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Blessed Are the Cheesemakers

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,995 ratings  ·  467 reviews
Set on a small Irish dairy farm, this tender and funny debut novel follows two lost souls as they try to carve out new lives amid a colorful cast of characters reminiscent of those in the hit film Waking Ned Divine. Abby has been estranged from the family farm since her rebellious mother ran off with her when she was a small child. Kit is a burned out New York stockbroker ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2002)
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Kevin Kern I got mine from the library, but it is now available at both Amazon and It is a very good book. After 15 years, parts of the story…moreI got mine from the library, but it is now available at both Amazon and It is a very good book. After 15 years, parts of the story stick with me.(less)

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Dorothyanne Brown
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
To give full context, I'm in the middle of a move, tied up with family concerns, and otherwise surviving the end of a particularly nasty winter. I kept this book out of the packed file because I planned to read it and leave it behind.
Within the first few pages, I realized that there was no way I could do that. I have to keep this sweet, loveable book nearby. The magical cheese farm of the Josephs Corrigan and Feehan, with its gaggle of singing pregnant milkmaids and cows that milk best to the
Chris Conley
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a charming, sweet book! Abbey’s and Kit’s stories are woven through this story of cheese making and life in a world easy to recognize. Sweet story.
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Cheese lovers, unite! I eat cheese everyday, so the title drew me in. One thing I found charming was how, in the beginning, the cheese was personified as an angry female who was offended at being left in the fridge to rot. This is just one of the odd/fun ways of writing in Lynch's novel. Another neat thing were the "quotes" on the art of cheesemaking. For example, I never thought about how good cheese needs to come from good grass(the cow's food) ... and even the rain, sun, and time effect the ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me of a Maeve Binchy novel. It is a tender tale of redemption and second chances. Deep in County Cork, Joseph Corrigan (Corry) and Joseph Feehan (Fee) make small batches of world famous cheese. Their two families have worked together for many generations, one family providing the milk and the other, the cheese making genius. When we first meet the old boys, they are interviewing for a new dairymaid. Her qualifications must be that she can carry a tune, has short fingernails, ...more
Martha Wewer
May 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Vacationers and beach bums
If I could give it 2 and 1/2 stars, I would. Not particularly well-written or all that funny. It was cute. By no means was it a deep and thoughtful romance. It was on the level with Danielle Steele novels (both in story content and complexity of read) versus Anita Shreve. I give it 3 stars because it's fun, quick and perfect for the summer. Those of you who have read my reviews know that I am totally into mindless "chick-lit" right now and this was perfect for me with one personal exception ...more
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
So worth reading, I can't tell you !
Every now and then I think to myself 'I wish I were a cheesemaker...'
Quirky tale of the love inherent in making good cheese and the redemption and reclamation of young women gone 'awry'.
Perhaps it doesn't deserve a 5 star, but I give it that because of the delightful old men that put their love and patience and energy into ripening their cheese...
Laugh out loud funny. Sweet and memorable, the taste lingers in my memory still.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After being on a fantasy/mystery/steampunk kick the past year (+), my Aunt and I felt it was time for a little genre change (we read together long distance). She found this book, and I was excited to try something new. I had no expectations other than someone compared it in a review to Waking Ned Devine, and I love that movie, which I guess set the bar sorta high.... (& now I could not agree more in the sense of two old best friends and a great tale!)

The story moves quick, with character
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely amusing audiobook. I loved the narrator, Heather O'Neill, she had so many different voices and accents that were at times funny and at times serious. I don't know if they were necessarily authentic but I really enjoyed listening.

The book started out in three different locations Ireland, New York City, and the Pacific Island Ate'ate, but converges on the Coolarney cheese factory in Ireland. This is not a story for those who are offended by language, fecking (Irish
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I started this book, I thought it was a cute, easy summer read. At about page 230 it got really weird, and although I wanted to find out how it ended, I really didn't like it.

This reminded me of a bad "Lifetime made for TV movie."
Beth Gabor
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was so much fun! It is indeed a love story, similar to Chocolat, but the real love story isnt between the two you would suspect. Pick this book up when you want something light and fun and you need a good chuckle.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was recommended by a friend as I do love foodie magical realism when done well.
This book is not particularly funny (as I had seen it billed) nor well written, the standards of chick lit are there, nonsensical love interests, sexual daydreams and some quite predictable plot twists.
BUT having said that, it was a nice fluff read between heavier novels and I enjoyed the link to cheese, though I didn’t think this was nearly well explored as the soap opera surrounding it... pregnant
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: magical-realism
(3.5 stars) Three stories come together in an Irish dairy farm. Corrie and Fee are the elderly cheesemakers, who are desperate to find the next generation before it is too late. Their operation is a labor of love, with many quirks, including pregnant, vegetarian milkmaids who milk to the Sound of Music. Abbey is the granddaughter who was taken away from the farm by her mother, and after marrying at a young age, she lives on a Pacific Island with her husband who is obsessed with irrigation. When ...more
Jamie Erin
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blessed Are the Cheesemakers is a fun, cozy read. It’s very easy to get into, and has many likeable characters.

Set primarily in Ireland, the story has elements of magical realism, such as an old cheesemaker with the ability to see into the future, and cheeses with magical attributes.

I really enjoyed the narrator’s voice. You can almost hear a warm smile in her words as she unfolds the story. Although this book addresses some heavy issues (such as alcoholism, adultery and even death), there is
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Really good fast read. Not a deep thinking book, but a really sweet and surprisingly funny romance, but not just a romance and not a sickingly sweet romance. I laughed out loud a few times. Fee was my favorite character. I want to try some good cheese now. My tastes are really low. Cache Valley cheese is my premier.

Abby has been estranged from the family farm since her rebellious mother ran off with her when she was a small child. Kit is a burned out New York stockbroker who's down on his luck.
Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it
This was fun. I think if I were British - or Irish - or Australian - or something - I would have given it another star. The colloquialisms kind of threw me for a loop -trying to figure out how we might say the same thing here in America. The idea - a dairy farm in Ireland that crafts sublime cheese made using milk gathered by pregnant vegetarian young women from cows all named Maria, and the characters including a psychic old man and a farm full of quirky characters- calls Alice Hoffman to mind ...more
Nov 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Former Irish tourists, cheese lovers, and people needing a sense of family
Recommended to Kimberly by: Dixie
This book was, at the risk of sounding cliche, magical. I would have read it just for the way the dialogue is written in a blatant Irish accent. The relationship between the two cheesemakers and their little "family" is so tender. The ending actually produced blurry vision; I was surprised to find myself crying. And the ill will they harbor for their pasteurizer, Old Fart Arse, made me chuckle a few times. If you're sensitive to graphic sexual references, though, I'd skip this book.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the Irish dialect and the great local characters. I loved the idead of such a place and such people. I have been reading too many 'deep' books lately and this one was refreshing and just plain fun.

I also loved the cheese making. I think it would be a blast to learn how to make cheese.
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jacinda Buss
Recommended to Carol by: Gina M.
Fun read! Loved the wacky characters. Loved the British humor. Loved the cheese chronicles at the beginning of each chapter. The story works ... don't take anything too seriously. Lots of surprises. Now this is a summer read!
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another pseudomym of Sophie's? What is her real name, I wonder.

This book is zany but fun to read: most events are improbable but add to the plot, just as the events in her Shopaholic do.
Good for some great laughs mixed with sorrow and revenge.
The charactes make the story.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really enjoyable book. I found myself literally laughing out loud at parts. I listened to the audiobook (unabridged, of course) and thought the narrator was really great - definitely added to the character of the book.
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute, quirky characters. Didn't love it as much as "The Wedding Bees" but I enjoy her ability to infuse magical bits into the story-line (much like my favorite author, Sarah Addison Allen.)
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm sure none of my friends could ever have guessed that a quirky magical-realist fluffy-with-dark-edges cheesemaking romance would be right up my alley. None at all.
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book this year because I laughed out loud, I cried, and I want to go live with the characters. A very fun, quick read. Thanks for recommending it Karen!
Natalia Iwanyckyj
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story of imperfect people and divine timing. Enjoyed learning about cheese-making lore. Liked all of the characters, especially Fee. Going directly to another book by the same author.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely escape read that make me laugh and cry!!
I think it would be a fabulous movie reminiscent of Waking Ned Devine.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full of great quotes about cheesemakers! Like: only honest people can make cheese! As a former cheesemaker myself, ofcourse I loved it!
Mary Catherine
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Blend a peaceful countryside, understanding people, problems and a little mystery and you have a great book to curl up with and want to finish in one sitting.
Chris Levernier
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! There are truly good people in the world!!!
Jennielle Potter
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
There were so many plot holes and it was very predictable besides the end where someone miraculously returns. It was hard to get into and then I just kept hoping it would get better. I like the concept and the description of cheese and the making of it and the pregnant girls at the dairy farm in Ireland. The love story was extremely weak and dare I say... cheesy. There were many plot holes that never got filled in, like his life back home and her husband back on the island. It was like they were ...more
K. East
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give this book 2.5 stars if that were possible. By the end of the third chapter you can already figure out where the plot is going and how it will end, and I almost gave up on it then because it felt like a Hallmark special romance. But I found the characters just quirky enough to keep reading. There were plots elements that were different enough -- the baby issue on the Pacific islands, the dead wife in NYC, the Pregasurus -- but from the start, the story just felt silly. Sort of ...more
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Sarah-Kate Lynch is quite a cranky journalist of several decades who prefers making things up to recording them accurately. This is not very good if you are a journalist, which may explain (a) the crankiness and (b) why she now writes novels.

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