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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  37 reviews
From the author of The Map That Leads to You comes another sweeping, romantic novel about love, family, and what it means to build a home together.

The Blasket Islands are the heart of Ireland - once populated with some of the most famous Irish writers, they are now abandoned, filled with nothing but wind and silence. Kate Moreton, a PhD student at Dartmouth, is in Ireland
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Jordan Hanley of St. Martin's Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Here I go again! Reading a book that won't be published for many months, but I fell into temptation. See I read J.P. Monniger's The Map that Leads to You in 2017 and that book abruptly knocked me off my feet and melted my cynical heart. Forgive me ARCs of April and May, I will read many of you this long weekend!

Synopsis: Irish-American professor, Kate Mereton heads to Ireland, res
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not typically the genre I go for but I had the chance to read this and I'm so glad I did. I was totally drawn in by the setting, Ireland's just one of those magical places I always want to read about. The story was romantic and heart wrenching at times. It's one of those stories where you're literally pages from the end thinking despite everything it's ending one way but then you're surprised. If romance is your genre I definitely recommend giving this a read and even if it isn't if you were int ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knew when I picked this book up I was going to get "all the feels" from it, and what's more I was going to let it happen. That says a lot. I don't do romance novels. I read them on occasion, but I keep my emotional distance.

My life has had all the romance it can handle, with the resulting joy, the pain of loss, the nostalgia, the growth, all of it. I don't want to read it. I've lived it. I already had the best life and love could give. It's not going to come for me again, not at my time of li
Lisa Aiello
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
And now comes the hard part. Finding the words for a review. I enjoyed this book tremendously, but not in the traditional sense. It was slow - much more a character driven story. The writing was phenomenal. I could see every sight clearly. I could taste the sea air. I could feel the chill in the air. This is the story of Kate, who ends up in Ireland to write a research thesis (or dissertation, or one of the college-y things). She ends up meeting some pretty amazing characters, Ozzie being one of ...more
Nancy Baker
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-goodreads
First of all, there is Irish in our family so for that sake, I thoroughly enjoyed the story that of Irish heritage, culture and scenery. The story had a very calming peaceful vibe to it. This is a romance (not my normal genre of reading) but I almost felt it more of a romance or love affair with the land and its history, than a love story between people.

Like the ferries that transport the visitors to the Blasket Islands, I got swept up in the ebb and flow of the story and longed for more histor
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not normally one to read romance novels but the setting of Ireland made me sign up for the giveaway on goodreads and I won. It really does make you think about choices you thought you made for reasons that seemed right for a future and career and the luckiness to be given a second chance. I really loved the whole book and can understand the drive to search for any answer when it comes to looking for them during a period of grief. This book is one that will stay with me for years to come.
Janis Rich
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely phenomenal book. The descriptions of Ireland are beautiful, far better than many I have read from other popular authors. The story of Kate, the main character, takes many twists and turns as she grows into a true adult. This was my first book by J. P. Monninger but I am definitely going to get her previous one.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seven Letters by J.P. Monninger is a full length, standalone romance novel.
Seven Letters tells the story of Kate and Ozzie.
Kate Moreton is a aspiring professor at a prestge college, about to take a leave of absence to complete her studies. Her vtrip leads her to where her roots lie, beautiful, mysterious Ireland.
There she meets Ozzie, an ex-Navy SEAL, now fisherman, a grumpy loner with some serious issues. They fall in insta-love and have a whirlwind relationship. Love conquers everything they s
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Net Galley, JP Monninger and the publisher for the ARC.
I can never resist a tale set in Ireland. Not knowing anything about the Blasket Islands intrigued me even more. It did not disappoint. The descriptions were so realistic that I became transported. Romance driven novels are not my usual genre but I did get swept up in the intensity, drama and genuine love between Ozzie and Kate.
A solid 4*
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking view of love loss and Ireland. When the love of your life doesn't fit in your version of where life should be moving towards what do you do?
Brenda Schneider
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great story. Loved the setting in Ireland. Love the main character. I won this book through goodreads.
Apr 07, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
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Rachel Koch Gonzalez
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar
I was so excited when I won this book. I love books about or in Ireland and about or with Irish people. They just make my heart so happy, so I was really excited to win an ARC of this book.

My favorite part of the book was reading the landscape descriptions of Ireland. Every time the Monninger introduced a new landscape, I had to Google it so that I could fully visualize the location, and while that was fun, it made me yearn to visit Ireland all the more, which isn't super helpful...

I enjoyed th
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019ng, kindle

I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

When you go on vacation in Atlantic City and for days it rains, flash floods and there is even a tornado, you read a lot of books and write the reviews to upload when you are home. LOL. Here we go again -

From the author of The Map That Leads to You comes another
Maria Ryan
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kate Moreton is a Dartmouth PhD student on an academic career path. She is on sabbatical from her teaching position at Dartmouth to research the indigenous people, especially the women, of Blaskett Island off of Ireland’s southwest coast. She is there strictly for research and writing her dissertation or so she says. She is set up in an apartment on her visiting college campus along with a library carrel in which to do her work when she isn’t out in the field. Kate shows up all business but a ch ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't typically read romance novels, but I was offered a chance to read an e-arc of this book by St. Martin's Press/Griffin and NetGalley. This one sounded interesting, so I gave it a try, and I'm so glad I did. I loved the way the story tied so seamlessly to the Irish fable at the beginning of the book. I (mostly) loved the storyline, even though it was just a tad improbable at times. I did not care for the constant sex scenes, even though they weren't explicit, or several of the choices/deci ...more
Kati Berman
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Seven Letters by J. P. Menninger
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I don’t like to give negative reviews but this book was just not what I expected. Kate, a doctoral student at Dartmouth goes to Ireland to research the history of Blasket Islands. She immediately falls in love with Ozzie, a fisherman and marries him after knowing him just a few days or maybe weeks. Then, when things don’t go her way, she leaves him and goes back to the US. The story picks up two
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate Moreton is a PhD candidate at Dartmouth who has an opportunity to go to Ireland to do research on the Blasket Islands. She is very serious about doing her research and vows not to get involved in a love relationship. Kate meets Ozzie, a handsome fisherman who is Irish-American, living now in Ireland and quickly forgets her promise! The two enter into a relationship that proves to be as rocky as the Irish coast! A powerful story that will have the reader turning pages as quickly as possible ...more
Amy Vey
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am completely in love with this book! I couldn't put it down. I literally missed the late Spring snow storm (turned out to be a dusting of snow instead of 7") because I was so engrossed in this book. This story brought me laughs, warmth, tears and heart wrenching aches of places in life where I think we've all been at some point. If you need a book that can bring you back to any level of love, humanness, and the power of forgiveness for yourself and others, this is the book. If you are not sur ...more
Kathy R
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
OMG this is the most enchanting, romantic story I have read in ages! J.P. Monninger is a wonderful wordsmith. The setting, storyline and characters are developed with such care and sensitivity that your senses come to life. You can taste the food, smell the sea, hear the gulls and feel the pull of the sea and countryside. The frame for this incredible picture is Ireland, a magical place all on it’s own, brought to life by this beautiful tale of family, love and faith. This is one of those books ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
This is a quiet story about a couple who has an instant connection but is not fully prepared for all that entails.
This book is beautifully written. There is nothing crazy or out of control but there is a real look at what can happen when you sink yourself into someone and then the world breaks in. It looks at the choices we make and how Pride and fear can get in the way. Everyone has broken pieces. Sometimes they cut those closest to them.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Seven Letters” by J. P. Monninger is more than a love story. It’s a story of survival, growth, friendship, and healing. It’s a story of Ireland and its beauty. And it’s a story of forgiveness– both of others and one’s self. This book is full of well-developed characters that you will come to care about and enjoy. And, who doesn’t love a book with a great dog as a character?!? If you’re looking for a well-written, not-too-sappy love story, look no further. “Seven Letters” is for you. Disclaimer– ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, ebooks, net-galley
The plot of this story grabbed me from the beginning. A well-educated young woman, Kate Moreton, digging deeper into Ireland's history, which happens to be some of her family's history. She is granted a scholarship to fund her research. Once there she is unexpectedly swept off her feet by an unlikely prospect. While I enjoyed the overall story, Kate came across as a selfish brat. Maybe because it was only told from Kate's POV. Had some of it been told from Ozzie's POV it would have created more ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, reviews
Wow I could not put this one down!!! What a beautiful story! From the descriptions of the beauty of Ireland and Italy to this love story of two souls meant to be, this story will tug your heartstrings. The love between the couple, family, friends and strangers they cross paths with makes you think about how we really never know where our paths are going to cross. Appreciate what you have and try not to take things for granted and all those positive sayings play into this story. I look forward to ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an arc, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. J. P. Monninger's writing is truly beautiful and poetic. I could visualize Kate and Ozzie's Ireland, and their adventures at sea while falling deeper in love with these characters who are impulsive and spontaneous. This is a story of love and youth, trusting your instincts, and spending so much time in your own head, that you don't see the real treasure that is right in front of you until you lose it.
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is mostly set in Ireland. The author vividly described it so well, it felt like I was there.

Some parts of the book were very enjoyable, but others, I thought were very slow. I liked it, but didn't love it.

Thank you Net Galley for an ARC of this book for my honest review.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book made me want to go to Ireland - seriously. Some of my ancestors are from Ireland but I never thought about it until I read this book. The first half took my breath away between the incredible descriptions of the countryside and the amazing love story between Kate and Ozzie. I googled all kinds of things while I was reading – so I could see the land where this story took place, see what a clochan looks like (it’s a beehive shaped stone hut), I even went as far to look for one of the loc ...more
Deborah Beasley
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Such a good writer that I could smell the sea and feel the Irish winds in my hair. Not a typical love story but love abounds in this book. Story of redemption and finding a place of peace and happiness.
Sandy Korom
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Satisfying love story
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

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JP MONNINGER, author of The Map that Leads to You, is an award-winning writer in New England and Professor of English at Plymouth State University.

Also writes under the name Joseph Monninger.
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