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The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth

(The Irish Heart #1)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  6,693 ratings  ·  689 reviews
A story about losing your way and finding your life. Book 1 of 3.
Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, but when she loses her great-aunt Mags, the woman who raised her, she boards a plane and leaves it all behind.

The Irish shores welcome her as she learns a shocking truth, kept secret for thirty-five years. Devastated and now alone
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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published December 17th 2014 by Juliet Gauvin
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Jonni Rich I enjoyed this book. It is a contemporary set in Ireland. Read like a modern fairy tale to me. Handsome hero hiding his wealthy status to outsiders…moreI enjoyed this book. It is a contemporary set in Ireland. Read like a modern fairy tale to me. Handsome hero hiding his wealthy status to outsiders for fear of being liked or loved for his material possessions. I like fairy tales, so found it satisfactory on most levels. Both the hero and heroine had issues to deal with and the author answered all story questions satisfactorily.(less)

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Pat Bretheim
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book appeared on the surface to be about the charms of the Irish countryside. An American woman headed to Ireland to spend some time healing after the loss of her aunt, who raised her. However, the book soon devolved into the cheapest of romance novels. "Beth" immediately meets Connor, who looks like a model and who is single. Of course he is interested in her, in spite of the fact that he has dated supermodels and celebrities, but they don't compare to Beth, do they? Wait, there's more. ...more
Kim Howard
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: so-so-romance
Good But Not Great

This book was just a so-so read for me. This story is about Elizabeth, who loses her last remaining family member and goes on a journey to find herself. The writing was descriptive but I needed more. The characters were flat and bordering on one dimensional. There wasn't anything wrong with them but I just didn't care about them. This is a three book series and I'm good with just reading this one.
Pamela
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
I want to go to Ireland (Scotland) and find my own Connor :)
Trish
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a cozy read as a woman processes her grief and finds love. And I didn't realize this was part of a series, so I was expecting it to have an actual ending.

Instead, we have a killer barracuda divorce lawyer who falls apart when she finds out her past isn't quite as she was told. So what does she do? Essentially walks away from her life and runs off to Ireland. Where she falls deeply into lust with the local heartthrob (who's also rich and titled, but has prevented his heart from
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Sue
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of the letters left to Beth to help her evaluate where her life was and where her heart should be. I would have liked more character development and less description of their sexual moments. That caused me to lose interest in reading a sequel.
Kara Hansen
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 ( generous) stars. I was expecting something much different from this book. A weak plot, cheesy and corny writing, predictable characters. Even the treasured letters, which started off being a key part of this book were not impressive. Not impressed and I definitely won’t continue with the series.
Tina
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
A nice read, nothing spectacular or extraordinary. I might continue the series in the future.
Sydney
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this author's first book which was an erotic novella & really liked it. This book seems to be a complete departure--it's more women's fiction romance--full length. It sucked me in. I thought it was delicious. Really delicious. I've always loved Ireland (love Maeve Binchy & Dorien Kelly), this made me feel like I was there. Elizabeth, the main character isn't likeable at first, but she's real and by the end I wanted to be her. And Connor the male lead--wowzers. Can I have a Connor ...more
J. A.  Lewis
Mediocre read about an attorney who loses her great aunt (who raised her) and decides to move to Ireland to regroup and recover. She immediately runs into a gorgeous Irish man coming out of the bathroom, naked of course. It's obvious where the book is headed. I used to read this genre when I was younger but have grown weary of the extremely detailed sex scenes and lack of more attention to the story line. The book ends rather abruptly but gives you a few pages of the next book in the series. ...more
Sandi Blaylock
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous

I was referred to this book by a friend. She sent me a pic of the book. I looked it up and thought it sounds just like something I would love. I was right it was. I love this author. The book has no dull moments in it to make you bored or want to skip pages. I devoured every word. I'm off to buy book two. Please try this series. Love Beth and Conner!!
Nancy Garbe
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a captivating, romantic story of wounded people learning to open up to change and to love and to trust. It has a handsome, Irish leading man and a smart, attractive leading lady coming to terms with some changes/discoveries about herself. There are wonderful descriptions of Ireland and the Irish. The ending is a bit rough and abrupt, leading the reader to the sequels. Overall, well done.
Christine
Loved the descriptions of the Irish countryside and loved the depiction of the heroine's aunt. However, the actual book read way too much like a childhood fantasy of wanting to date in the British royal family.
Saorlaith
Oct 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
I never write reviews on Goodreads, I just leave star reviews because I'm no good at writing. But I felt too bad giving this a one star review without saying anything. Especially after reading the afterword and hearing the author talk about the importance of reviews. So I want to attempt to be constructive. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm sure there are people who can suspend their disbelief and enjoy it quite happily but it just wasn't going to happen for me. The plot was far fetched and a ...more
Esther
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a pretty good story, but it loses a point for actually only being half a story... you know, where you have to buy the "sequel" ebook just to get an ending. Which, of course, won't just be an ending, it'll be a new twist in a story you thought was just about to wrap up. And who knows if you'll then need to buy another "sequel" to get to the end of it once and for all? Ugh.

(Also, what a relief that after a near death experience, Elizabeth and Connor were still able to have amazing sex. I
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Suzan
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I so wanted to love this book. I started out really enjoying the read and getting into the Irish countryside . Then the book turns into this "XXX" rated trash. So I skipped a few pages and back to the story. Only to be back skipping pages. This is book one of a series. I would have liked to have read more about Elizabeth and her journey in finding out who she is but the "XXX" is over the top. Why do authors feel they must describe every little detail of an act that should be intimate. I wish ...more
RJ
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 3 part series. Saying that I felt like there was some closure and I can't wait to read the next chapter in Beth's life.
The characters are trite (she's the best divorce attorney & he's an incredibly rich, handsome lord). The author did write the characters in a way that I was drawn into their story. I wished their background story was more believable.
Jamie Sloan
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Not the story I thought I was going to read

I was hoping for more answers about Elizabeth's past. About her parents. About Mags. It really was a great love story. I was just hoping for more.
Deborah Melendy
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome

Great read believable characters loved it and wish to read more of the same thank you for writing this book helps to put this vs in perspective
Elizabeth
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh, it was alright. I didn't like the ending...
Peggy Berg
A decent book until the very end. I felt like the author ran out of time and just ended it. won't be reading anymore books by this author.
Cindy
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Didn't know this was pt1 of 3!!

How much influence does what we believe about our families have on the people we turn out to be?


In this story both Conner and Elizabeth believe being abandoned by low, uncaring parents is responsible for the adults they have become, the life paths they have chosen. What happens when they find out everything they believed were lies?


I typically enjoy reading book series, but this one caught me off guard, a little frustrating. I prefer books of a series that can
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Jennifer
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Downloaded this onto my Kindle because of the cover. I liked the book, I didn't love it. Elizabeth is not a very likeable character. She is "finding herself" and is on personal leave from her law firm. The author goes on to bash the law profession every chance she gets. There is not enough descriptions of Ireland for my tastes. By midway through the book, it turns heavily into a heated romance book where heaven and earth is literally moved when the two characters make love. It was alright. There ...more
Valerie
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I read no other reviews until after I finished this book. I discovered my reaction to it was pretty common among many other women, who may also have been recommended this book via Kindle based on other reads.

The story starts out well enough with an interesting female lead character questioning the path she's taken so far in her life. The death of the aunt who raised her brings her a series of letters which she follows to Ireland.

From there, it devolves quickly into a pretty cheesy romance
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Gina1230
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely pool / beach read which I really enjoy. As I'm actually Irish quite a bit it authentically Irish which I enjoyed as I live in US now. The ending is a surprise
Sandra Klinkhammer
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written

Worth the time to read this book. Description of places made you feel like you were there. Would read it again.
Joan
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How perfect can a love affair be?

Elizabeth Lara, who had been abandoned by first her father, than her mother, was raised by her Aunt Mags, a wonderful woman. Because of her background, Beth grew up, built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, and when her aunt Mags passed at age 90, turned in her request for an indefinite leave of absence, as she was so lost now. She had never been in love although she had a boyfriend for a year. She didn’t trust love so she left her former
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Juanita
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Review: The Irish Cottage by Juliet Gauvin

I thought the book was well written and the characters held my interest for being a romance. It didn’t really have much gussied-gussy stuff and what there was just happen to be done in good taste. There are two more books to the trilogy but I’m satisfied with reading the first book that I won’t rush out for the others. The ending in this book really predicts how the story will continue in the second one.

It was a fast read about a woman moving away from
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Nancy (essayist)
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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Connie D
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 01st-in-series
Beth's beloved great-aunt, who raised her, has just died and left her a series of letters exhorting her to live her life well and also revealing secrets about the parents who left her at an early age. This sounded promising. Beth's decision to quit her job as a divorce lawyer and rent a cottage in Ireland for a month or two sounded interesting, although taking that particular jump wasn't the obvious reaction to the first letter. Almost immediately after arriving, Beth meets Connor, a handsome ...more
Patricia
I came accross this books while holidaying in Turin-Italy, I went to this lovely bookshop and as soon as I read the blurb I was in love with it...the cover is gorgeous as well by the way. So, even though it was kind of expensive I bought it and started it straight away.
I loved, LOVED! 95% of it....so yeah...the end came and I was sort of pissed off....why, oh why do authors feel the need of leaving us, faithful readers, with a dreadful cliffhanger???? It really bothers me to no end. The actual
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“No matter where in the world she was or what she was going through in life, she knew she could always look up and the moon would be the same.” 0 likes
“There were promises I made a long time ago. I swore to keep those secrets from you, against my better judgment, and for that I am truly sorry. Looking back, I think this whole ruthless lawyer thing might be my fault. Ever” 0 likes
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