A Mother’s Heart

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Pub Date 26 May 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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How far would you go to protect your family?

’Full of heart and essential truth, this moving book will sweep you to a very satisfying ending and perhaps a few happy tears’ KATIE FFORDE

‘A riveting family saga, with terrific characters, that has you utterly engrossed from start to finish. I loved it’ PATRICIA SCANLAN

‘I absolutely adored every page of it . . . No one blends love and loss, happiness and heartbreak quite the way Carmel does. Not since the late, great Maeve Binchy’ CLAUDIA CARROLL

‘An emotional family drama . . . full of the warmth we’ve come to associate with Carmel’s writing’ HAZEL GAYNOR

‘An exploration of familial love and grief . . . and how in the face of our greatest trials, our strongest bonds can be forged’ ROISIN MEANEY

’Warm, uplifting and thought-provoking . . . The perfect book club read!’ DEBBIE JOHNSON

‘Beautifully written, warm and wise. I adored it’ ALEX BROWN

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
While Rachel Butler likes her life in a pretty Dublin coastal village, her heart lies in Hawke’s Bay, where she grew up. Visiting for the first time since tragedy tore her family apart, she and her stepchildren fall for its beauty and outdoor lifestyle.

Malahide, Ireland
As Rachel picks up the threads of her life as a single parent, she can’t shake off the memories of her loving family in New Zealand – and her dream house, the villa on the bay. But it’s time to move forwards with their life in Ireland, close to the children’s grandparents, amid the familiar surroundings they all know well.

Until the children’s grandmother, still grieving, starts to interfere, questioning Rachel's position as stepmother.

Until Rachel’s attempts to strengthen the family she loves so dearly backfires, pitting everyone against each other.

And until her late husband’s parents mend the rift that has existed as long as she’s been married – bringing with them an explosive secret . . .

How far would you go to protect your family?

’Full of heart and essential truth, this moving book will sweep you to a very satisfying ending and perhaps a few happy tears’ KATIE FFORDE

‘A...


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Featured Reviews

I loved this book. The characters were all great and the descriptions of New Zealand were so good that I could see the scenery in my head. A wonderful book. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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One of my favourite authors! This was a lovely read. I did find Sheila hard to read at times but that means she was very realistic. You'd avoid her in real life! And as we understood her more, my sympathy grew. I loved all the characters as well as the two settings. An engrossing read with a perfect ending.

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📚 Book Review 📚 A Mothers Heart By Carmel Harrington -
🗓Publication Date - 26th May 2022

❤️📚 This is the 2nd book I have read by Carmel. Loved this one just as much as the last!

You know that feeling… when you get in bed and it’s fresh sheets, when it’s freezing outside and you get home and it’s all cosy. That’s exactly what Carmel’s books make me feel like …. ❤️

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
While Rachel Butler likes her life in a pretty Dublin coastal village, her heart lies in Hawke’s Bay, where she grew up. Visiting for the first time since tragedy tore her family apart, she and her stepchildren fall for its beauty and outdoor lifestyle.

Malahide, Ireland
As Rachel picks up the threads of her life as a single parent, she can’t shake off the memories of her loving family in New Zealand – and her dream house, the villa on the bay. But it’s time to move forwards with their life in Ireland, close to the children’s grandparents, amid the familiar surroundings they all know well.

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This is a book that pulls on the heartstrings.
Rachel is a step-mother to Olivia and Dylan, their tragedy begins when they first lose their mother but then they lose their father and Rachel becomes not a step-mom but a father aswell.
Thinks get complicated with so many grandparents involved in the story but Rachel is determined to make this a strong and happy home.

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Never in Rachel's wildest dreams did she imagine that after marrying Lorcan who was a widower with two children she would end up being a single parent. Rachel loves the children as her own and they call her mom but she has fierce opposition from their birth mother's parents.

Rachel has lived in Dublin village since marrying Lorcan but a recent holiday to her hometown in New Zealand has proved to her how much she misses her own parents and her sister. She hasn't made many friends in Dublin. She has very little contact with her in-laws and the children's other grandmother is making her life hell.
When the children unwittingly tell their grandmother that Rachel was looking at a house for sale in New Zealand, well, life for Rachel is going to get much much harder.

What a good read this was. As an avid reader I usually think I can guess what will happen after a few chapters of a book. Who will fall in love with who etc. Not in this book, I was totally wrong in nearly everything I guessed on.
This is quite a roller coaster of a read. I worried for Rachel all through the book. She was surrounded by love by her family in New Zealand but back in Dublin her life seemed to be so lonely except for the children who are sweethearts.
I understood how much she needed her own family around her but I also ( as a grandmother myself) understood how much the children's maternal grandparents would miss them if they went to New Zealand especially after losing their daughter.
Shelia the grandmother went about things the wrong way and only she could fix them.
There were lovely descriptions in this book especially the ones about the stars. It has me looking up at the sky at night and thinking.
All the characters were likable in their own way. I especially liked Rachel and her family and Jack.
I just love Carmel's books and have a hard job putting them down.

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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.

An Absolutely Beautifully Written Book.

What I loved about it was, how Carmel wrote about Rachel abc the relationship between Olivia and Dylan, her two children, as well as the grandparents, all three of them, Annie & Joe, Sheila & Adrian and Belinda & Oscar. They all live and adore the children and want to see them in their lives.

I just couldn’t put it down. The story will make you laugh and cry. There is some twists and it’s packed of family drama.

I highly recommend this book.

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Thank you to #NetGalley for my advance copy of #AMother’sHeart by #CarmelHarrington
Whenever I pick up a book by Carmel I make sure I’m not going to be disturbed. It’s like falling into a comfy sofa.
You know that you are going to be totally engrossed within minutes and only emerge for coffee and custard creams.
This is the story of Rachel and her two gorgeous children Olivia and Dylan and what happens when family’s get their wires crossed.
Be warned you will cry (well I did🥲🥲🥲).
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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