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A Piece of My Heart (Irish Pride) Paperback – January 8, 2010
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As they work to save his family’s Fairhill Farm, complications arise for both of them. Kate is accused of murder, and city woman claims Mick is the father of her child. Kate feels he’d be better off without her, but Mick likes how his life flip-flopped with her back by his side. Will they overcome the accusations ruining their lives?
I loved reading this tender romance and enjoyed making Gaelic steak and chips, recipes at the end of A PIECE OF MY HEART!
There is a constant sexual tension between Kate and Mick and they each want to be with the other. Neither of them know how to approach one another, so they just stay at a distance. they have been in love with each other for all these years, including these ten years that they have been estranged. The reader is intrigued by why they've been estranged for so long when they are so obviously in love. So it makes it difficult to put the book down.
We get to meet up with Kieran and Eilis from Rhythm of My Heart and catch up with them as they help Mick in a sticky predicament.
Add to the mix an adorable border collie named Molly and you have a novel that you will fall in love with.
This is one of those books to be read over and over again and is a beautiful addition to anyone's library.
The novel begins with a great hook that introduces us to the major conflict between Kate and Mick, the central characters. Add the lovely Connemara setting, a shady character who provides some truly suspenseful moments, Molly the Border Collie (I dare you to *not* fall in love with her!), elements of family history, a tart with a wicked Dublin accent, some ancient Irish magic and you get a very satisfying, well-paced romantic story.
When I sit down with a romance, I'm always curious about how the author will write the love scenes. Ms. Shortland didn't disappoint me in this arena, either. I've got to say that A Piece of My Heart contains perhaps the sweetest love scene I've ever read. There's a lovely balance between the physical intimacy and all of the emotions swirling around it. So many authors come close to achieving that balance, but fall short. Ms. Shortland gets it right. I'm sure I'll turn to those pages again and again when I need a bit of that sweetness in my day.
I look forward Mick and Kate's follow-up story, to see what Ms. Shortland has in store for them.
A very original love story with a strong woman's lead that played off in the country side of Ireland. The plot was filled with intrigue and twists to keep you guessing at the outcome of this story.
Kate's character struggled to move on with her love life because her heart still belonged to only one man; a man who left her to further his studies and follow a career in the city away from the farms where they grew-up together. When Michael finally came back after ten years, old scars were opened and she had to face new challenges once again because of him.
Their reunion was explosive as they tried to figure out the new direction their lives were about to take. She was steadfast, dependable and a real fighter for the things she deeply loved, and I really could admire her.
Mick/ Michael's character was different than most romance characters; this guy was clueless on so many levels. Isolating himself from his parents during a time when they needed him most, and believing a lie that kept him away from Kate for to long. This all made him hard to like in the beginning but as time went by - believing that he would finally, somewhere get his life on track- you could really like him as the hero of the book. Finally having some backbone.
When their old nemesis returned to their part of the world it was as if history were rewritten itself again, without them knowing about it. This led to Mick returning to the city; leaving Kate to take care of a farm and a dog called Molly, while pursuing her own career. I couldn't believe the nerve of this man, just leaving everything behind so that she had to fight for herself. In the city he messed up constantly, again being led by his nose, which almost cost him something precious.
Mistakes, misunderstandings and disappointments kept these two apart until you thought this wasn't a love story but a tragedy, and just when you thought it had ended; new life was blown into Mick's life with the help of his friend Eilis. The wisdom of a woman cannot be underestimated. *smile*
Each character played their roles incredible believable, which drew you into this complicated story till the very end. From the seductress to the abuser/ murderer you were absorbed in the pages as it unfolded, bringing you to a wonderful finale at the end.
Molly's character was the most touching of all of them; she carried her courage and bravery like a milestone as she did her work guarding the sheep at Mick's place. Facing with death, her tenacity stood out and you couldn't help but to fall in love with this sheepdog.