnÔÇÖt want to be touched.┬á Why did Con choose her?┬á Were Saorise and Dan ever truly happy?┬á Please, pretty please, RoisinÔÇªtell us more.┬á Finish their stories.
~ Review by Loredana