As we get ready to don the green on the 17th, I’m in the mood to read about some heroes and heroines with brogues or who find each other in the Emerald Isle. I am half Irish, and will be having family and friend celebrations for weeks. But for a fun night of reading one of these lovely tales, I might need a shamrock shake, too.
|My favorite Irish romance hero will always be Eve Dallas’ Roarke from the J.D. Robb In Death series. Listening to the audio versions has given me a clear picture of the Irishman with his accent and charm. Great in a crisis, a technological genius, one of the world’s wealthiest men, and extremely good looking are only a few of his attributes. During some of the stories, the couple travels to Ireland to explore Roarke’s past. If you haven’t listened to the series, start with Naked in Death and keep going. Nora Roberts has also written Irish trilogies and stand alone titles.|
|While her stories carry an equal share of love and heartbreak, no list of Irish romances is complete without Maeve Binchy. The Silver Wedding follows the friends and family of Deirdre and Desmond Doyle as they prepare for their 25th anniversary. In the past everyone thought Deirdre married down, and she wants everyone to see her glorious triumph, while chapters following their children and friends show that not everything glitters.|
|Marian Keyes also provides readers with plenty of broken hearts that find mending and healing through a community of supporters. Watermelon is her first book and the first of her popular Walsh sisters tales featuring the quirky large family. Claire gives birth to her first child, a son, on the same day that her husband decides to leave her. She and the baby move back in with her family to find her footing.|
|Amy Stolls takes readers on a road trip in her story The Ninth Wife. Bess Gray meets Irish musician Rory and falls in love, only to learn he has been married eight times before. Bess takes a trip to meet all the previous wives to help her decide if she wants to become wife number nine. Questions about what makes a good marriage and what being in love means get answered in her quest.|
|Deliliah Marvelle’s Forever a Lady features wealthy widow Lady Bernadette, whose reputation is becoming tarnished as opportunistic men come after her. But when she is attacked, a secretive Irish-American with a criminal past comes to her rescue. British historical fans can enjoy their Irish romance connection here.|
|Historical fans will enjoy this trip to Ireland also. Being kidnapped to Ireland helped Sarah Clarke-Townsend find her true love in the fifth of Mary Jo Putney’s Lost Lords series, Sometimes a Rogue. Sarah stands in as her twin to save her pregnant sister, and is found by Bow Street Runner Rob Carmichael. They travel across Ireland to avoid the villains, and engage in a tempestuous courtship.|
|Jill Marie Landis’ brings sweet romance stories to Irish immigrants after the American Civil War in her Irish Angels series, beginning with Heart of Stone. Immigrant Laura had a terrible childhood and has now established herself as a respectable widow in Glory, Texas. She keeps admirer Reverend Brand McCormick away as she does not want her past revealed and possibly hurt his future.|
My Irish grandmother loved medical romances, so I could also read some of those in her honor for the green day. What is your favorite Irish romance or St. Patrick’s Day tradition?
Bio:Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at http://www.amyalessio.com/.
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