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The Last Bride in Ballymuir (Ballymuir #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  2,037 Ratings  ·  143 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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Jan 30, 2011 Rochelle rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 08, 2012 Madelyn rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 17, 2013 Rhonda rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-freebies
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.
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
Sep 25, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Kristina Smith
Oct 06, 2012 Kristina Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-downloads
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
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.
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
Heather Wiese
Jan 16, 2013 Heather Wiese rated it liked it
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Oct 30, 2012 Read rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2013 PepsiGirl rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Mar 27, 2013 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Janice Liedl
May 27, 2013 Janice Liedl rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Melissa Levine
Sep 20, 2015 Melissa Levine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: everyday-life
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Jul 30, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2015 Trea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2015
I was so intrigued by the cover blurb on this, but ultimately, I wound up hating it. The pacing of the story really dragged for me, details about character's pasts to make them who they were were given out in a very stingy manner, and eventually I got to the point where I just didn't care about the characters or their motivations for their actions. I was just reading the book because it was the only thing I could find for a team challenge, making it a "have-to" read, rather than an enjoyable one ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Avril rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Irish romance, or any romance really
Recommended to Avril 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
Feb 16, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok
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.
Pamela Fernandes
Mar 01, 2014 Pamela Fernandes rated it really liked it
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
Jasmine G.
Sep 02, 2014 Jasmine G. rated it liked it
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
Fran Hampton
Weak writing

The story did not transition smoothly from one segment to another. Seemed as if the author just wanted to get through the story.
Jan 16, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, drama
I truly enjoyed this book. I thought it would just be a typical romance, but it as so much more. It was also about redemption, and forgiveness, and learning self worth. I really liked Michael, and his sister Vi..they have a complicated, but loving brother, sister relationship. I also loved Sheily. She was complex, and sweet, and giving almost to an excess. The person she put last was always herself. Her father was in prison for fraud. The fraud involved most of the small town, so you can imagine ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Anjali rated it it was ok
Taste it and you will get a desire for it.
—Irish Proverb
Some times you don't desire it . This book was a OK for me . Lets say the story didn't invoke any strong emotional response from my brain or my heart . Both main characters {Kylie & Michael} are good but not alluring or captivating . The story sometimes disconnected and just starts at some other situations,I felt what happened all of a sudden . At no point in this book I was completely engrossing.So 2 stars
Michael Kilbride is a 32 year
Apr 17, 2016 Ann rated it liked it
The Last Bride in Ballymuir is a lovely book about people who have been hurt in the past, their way to recovery and finding peace and happiness.

Michael is released from prison (from being wrongly sentenced) and arrives to Ballymuir to live with his sister, Violet. Right away he meets Kyle, a local schoolteacher who has a troubled past of her own (view spoiler) They fall for each other, Kyle
Wanda Hartzenberg
Apr 14, 2016 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Here is why this book gets only 3*. At times the book is a bit drawn out.
Here is why I wish I could give it mor stars. It was sweet and I had fun reading it.
Here is another major plus. This book is like most romances totally character driven. But in this book the characters actually do show growth which is also tied in with the drawn out aspect.
However no matter how much growth, how much fun the drawn out parts re frequent and had me impatient.

So. If you love, love, love romance and am more
Jul 30, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
Stories like this make me long for my own place in Ireland! While the start of the relationship between the two main characters was a little far fetched the rest of the story developed nicely. A lovely read.
Oct 10, 2016 Carol rated it liked it
A cute little book that was perfect for reading on on the cardio equipment. Light, with a little suspense that keeps you entertained.
Patsy Fox
Oct 02, 2016 Patsy Fox rated it it was ok
I was hoping to read about Ireland and the towns and people, but not much was said about them. I had the hardest time reading this book, don't know why but I would have to go back and reread sentences to try to understand the meaning of what was be talked about. Some things just didn't make sense to me. The book had a good story line but was not presented well. I felt there was to much repeating the same things over and over and then it ends. Well the Epilogue did answer some questions.
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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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