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Beneath an Irish Sky

(Emerald Isle #1)

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Jack Stewart thought he'd put the past behind him. On the surface, he has everything success, money, a big house and he is never short of an attractive woman by his side, but a tragic road accident shatters Jack's world.

Raised as an Irish Traveller, Luke Kiernan hasn't had it easy, and when he wakes in a Dublin hospital to find the man he's hated since childhood at his be
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Paperback, 414 pages
Published August 7th 2013 by Choc Lit (first published July 2nd 2013)
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Jill
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

Jack Stewart hasn't seen his estranged Irish wife, Annie in twenty years. But when she is killed in a car accident, Jack travels to Dublin to make the funeral arrangements. If that isn't enough for him to deal with, then there's Annie's son, Luke who has been injured in the accident. Bitter and hurting, Luke has harboured his dislike of Jack since childhood, the man he believes callously rejected his mother.

Beneath an Irish Sky is another wonderful title from Choc Lit and all I've come
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Teresa
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my first taste of Choc Lit and I will certainly be back for more. Isabella Connor is the pen name for Liv Thomas and Val Oltenau. I'm not a big fan of collaborations and I don't usually like contemporary romantic fiction but this novel stood out for me with its intelligence and wit along with a certain Irish sparkle.

Young Irish Traveller, Luke Kiernan is thrust into an unknown world following a tragic accident. Plucked from the tranquillity of the Irish countryside he has to forge a new
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Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked that there were the two male leads, I really loved this aspect and I enjoyed getting to know both of them individually. I found both Jack and Luke to be fascinating characters, each with their own traits and personalities. They were both very believable and realistic, I found myself forming a connection with them and I wanted to read on to see where their journey would take them.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was that it included an Irish Traveller as a main characters and real
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Agi
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Isabella Connor is the pen name for Liv Thomas and Val Oltenau. I was always wondering how two people can write one book. Do they argue a lot? Is it so that one person is writing and the other is coming with the ideas? Well, never mind, the most important thing is that the book was great.
It was a little different book to those that I usually read. Our main characters here were two men, one younger and one older, but very similar: both of them stubborn, both of them handsome, both of them with mo
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Anne
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I became caught up in the story within the first two paragraphs. The writing is engaging and draws the reader in straight away as we are introduced to Jack Stewart, in Ireland to identify the body of his estranged wife. Annie left Jack twenty years ago, he thought that they were deeply in love, he thought that they were happy, but she left suddenly, with no notice and Jack has not seen her since. Hearing that Annie has been killed in a car accident aged just 40 is a shock, discovering that he ha ...more
Christina
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic story, which I stayed up until 3am to finish – just couldn’t put it down! We get not just one, but two heroes – one in his early 20’s who is oh so easy to fall in love with, and one in his 40’s, slightly tougher, but under the rough exterior very vulnerable. Both are damaged, both stubborn, but ultimately exactly like a hero should be. There are two villains as well, so bad you actually want to strangle them with your bare hands! And there is mystery, love, hate, revenge, cl ...more
The Commuting Bookworm
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Beneath an Irish Sky by Isobella Connor

Jack Stewert thought he’d put the past behind him. On the surface he has everything – success, money, a big house and he is never short of an attractive woman by his side, but a tragic road accident shatters his world. Raised as an Irish traveller, Luke Kiernan hasn’t had it easy, and when he wakes up in a Dublin hospital to find the man he’s hated since childhood at his bedside he’s hungry for revenge.


Two very different worlds collide bringing new dangers
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Terry
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beneath an Irish sky (5 stars)

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

What an amazing read! When I started this book, I worried it would be
a typical romance that had to much mushy stuff and not enough story.
Boy was I wrong! This was an awesome read about an estranged (very)
relationship between and absent father and his son. But not your
typical absent father, one that didn't know he had a child, let alone
why his wife left him 20 years previous.

The story line in this book was surpri
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Bookread2day
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story. I highly recommend this book to all readers. The story starts with wealthy Jack has to identify the dead body of his travellers ex wife. Jack finds out he has a twenty year old traveller son named Luke from when he was married to Luke's mother that he never knew he had. Jack brings Luke home with him to jack' big house. Matt who is Jack's other son welcomes Luke as a brother. Jack parents however are not happy that Jack has a traveller son and that jack has brought Luke home wit ...more
Jo Barton
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow for Romantic Fiction Online
Great story - enjoyed it
Jane Stewart
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
2 ½ stars. Not my kind of book. This might be good for someone who likes fiction about family secrets and deceit.

I was expecting a romance novel and was disappointed to find “relationships fiction” not romance. There are two couples who get together and there are happy endings, but it does not feel like romance. Instead it’s about a father who meets his twenty-year-old son for the first time and their strained relationship. The son hates the father. The father makes half-hearted attempts to welc
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Valerie
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I'm a big Paranormal fan, and true crime, but once in awhile a book comes along that catches my eye. I am so happy I got this and was able to venture off into the Irish and English World for a day of exciting betrayals, secrets, drama, and tragedy.

Jack Stewart comes across as a businessman that is run by his wealthy family and has a brash way of doing things, very stubborn. He though has had much tragedy in his life so you could see why. A father of one son, he is called to head t
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Angela Britnell
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the first page. A road accident brings wealthy English businessman, Jack Stewart, smack up against his past. He has to cope with the death of his estranged wife and the appearance of Luke, who may or may not be his son. Luke's been brought up as an Irish traveler to hate everything Jack stands for. The troubles Luke brings with him to England are entwined with the many secrets in Jack's family and as the story evolves to a dramatic conclusion we're pulled into their lives ...more
Evie Pey
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd never read this authors books...then I realised it was two authors who have never met which is very strange but seemed to work.

The book was easy to read and flowed well.. a little far fetched in places but I enjoyed the brothers relationship.

I would probably read another by this author partnership if I wanted a light enjoyable read.
Sorcha O'Dowd
Beneath an Irish Sky was such a stunningly beautiful read! I was lucky enough to win a copy in a giveaway by the publishers Choc Lit, and I can’t say how grateful I am. This story spoke so much to me, and is one of my favourite reads of 2013.

Isabella Connor is a pen name for two authors, so I was delighted to see how closely their writing styles matched. There was no indication that the book was written by two people, as the story and character development flowed so fluidly throughout the novel.
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Lisa
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well ChocLit publishing have done it again. They've given us another great author in the form of Isabella Connor.

Beneath an Irish Sky brings us some amazing characters. Some you'll love and some you'll just despise.

Without giving away anything with spoilers, this book tells the story of how the lives of Jack Stewart, a wealthy man who wants for "almost" nothing, and Luke Kiernan an Irish Traveller, collided in a way neither of them could have expected. This was a great story that drew you in fr
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Lin Treadgold
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a friend of the authors, I never like to put reviews up for people I know well, but on this occasion I had to say how much I have enjoyed reading Beneath an Irish Sky. Two authors so far away from each other and never meeting, has to be some kind miracle. I know how hard they both worked to put this together, I nurtured Liv Thomas through her e-mails and willed her to keep going. The story reads so well and has many twists and turns with every page. I haven't been able to put it down.

Perhaps
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Ruth Abbitt
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very moving story

Sadness, intrigue, heartache & love. Well written, deep mystery and ever deepening love. I would highly recommend this book for all.
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JoaniE
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me entertained from start to finish. I’ve not read this author before, and I find myself scrambling to find anything she’s writing. Her characters are intriguing and very realistic. I enjoyed the relationship interactions. And I learned a bit about Irish ‘travelers’ as well. This story is set, back and forth, between England and Ireland. The story made me laugh, made me cry, made me angry, and left me with hope. Very enjoyable and entertaining. This is what I look for in literatur ...more
Leanne Hayter
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Being an Irish lassie this book was a real joy to read. I was intrigued from page one and Couldn't put it down. The author deserves more than 5 stars for this beautiful story.
Bonnie Gibney
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irish Sky

I really liked this book , I didn't want to put it down. I look forward to reading more by Isabella Connor.
Shaz Goodwin
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jack is in Dublin having a task to undertake as a direct result from the aftermath of the traffic accident in the blurb. He finds out something life-changing about a person’s existence that he never knew. He needs to get back to his business but his task doesn’t end in Dublin.

From the first page I had lots of questions … What had Annie done to be the cause of so much emotion? Why didn’t Jack know where it had gone wrong? I was compelled to read on to find out about Jack’s life and why he was so
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Lucinda
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of books with drama and secrets
Beneath An Irish Sky was quite a different book for me to review. I don’t usually read books that have family secrets and things like that in them so it was definitely a refreshing read. I also hadn’t read anything about Irish travellers; the only knowledge I have of them is from watching Big Fat Gypsy Weddings which was quite a fascinating insight into their community.

I really connected with Luke as one of the protagonist’s; I couldn’t believe Jack’s parents reactions to him. How could anyone b
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Blodeuedd Finland
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I do confess to wanting to smack Luke over the head a lot, but then again if I had been Luke I would have been just as angry.

The book is filled with drama and anger. Luke is a young traveller, and people do not like travellers. He is an angry young man. Abused by his uncles, his mum just died and all his life he hated the man who left his mother.

Jack Stewart is also angry. His wife left him without a word 20 years ago and now she finds out he has a son. But he is good and tries his best. But Luk
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Rhoda Baxter
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The romances (there are two) are subordinate to the main story about Annie and why she left. Luke is very sweet and his insecurities, which are all completely understandable, make him an easy hero to fall in love with. Jack, on the other hand is more difficult to feel sympathy for, but there again, you can understand why his reactions towards his son are as they are. By the end of it, he's changed and come out a true hero. The heroines are less sharply defined than the heroes ...more
Anne Harvey
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this novel intriguing from the first page and the pace never lets up. When successful businessman Jack Stewart is called on to identify the body of his estranged wife, Annie, he is shocked to learn that he has a son he didn't know about. But is Luke his son? Twenty years before, Annie had left him for apparently no reason, leaving Jack grief-stricken. It's hardly surprising that Jack puts up barriers and Luke has bitter barriers of his own to overcome. What adds a poignant twist to this ...more
Dianne Ascroft
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a hopeful, realistic love story where everything doesn’t end happily ever after immediately. The story is believable and so are the characters. The characters must journey through their problems and sort them out in order to find happiness. It’s a love story (more than one actually) and also one about a father and son. There are several layers to the book as the characters deal with hurts and mysteries in the past and difficulties and danger in the present. There’s also a well depicted c ...more
Martha
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Martha by: Irish Independent
I came across this book in a newspaper review and had to order it from my local bookshop, why they weren't promoting it as their book of the month I'm not sure, it is a very good read, a real page turner, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked, so much that I read the whole book in one evening, into the early hours of the morning.
The characters are well painted, so much that I wanted to slap (or smack as we Irish would say) Jack at several times through the book for being such as sap, rare
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Beverley Eikli
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, general
I love being sucked into a book by the set-up and then held captive as plot twists and turns compound an underlying mystery. There was a colourful array of characters in Beneath an Irish Sky but the two heroes stole the show by the manner in which they stole their way into their women's heart: a father and a son, so very different, estranged but forced through tragedy to get to know one another

This was a lovely, engrossing story which I couldn't put down at the end, and which delivered everythin
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Isabelle D
Two couples are formed in the course of the novel and yet it's family, not romance, that's central to the story. I liked that, as the interactions between family members were particularly interesting, with an unclear past starting to resurface.
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