Review: The Irish Lover (Glenncailty Castle #1.5) by Lila Dubois

Book Blurb

Growing up in America, Mary Callahan knew very little about her parents, who were killed when she was a baby. Returning to her native Ireland, she hopes to discover more about them...and herself.

Michael Baker is home from Dublin for the weekend when he sees a gorgeous American peeking in the pub door. Something about her calls to him. They don’t realize that it may be more than chance that brings them together, and when instant attraction leads to a night of searing passion they will both have to confront their sudden and powerful feelings for one another.

A nighttime excursion brings them face to face with lovers whose tragic fate has kept them bound to Glenncailty as ghosts. Michael knows the danger the past poses, but cannot protect her from things that happened long ago. Mary must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart for a chance at love and a place to call home.


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

In this Glenncailty Castle short story, Mary Callahan grew up in Chicago with her grandparents. Her parents died in the violence in Belfast when she was two. Her grandparents moved with her to the United States.

Now Mary is back in Ireland to learn more about her parents and the land where she was born. She isn’t sure what to expect but not the open arms homecoming she gets. The people in the small town of Cailtytown remember her grandparents and her parents. They still claim her as their own.

Michael Baker is drawn to her immediately. He learns who she is first and introduces her to the people of Cailtytown and to Glenncailty Castle. He also wants to learn more about her and invites Mary to have tea with his mother.

Michael’s mother is happy to meet Mary. She knew Mary’s parents. She shares stories and pictures she has of them. She also shows a picture of Michael and Mary when they were children together, shocking them both. It is almost as if they were meant for each other.

As they get to know each other better the castle ghosts have other plans. Mary and Michael have a late night encounter that scares and troubles them. The hotel manager, Sorcha is worried that the ghosts are dangerous.

I like the idea of this story. Mary is coming home, basically, to the land her family is from. She has no emotional connection and doesn’t know how she will react to being there. In fact at first she doesn’t really feel connected at all just appreciates how beautiful Ireland is.

Once the townspeople learn who she is everything changes. The story takes on a warm continuation as Mary starts learning about her parents. I liked reading how accepting the people were and how they would share, happily, stories they had.

Michael and Mary’s relationship seems to blossom quickly. It almost feels too fast however to make it believable. Then the ghosts arrive in the story and I was confused. I wasn’t sure what was going on, plus it seemed separate from the rest of the story that was being told. It was all of a sudden thrown at you.

If the story was longer and more time was spent spinning the tale and preparing the reader, it may have made more sense. This is the first book I’ve read in the Glenncailty Caste series, so I have no background information. So my confusion was present as I finished the story. However it was a sweet beginning to a love story told in one of my favorite places. I give it a 3 out of 5.

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