The Irish Goodbye | By Amy Ewing






Book Review | NetGalley E-ARC | Contemporary Romance

The Irish Goodbye
Cordelia James was once at the top of her game—a renowned street photographer with a massive social media following, gallery showings in Chelsea, and a lucrative book deal. But after the sudden death of her father, Cordelia can barely force herself to leave her apartment. That is, until she sees an ad for a summer gig at a cozy cottage on Ireland’s picturesque Inishmore island. Cordelia is on a plane before she can talk herself out of it. The moment she steps off the boat, she crashes—literally—into Niall O’Connor, a grumpy local who’s just returned home to Inishmore from Dublin. Niall is nursing a broken heart and trying to patch up a broken life, and he has no time for posh American tourists. The more Cordelia’s and Niall’s paths cross, the more they make each other’s lives hell. But as with all rivalries, their hatred is about to reach a tipping point—and it’s going to heat up their cool coastal nights. Featuring a lovable band of quirky supporting characters, The Irish Goodbye is a steamy, emotionally gripping tale of love, passion, art, food, and finding where you belong. (






My thoughts









Narrative and Plot








We follow Cordelia who lives in New York but goes on a break to Innishmore in Ireland to take a break from life in general after grief struck her big time. Then we have Niall, who is returning to Innishmore from Dublin after his life turned upside down.



Grief and pain are a big part of the book, especially during the first half. It is all about how two broken hearts mend each other and find love. The narrative is a bit muddled as it shifts from Cordelia to Niall in the same chapters. Other than that, the pacing was good, and it didn’t overstay its welcome.











Characters and Conflicts
















This is one of those stories where hate to love is executed in the right manner. Cordelia and Niall are in a bad place at the beginning of the book and hate each other because of their own narrow view of the world. As they begin to heal, they see the world and each other in a new light.

This gives them an opportunity to try a second chance at happiness. The story has a rich ensemble cast that keeps things entertaining, to say the least.

The final conflict is realistic, but it came with a lot of flair and drama. But sometimes, things are dramatic in life too, especially where relationships are considered.



















Overall, I enjoyed this romance. It was a quick and easy read. If you are looking for a novel that talks about healing and moving on with a bit of an Irish charm and romance, this is your pick.

















About the Author
















I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.








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