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The Parting Glass [Kindle Edition]

Emilie Richards
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Book Description

USA TODAY bestselling author Emilie Richards continues the journey begun in her beloved novel Whiskey Island with this unforgettable tale of star-crossed lovers, murder and three sisters who discover a hidden legacy that will lead them home at last to Ireland.

Megan, who is feeling hopelessly unprepared in her new marriage, has no idea how to fix the problems already facing her relationship. Casey, who is happily married to her high school sweetheart, is facing a new challenge: motherhood. And Peggy, who always dreamed of becoming a doctor, has put medical school on hold with the discovery that her young son is autistic.

Each facing her own difficulties, the Donaghue sisters are brought to the remote Irish village of Shanmullin by Irene Tierney, a distant relative who hopes that they will be able to help her learn the truth about her father's death in Cleveland more than seventy-five years ago. As a stunning tale of secrets and self-sacrifice, greed and hidden passions unfolds, the life of each sister will be changed forever.

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Whiskey Island (2000) introduced a large Irish-American family, including the three Donaghue sisters who share ownership of the historic Whiskey Island Saloon in Cleveland overlooking Lake Erie. In this sequel, Megan, the eldest, runs the business and is about to tie the knot with Nick, an ex-priest who works with troubled adolescents; Casey, newly married, is happily pregnant; and Peggy, the youngest, is a single mother who has interrupted her medical studies to care for infant son Kieran, recently diagnosed as autistic. During Megan's gala wedding reception at the saloon, a tornado strikes and the guests are trapped. Luckily, Megan's father remembers the secret tunnel constructed during Prohibition (to accommodate bootleggers) through which the guests crawl to safety. The narrative shifts to a tiny village in Ireland where Peggy has been invited to stay with elderly cousin Irene. Irene's remote cottage is ideal for the rigorous therapy Peggy plans for Kieran, and Irene hopes that the Donaghue sisters may help her solve the mystery of her father's death-he had emigrated to Cleveland. Meanwhile, Peggy is grudgingly attracted to handsome but dour Finn O'Malley, formerly the village physician, who gave up his practice after a tragic accident decimated his family. In Cleveland, restoration of the saloon is in progress but Megan's unhappiness in her new marriage drives her to join Peggy in Ireland. When Casey also arrives, Irene and the three sisters fit the puzzling pieces of their lineage together. A bit of Irish humor might have made this melodramatic tale an easier read, but Richards's heartfelt paeans to love and loyalty sweeten the mix.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Richards's writing is unpretentious and effective, and her characters burst with vitality and authenticity...."

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  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (September 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009037HKE
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves SIX stars! July 23, 2003
In this incredible follow up to Whiskey Island, Emilie Richards pulls the reader in from the first page.
Beginning in Whiskey Island, Megan and Niccolo are about to be wed, while Peggy is planning on taking her autistic two year old son, Kieran, to Ireland to act as a companion to elderly relative Irene Tierney.
Peggy soon arrives in Ireland to find that while she had high hopes for finding a magic 'cure' for Kieran's autism, she has to fight her discouragement as the work she tries to do with him has little results. While honestly believing that all Kieran needs is her full attention, Peggy soon comes to realize that her son will never be like a normal boy his age and all she can hope for is his happiness. Soon she meets Finn O'Malley who facsinates her, yet makes her ache. Dealing with his own tragedy, Finn has given up his love for medicine and only takes care of his eleven year old daughter in the most fundamental way.
Back in Whiskey Island, Megan and Nick are learning that it takes more to make a marriage work than love. Trying to repair the saloon that was destroyed in a tornado during their wedding reception, Nick is constantly busy with the rentovations or trying to find funding for Brick. Megan on the other hand has too much time on her hand and soon realizes that her and Nick aren't on the same page. With her marriage in shambles so soon after the ceremony, Megan flees to Ireland and falls in love with Irene as quickly as Peggy did. She soon realizes that she left her heart with Nick.
The Parting Glass was an intensely emotional book about family. Richards also takes the reader back to the 1920's where we learn about Liam Tierney and Glen Donaghue. This book at times brought tears to my eyes and laughter into my heart. I couldn't put it down and read it in a day. Don't miss this book!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning follow-up to Whiskey Island June 27, 2003
Emilie Richards has followed up her impressive work, WHISKEY ISLAND, with another story about the irresistible Donaghue sisters. In this one, youngest sister Peggy is featured, but we see plenty of sisters Megan and Casey as well Combining historical and contemporary elements (present day Cleveland and County Mayo Ireland, with a story about the Donaghue ancestors in Cleveland in the 1920s) this book has something for everyone.
As the story opens Megan is dressing for her wedding to ex-priest Niccolo Andreani. They are in for a surprise though as at the reception, held in the family business, The Whiskey Island Saloon, a fierce storm is brewing without their knowledge -- a tornado traps the revelers in the saloon with, it seems, no way out. But the sisters' father, Rooney, remembers passageway beneath the saloon - a tunnel used by bootleggers in the 1920s. Tragedy is averted but what is the strange image Niccolo sees on the tunnel wall?
Meanwhile, Peggy has left her medical school studies to care for her young son Kieran who has been diagnosed as being autistic. So she is off to Ireland to meet an elderly cousin, Irene, who contacted them via the internet looking for information on her father, Liam Tierney, who had disappeared in Cleveland in the 1920s. While there Peggy meets Finn O'Malley who has abandoned his medical practice after a tragic accident took the lives of his wife and young sons two years previous, leaving him barely able to care for his surviving child, an 11-year-old daughter, Bridie, let alone care for patients. Peggy however has found friends in not only Irene, but in young Bridie who is so good with young Kieran.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Calagon-type book ~~ it takes you away! July 23, 2004
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I am a devoted Emilie Richards fan ~~ I have read almost all of her books and I totally loved Whiskey Island ~~ it's in my home state and I love books that is set in Ohio since I know the general area. I just love Richards' books since she delves into her characters' lives and she brings her readers along with her into a journey that travels back and forth in time between two different generations of people, especially women. This book is no exception. In fact, it's better than Whiskey Island in some ways ~~ the sisters are more mature and dealing with more mature issues than being single and wondering if they'll ever fall in love.

Each of the sisters are set on their paths that they have chosen in life. Casey, who is not written about very much in this novel, is pregnant and happily married to Jon, her friend from high school. The novel centers mostly on Megan and Peggy. Megan and Niccolo are married but dealing with a shattered saloon that a tornado has torn apart, the growing lack of communication between the two of them and with Megan's restlessness as she is temporarily out of work. Peggy takes her son, Kieran, to Ireland after putting medical school on hold since he has autism and Peggy decided to devote time to helping Kieran learn the basic skills. She also went to be her cousin's companion. Irene, a lovely Irish spinster, is seeking answers to her father's death eighty years before. The sisters all help with the research and along the way, found answers to their own questions and problems as well as discovering the great secret that Irene's father has been holding all those years.

This is a great escape-novel. If you're overwhelmed with life and life's demands, this is the perfect book to sink yourself into for a few days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the dearest I have read.
Emilie writes with such heart. Her characters take over your life at times. You may have a sense of how things will end up, but them she weaves you into a much more beautiful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albert Oakes
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful mingling of a historical and modern story
As usual Emilie Richards layers two story lines, set almost a century sprat, artfully together. Wonderful characters ... And a wonderful story
Published 1 month ago by TheDailyFrugal
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible read
Emilie Richards is an incredible author. I love the way she sets her books in different backgrounds and places. I always feel like I'm "there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was a great follow-up to the story of Whiskey Island. I wish there was more to this story. I always enjoy Emilie's books.
Published 3 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story.
Loved this book. Made me so sad for the Irish and how rough they had it when the first came to Anerica. Beautifully written and great storyline.
Published 3 months ago by Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 3 months ago by martin luber
4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
I read both these books i really enjoyed both books I hope you write more books to go along with this series.
Published 6 months ago by stacey rees
5.0 out of 5 stars superb!
This story was a great depiction of an Irish family. I loved the imagery of the landscape and personalities of those back in the day of prohibition! No dislikes just awesome!
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Smythers
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to Whiskey Island
Fell in love with the characters in Whiskey Island and was excited to follow their lives in The Parting Glass. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon L. Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars RIchards is a strong writer.
This is the second book which continues the story of an Irish immigrant family in America. RIchards writes a lively story with very strong characters that are easy to emphasize... Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. BERTRAM
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