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This is the story of three women and one charismatic man. A glamorous historical romance, perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy.

It is 1950s New York, the time of dance halls, swing bands and the beginning of rock and roll. In The Emerald, Ava Brogan dances the night away, knowing that she will never be pretty like the other Irish girls there, wishing her mother wouldn't keep
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Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by Head of Zeus
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Zoe
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming, impassioned, and alluring!

This is a compelling story about first loves, friendship, community, goals, dreams, family and music that isset during the late 1950s when New York was a melting pot of immigrants and Manhattan was the hub of the American music industry.

There are four main memorablecharacters in this novel; Rose, a young Irish lass who leaves comfort and security behind in hopes of finding her first love; Ava, a woman with insecurities but a lot of heart; Sheila a Jewish
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Late 1950’s Ireland and New York plays the backdrop to a book I would label my favourite romance of the year, which is Kate Kerrigan’s latest novel, It Was Only Ever You.

Patrick Murphy is at the front and centre of It Was Only Ever You. Patrick is a young man with an incredible talent, who vows to make it big one day as a professional singer. Patrick is in love with a doctor’s daughter and aspiring artist named Rose however, their love is doomed from the start, as they come from completely
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I think one of the reason for me liking this book so much is because I really liked the women in this book, or rather two of them, Ava and Sheila. Rose was a bit harder to like, although, in the end, I did find myself warming up to her.

It Was Only Ever You is such an interesting story about three very different women who end up playing very important roles in Patrick Murphy life. We have Rose, his sweetheart in Ireland, Ava, the warmhearted woman with low self-esteem who falls for him despite
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booksofallkinds
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IT WAS ONLY EVER YOU by Kate Kerrigan is a powerful and beautiful tale of love, life, and finding what you need in this world.

Set in the 1950s the story moves from Ireland to New York where Patrick Murphy is hoping to make his dream of singing become a reality. A man that oozes charm, kindness, and charisma, Patrick draws women to him like moths to a flame, and when he doesn't hear any word from his young first love, Rose, who is back in Ireland, he believes that things have changed.

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Anuja Chandramouli
Aug 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Kate Kerrigan comes highly recommended as a veteran of vintage romance and her latest novel, It Was Only Ever You is the winner of the RNA 2017 Historical Novel of the Year award. Set in the 1950’s, this tale of amorous entanglements is about three women – Rose Hopkins, Ava Brogan and Sheila Klein, of varying degrees of likeability who play a big role in the life of Patrick Murphy, a dreamboat and songster on the brink of superstardom.
The story begins with a Holocaust orphan’s attempt to deal
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Scatterbooker
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It Was Only Ever You is my first introduction to Kate Kerrigan, but before I even picked up the book I knew that I had been missing out! With comparisons to the great Maeve Binchy and high praise from romance stalwarts, Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern, and my good friend, Tess Woods, I knew this would be a great book. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The novel is set in County Mayo and New York in the 1950s and told from multiple points of view. Patrick leaves his sweetheart, Rose, the beautiful
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Ana

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It Was Only Ever You is the first book by Kate Kerrigan and I've been so excited about checking it out, especially as it has won the RNA 2017 Historical Novel of the Year Award. Now that I've read it, I can say it definitely won't be my last one by this author. It Was Only Ever You is a charming tale of love, soul mates and music and I devoured it in a day.

The story is set in set in a small village, Foxford in Ireland and New York during the 1950s, the time
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Cathy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In It Was Only Ever You, the author has created three distinctive female characters. I loved Ava who, in her ‘lucky suit’, made me think of the young Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not. To me she was the most fully realised female character and the one I found myself most engaged with and who I rooted for most. I also liked how, in Sheila, the author created a picture of a strong, independent woman,
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Beth
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1950's Ireland .. I love books set in olden days time era. That always pulls me in right off, love the cover, Love this story, I am new to Kate Kerrigan's writing, I am hooked & I can not wait to read more from Kate very very soon. I love the dialogue, the characters .. such a fun quick read for me. Loved it!! ( :
Gaele
Staring off, the story felt a bit disjointed as it begins with a Holocaust survivor and their struggles and then we find ourselves in County Mayo where we meet a charismatic, handsome and talented Patrick, determined to make his mark on the world as a singer. He’s exciting and different from most, and that is one of the reasons that Rose, a renowned beauty, is in love with him. These two are destined to fail as a couple from the start, since neither is prone to thought or examination of motives, ...more
Margaret Madden
1950s Ireland. Rose and Patrick have to hide their love for each other as they are from two different classes. Patrick, a talented singer, heads for the bright lights of New York and Rose is devastated.In New York, Ava dreams of finding love in the dance halls of the Big Apple where she dances her way to happiness. Sheila, dreams of managing the biggest rock and roll acts in the USA and encounters the sexist world of the music industry. The Emerald Ballroom is where New Yorkers go to dance their ...more
Linda Hill
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Patrick Murphy dreams of being a famous singer, but three different women, Rose, Ava and Sheila, will impact on his life in ways he couldn’t imagine.

I am so pleased that It Was Only Ever You has fulfilled all my expectations and allieviated my disappointment at not having had time to read Kate Kerrigan’s other novels yet. Everything positive I have ever heard about the way she writes is true.

It Was Only Ever You is a delight of a read. It is a pitch perfect romantic novel where all the
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Alison
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I will be honest and say I have never read anything by Kate Kerrigan before, not even sure if her name has hit my radar but as soon as I spotted that cover I just had to read It Was Only Ever You. Just take another look at how beautiful the dress is, my favourite colour and style. I’m lucky enough to have received a paperback copy from the publisher and it is truly gorgeous.

Anyway, did the story live up to my expectations based on the front!? Yes it did. It actually involves a couple of my
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Debra
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sonya
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely romantic read, the story moves along quite quickly & doesn't drag, a lovely read for a winter's night.
Tiah
Feb 04, 2017 added it
– Respect? No. They were things men gave to other men in business. Women were for waiting tables. Sure, make the girl a manager, give her a few extra dollars, but respect a woman for doing a man's job? Nah. Never going to happen. –

– Rose did not have Hopkins blood so how she turned out was God's department. –

– Tom was not entirely convinced by this 'new' Ava –he liked his wild dancing, joke-around girl, but he supposed this is what happened to daughters when they matured. You lost them. –

– He
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Shirley Revill
It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan is a very sweet romantic story set in the 1950's Ireland and New York.
A really complex love story that touches the lives of three women and kept my interest till the very last word written on the page.
I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for more books by this author. Recommended.
Brittany
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I wish we could save some pages and cut out all the stuff about Rose and just have a story about Ava. I loved Ava, most interesting character. Sheila was really interesting too. Rose, couldn't stand her. Also Patrick is the most fickle and frustrating man I have ever had to read about. Have a damn spine.
Sarah
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo-library
It took me a little while to get into the story, I think because of the three-way point of view, but once it got going, this was really enjoyable. And if you're wondering, like I was, if the song It Was Only Ever You actually exists, yes it does, and you can listen to it on YouTube (I also found myself watching videos of the astonishingly athletic dancing to Bill Haley and The Comets).
Anne
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a real soft spot for Kate Kerrigan's writing, I've been a fan of hers for many years, ever since I read Recipes for a Perfect Marriage ten years ago. She also wrote the brilliant Ellis Island series. I reviewed her award-winning novel The Dress here on Random Things in June 2015.


It Was Only Ever You is another sweeping story from this very talented author. Set between 1950s County Mayo, Ireland and New York it is a story of hope, love, new beginnings, betrayal and discovery and features
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Theresa Smith
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
What started as a great story with engaging characters quickly descended into a frustrating read for me. There was an impulsiveness that ran through this book, not only within the characters actions, but within the story itself. Moments of sincerity and even tragedy were given little weight and the characters seemed to rush from one impulsive mistake to another, falling in and out of love at the drop of a hat and never really appreciating anyone or anything. Patrick Murphy would have to be one ...more
Petra Quelch
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am always intrigued by the history of the world mixed with captivating love stories. Well, It Was Only Ever You is one compelling romantic story! I love the way the author perfectly balanced the characters and their life journey with the historical timings and the vibrant music scene in 1950.

I was so smitten with Sheila's character, her drive, personal strengths and the power to make herself the best in the business. It is so clear to see where the woman place was at the time but Sheila had an
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Emma Crowley
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read everything Kate Kerrigan has written and have enjoyed all of her books particularly The Lost Garden and more recently The Dress. With this new book It Was Only Ever You the author once again returns to America having so successfully used this as a setting in The Dress. This time the book opens with a brief prologue in New York in March 1941. A young girl Sheila only aged 14 has to come to terms with the fact that the truth has been kept hidden from her for some time and her stay with ...more
Shiva Patel
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Beth
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a reading drought, Kate Kerrigan brought me back with my favorite kind of book! "It Was Only Ever You" follows a pair of Irish lovers, a Jewish bad ass, a respectable lawyer and their mix of family and friends in Ireland and New York. It is filled with romance, and hence, drama but it is well written. You will fall in live, tears will fall, (Irish) tempers will rise and the reader will be trying to absorb the next step as Kerrigan emerges them in the characters' lives, Topsy-Turvy as they ...more
Kathy
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It Was Only Ever You is an interesting story set in Ireland and New York in the 1950’s which I really enjoyed. Three very different women and one man, Patrick Murphy. This is a really good romance with wonderful characters – dragging a little in the end whilst they were all sorting out who was going with who, but an enjoyable read!
Rosie Ellen
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Pleasant but forgettable. Nice easy read.
Karyn
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was only ever you revolves around three young women and a handsome Irish singer Patrick Murphy.

It is New York in the heady days of dance halls and New York Irish show bands playingy their version of rock and roll . The Emerald Room is where the Irish come to dance and find love.

Ava Brogan a tall well built girl of Irish heritage is looking for love in the dance halls but is always overlooked due to her size and because she thinks she isn't as pretty as the other Irish girls but once she
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Jeannette
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book blurb...
Set, like Maeve Binchy's early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.

Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress
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Ashley
It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan is a love story this time covering two countries and a number of people. The story focuses on four characters who are intertwined. The first is Patrick Murphy who dreams of being a famous singer and is sent from his home in Ireland to the bright lights on 1950s New York. Rose, his first love, follows him there and gets caught up in Patrick's new life with Ava and Sheila.

I did have an idea of how the story was going to go but I ended up being slightly wrong
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Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels are Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, The Miracle of Grace, Ellis Island, City of Hope, Land of Dreams and The Lost Garden.

Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain’s most successful young women’s magazines before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990’s to edit Irish Tatler. She writes a
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