The Last Bride in Ballymuir (Ballymuir #1)
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 lad...more
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
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.
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
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
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
The whole piece also lacked pace in places.
I can't say that I would actively seek out anything else by this author. All things considered a 3 star rating.
In case I didn’t mention this was a Free Kindle Download at the time (see my blog www.toodlesbookclub.blogspot.com for daily selections of free downloads).
There was some adult content, so I can 't recommend it, but it made me feel deeply --which is among the greatest accomplishments a work of literature can have.
While it's nothing amazing from a literary standpoint, it was interesting and a good light read during a vacation.
Fast moving, with a lot of angst and action, the first in the Ballymuir series is a wonderful read.
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
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