It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

It Was Only Ever You by Kate KerriganIt Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan
Also by this author: Recipe for a Perfect Marriage
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
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Set in late 1950s Ireland and New York, the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.

Set, like Maeve Binchy's early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.

Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognize his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality.

But in the end, Patrick Murphy's heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?

From the synopsis of this story alone, it sounded to me like it was going to be a convoluted mess.  I was a little hesitant about it at first but just a few pages in I was enamored with the era, in a few chapters I fell in love with the setting and by the end of the story, I became wholeheartedly involved with the characters in this book. 

Historical Fiction is not an easy genre to write and even harder to get right but Kate Kerrigan does such an amazing job in capturing this era, from the scenery to the attitude of this time. 

A story about one man and the different ladies in his life sounds a bit much for even me, a hardcore romantic, I love a good love triangle but this was much bigger than that. I will admit I was a bit charmed by Patrick and really wanted him and all the women in this book to happy. It was very interesting to see the role they all played in his life. I wasn’t sure how it would all work out,  I just read and read so I could get my answers!  It was so hard for me to pick a side! By the time it ended, I was emotionally invested with each and every one of the four characters, that I was heartbroken, relieved and not ready for it to end all at once! 

Oh and the COVER ROCKS!!

 

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