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  • Hachette Books Ireland
  • Hachette Books Ireland

The Heart of Summer

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

4 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The spell-binding new novel in the Finfarren series.

It seems that, at last, Hanna Casey has everything she's hoped for. Happy with Brian Morton in their house in the Hag's Glen, she's no longer worried about her daughter Jazz, who's settled in Hanna's former home, with a thriving business specialising in natural cosmetics. Hanna's ex, Malcolm, is keeping his distance; and she's loving her work with Owen Walsh in Lissbeg Library.

Until Brian's twenty-four year old son Mike turns up and, one by one, the cracks in Hanna's contentment begin to open.

When The Dream Changer a small, exclusive cruise ship docks at Ballyfin, Hanna reunites with Lucy Ellis, one of the three girls she shared a London flat with before meeting Malcolm. Now a widow with plenty of money, Lucy suggests a reunion with the other flatmates, and invites Hanna to stay with her in Sussex, within striking distance of London's bright lights.

But from the moment she arrives in Lucy's lovely home, everything about the visit recalls her own sophisticated past and offers her exciting opportunities. Then, when she meets Nicholas Asquith, a handsome retired banker who shares her love of art and books, she finds herself attracted to him. Here's her chance to be something more than the Lissbeg librarian lady who's settled back into the rural community where she was raised.

Hanna has some tough choices to make about her future ...

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Praise for The Heart of Summer

  • A sparkling, life-affirming novel -- sunshine on the page - Cathy Kelly on The Month of Borrowed Dreams

  • Warm-hearted ... reminiscent of Maeve Binchy and Roisin Meaney - Irish Examiner on Summer at the Garden Cafe

  • For fans of Maeve Binchy ... If you like reading a feel-good novel set in Ireland, then take a journey to the edge of the world - Sunday Independent on The Library at the Edge of the World

  • A charming and heart-warming story - Jenny Colgan on The Library at the Edge of the World

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Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Felicity Hayes-McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland. She read English and Irish language and literature at UCD before moving to England in the 1970s to train at The Drama Studio, London. Her work as a writer includes television and radio drama, features, documentaries, dramatisations and adaptations; screenplays; music theatre; children's books, and interactive multimedia products.
She and her husband, opera director Wilfred Judd, live in Corca Dhuibhne and in Bermondsey, London. She blogs about life in both places on her website

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