The Last Bride in Ballymuir (Ballymuir, #1)
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The Last Bride in Ballymuir (Ballymuir #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,114 ratings  ·  108 reviews
"Steeped in the age-old beauty and traditions of Ireland, Dorien Kelly's enchanting contemporary novel transports readers to a picturesque Irish village where passions run deep...."Miss Kylie "Soon-to-Be-a-Saint" O'Shea teaches at the Gaelic school, helps her neighbors and volunteers for every good cause. No one in Ballymuir can figure out why she keeps the interested lads...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Pocket Star
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Kristina Smith
I thought the book read slowly - meaning, I never really rushed back to pick it up, although when I did read go back to it, I would become engaged in the story very easily. I LOVED the heroine and how she stood by her man when everyone else in the town believed the lies about his past, even to the point of risking her job with a brutually frank confession from the top of the bar in the local drinking hole. Now, it took her some time to get to that point, but once she did - watch out! The book wa...more
What a wonderful story!

I really liked the characters, Kylie O’Shea such strength for a school teacher/wall flower (as she sees herself), and Michael Kilbride, was quite a tortured soul, but together they are such a wonderful couple. They healed each other, reminded each other how to love and completed each other beautifully. Violet Kilbride, what to say about her…loved her, she is a fabulous character. She reminds me of my best friend. Life in Ballymuir wouldn’t be the same without her. The enti...more
WOW !!! The best book I have read so far ! Set in Ireland ,about righting wrongs, forgiving , moving forward and finding love ! Moved along nicely , couldnt wait to get back to my reading of it . Now that is the kinda book I love to read .Not repetitve , story line not drug out . A fabulous read . Ended wonderfully . A definite GOOD READ ! Five stars seems not enough .
Jess the Romanceaholic
I'm not big on contemporary, so I was a bit hesitant about this one.

I liked the characters, but.. there was just SOMETHING missing. Plus, I really didn't like the hint of paranormal -- it just didn't fit in with the rest of the novel...

I'll have to think on it a bit more before my final review.

For now, 3.5/5
Guilty Pleasures
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5 Stars

FREE for Kindle as of date of this review (3/17/13)

May your troubles be less
Your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
-Irish Toast

I was absolutely surprised with the Ballymuir Series by Dorien Kelly. I fell in love with each of the characters and cheered them all on. All of them have a past and, as the story unfolds, your heart breaks and your smile gets bigger. The characters, the back-ground and the story...more
Pamela Q.
I liked reading this. For one while I think the book may seem a romance superficially. It touches on several undercurrents. The Garda, the senseless violence in the Northern land of the Emerald Isle, the bloodshed of innocent people and the wrong convictions. The book takes no sides, has no religious undertones but it points to the facts. I felt for Michael throughout, especially when Gerry punches him. It was heart wrenching. The book slows down a lot halfway, but picks up great after that. Eve...more
I love Ireland and anything Celtic. I think that Dorien Kelly has an incredible knack with creating characters and settings that make you feel the mist of Ireland's rain as you are reading the book. The language, setting, characterization, and feel of the book are incredibly done. Kylie and Michael are so well done with true conflicts that have you fighting for them with all of your heart. A truly great read!
This book is missing something. You never really feel a connection to the characters. In other books you will see a little of the day to day activities of the characters, listen to their thoughts as they go about their activities. But in this book I feel that lacking. If the characters aren't together, they were a few paragraphs ago or will be in the next few.
Avi Maria
Jan 25, 2014 Avi Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Irish romance, or any romance really
Recommended to Avi by: Amazon
Shelves: irish-romance
3.5 stars

Dorien Kelly's use of the Irish vernacular and proverbs was endearing to me, as I'm Irish and it was the language used around me growing up. Hiberno English is influenced by the Irish language, such as vocabulary, grammatical structure, and pronunciation. Most of these are more used in the spoken language than in formal written language. Unfortunately, modern Hiberno English spoken in Ireland today is awash with Americanisms and British English influences.

The book was enjoyable and del...more
Jan 30, 2011 Rochelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Monika
Great, sweet read! I needed something a little lighter that JR Ward's Crave for a night alone, and this fit the bill perfectly! I'll add more Dorien Kelly to my to-read list!
Mary B.
Writing was ok, but the story was just kind of dull. Two very important conflicts, that could have been explored much further, were resolved really quickly and easily, while the rest of the book just dragged out. I made it 60% before I threw in the towel and skimmed the rest.
Jasmine Guerrero
I enjoyed reading this book. Some parts where a bit boring...I had to skip a few pages throughout, however I liked the overall plot of the story. Every time Michael called Kylie, "love", my heart just wanted to smile. *swooning* I also liked that even though they both lived in a small town where everyone knows each others business (I don't know if I could of lived there), they were able to stick together and figure everything out. I just love happy endings and this book certainly has a happy end...more
Heather Wiese
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A Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist!

When Michael Kilbride, a handsome man with a dark past, arrives in the Irish village of Ballymuir, rumors begin to fly. While many turn against him, one woman steps forward--the village's beloved schoolteacher, Kylie O'Shea. Kylie's friends have long believed that proper Kylie is bound to fulfill the local legend of being the last bride in Ballymuir. But sparks soon ignite between Michael and Kylie. Will Kylie, who also hides secrets, find t...more
This was another Kindle book for which my Kindle did not allow me to choose a font. I had to use the font in which it was delivered, Caecilia, I think.

At times I had to look twice to realize that the scene had changed. The author switched from indenting the first line of a paragraph to not indenting when the scene changed, but a blank line or two would have helped the reader.

I would have preferred more content about Ireland and less about the love scenes, which I would have left more to the r...more
Janice Liedl
This romance set up the hero and heroine with every problem to overcome, all in the small town of Ballymuir where Michael Kilbride comes to get back on his feet, courtesy of his sister Vi. Michael meets Kylie, barely making ends meet as a teacher at the local Gaelic school while paying off her jailbird father's debts.

The last thing that Kylie needs is a man with Michael's troubled past. The last thing that Michael needs is the trouble which comes knocking when he settles into Ballymuir and can't...more
I really enjoyed this book. Having visited Ireland I was able to envision the setting and hear that beautiful Irish accent in the character's words.
There were quite a few breaks in the story that I though should've warrented a new chapter or at least page breaks but maybe this is a Kindle issue only. Regardless, I found that if I wasn't completely paying attention to what I was reading I had to go back a paragraph or two to catch the character or scene/setting change.
I didn't find the climax in...more
I downloaded this book for free from amazon. It was sitting on my Kindle for a couple of weeks before I got to it, and well, it was a great read. This book has more conflicts than I normally read. The conflicts range from family issues that include parents and siblings, to those friends who become like family. There are also the local gossips that play a role in how the characters act. Also, the conflict resolution in this book is excellent. Fears are addressed, questions of loyalty are addresse...more
I wasn't expecting to like "The Last Bride in Ballymuir" as my only knowledge of Irish/Ireland was the BBC TV series "Ballykissangel".
Though this is a free e-read from I will be adding the next two in the Ballymuir series e-books to my kindle.
So I acquired this free book and was skeptical. But it was pretty good. The characters have depth and are written well. Michael Kilbride, recently released from prison for serving a crime of association with terrorists. Kylie O‘Shea is a school teacher prim and proper with lots of secrets. Their unexpected meeting in a stone strewn field that he helps her clear, starts an unlikely pairing between the two. Kylie likes to lie low and not cause a scene. But now that she has caught the eye of Michae...more
Dana Tillman
"Endearing Love Story"

Oh how I loved this book!!!! The characters personalities jumped off the page. Great character development! Loved that good ole Irish spirit that weaved itself throughout the book. If your looking for a romance book that holds a story about redemption and forgiveness this is for you.
There was so much I wanted this book to be and in part the characters and Ballymuir itself give me that, but honestly, the love scenes along with the never ending sexual tension between Michael and Kylie had me flipping pages to get back to the story line which I wanted a lot more of. I gave it a 3 star rating because as I said the story itself made me want to find out what happened in the end but I think the could have been a lot more written about ma and the boys as well as the conflicting emo...more
I liked this book to a certain point, and then it dragged on and on. The conflict was telegraphed and I just wanted to get past it to a resolution that was too long in coming.
Cd Brennan
I really enjoyed this book, my first book of Ms, Kelly's, and I actually thought she was an Irish native until I read the bio, and she lives in Michigan like me! I applaud her for her good research on Irish lexicon. I know she said she has traveled there, but I lived there for 7 years and hers is even better than what I remember! Many authors choose to write about the Emerald Isle, and/or have Irish heros/heroines (including myself), but I appreciate when an author sticks as true to their nature...more
I Really liked the story and the characters But for me I wish it was clean.

But all in all I give it a 4 out of 5 because i liked the story and characters so much.
Got this as a Kindle freebie and so glad I did. I really enjoyed this book! I've read all of the books Dorien Kelly wrote with Janet Evanovich, so I thought it worth reading one written by just Dorien Kelly. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the characters and the details of the small Irish town and it's people. This book is much more serious than the romantic comedies written by Dorien/Janet, but it still has it's comedic moments. Mostly this is a story of family, hope and persevering. I found...more
I like the premise of Michael getting a second chance in life after being wrongly accuse of murder. With that said I felt the book dragged. The way how th I s was written I was sure it was suppose to modern day Ireland or time gone by.
Liight & enjoyable read.

Well developed & likable characters. Well paced storyline. Not my usual genre but I really enjoyed this book & would recommend as a great vacation book to escape into a good story!
Cristina Contilli
Quando l'amore del presente deve confrontarsi con i segreti del passato...

Ho scaricato questo ebook perché era in download gratuito e mi piace leggere rosa in lingua originale sia per vedere come sono in partenza (senza gli adattamenti che a volte vengono fatti per le edizioni in italiano) sia per tenermi allenata con l'inglese... nel complesso questo romanzo mi è piaciuto anche se i due protagonisti hanno un bel po' di cose da nascondere non solo agli abitanti del paesino irlandese dove vivono,...more
Not that good. I love Irish people, but this story was not that great.
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“May your troubles be less
Your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.”
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