The Cosy Cottage in Ireland
by Julie Caplin
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Pub Date 29 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2021
HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, One More Chapter
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Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin…
Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breathtaking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together again–for better or worse.
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Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this ARC! Loved this book! I nearly read it in a whole sitting. Can’t wait fir more!
Immediately drawn in to the comfortable and warm setting of the first paragraph and The perfect meet cute. From The beginning I was intrigued to see where the story would go (although I could hazard a guess!) The descriptions of Ireland at the beginning (during her journey) were wonderful and I could imagine I was right there in that car with her. I loved reading about all of the characters that she meets, all so vivid and distinct. Getting to know them all was a pure delight. I felt like I could really connect with Hannah and how she was feeling, the story was very relatable and nothing was too far a stretch for my poor imagination. This book has made me want to drop everything and go to a cookery school in Ireland and that’s really saying something as I hate cooking. The added jeopardy towards the end of The book really bought it all together for me and then that ending sewed the deal resulting in a huge 5/5 stars!
An utterly charming and cosy read for this autumn. Julie Caplin is whisking readers away to the Emerald Isle with a story of romance, following your heart, taking chances and getting out of your comfort zone. The eighth book in this ‘Romantic Escapes’ series is set in beautiful Ireland, closer to home but still had me aching to get on a plane! If you haven’t come across this series the books are written as standalones, although connected through characters to previous books. I would implore you to read the rest of the series though, some of my favourite locations, characters and mouthwatering descriptions of food and drink you’ll read! The Cosy Cottage in Ireland had me hooked from the first page, and I read in one glorious sitting. I loved the setting, the characters, and the story. Hannah is the sister of a character from the last book, she has been risk averse all her life and we meet her taking a leap of faith and doing something very out of character. Before heading to a world-famous culinary school, she meets a handsome, charming stranger and that meeting is the start of a whirlwind of ups and downs for her. Hannah is out of her comfort zone in so many ways, but as the weeks progress and as relationships with her fellow students develop, she starts to feel like her life is need of change and that perhaps Ireland holds the key. Conor has given up a life others could only dream about, supporting his Mum with the culinary school is enough and creating dream cottages on their land is fuelling his creativity. He worries about getting close to people, he has been used by most people in his past and he is determined it will never happen again. The chemistry and attraction between these two characters just cannot be denied, jumping off the page. They compliment each other perfectly, even when they don’t realise it themselves. Hannah is the most unromantic heroine and Conor is quick to jump to the wrong conclusion. When they need to work together, can they put differences aside? LOVE LOVE LOVE. I was charmed by the descriptions of Ireland but the descriptions of the food, wow. I enjoyed the cast of characters, the humour (seriously couldn’t we have had a grand total of that swear jar ha!) and the heart that comes through the authors writing. I have an idea where we may end up next, or at least some time in the future and I cannot wait. That being said, I hope we get to hear about a few of these characters again… (Please!!!!) Perfect for cosying up and devouring in one go!
With grateful thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest opinion. Having read a lot of the other books by this author, I was delighted to read this early. What a fabulous heartwarming book its a total delight to read them total escapism at its best, i can highly recommend this book ❤
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy. This book had me hooked from the beginning. The setting of this story was beautiful, the characters each had their stories. The main character Hannah, has avoided taking risks unlike her sister from the previous book Mina. Now, she makes a decision which is so unlike her. She’s on her way to a world-famous culinary school, stopping on route to break up the journey. In a hotel, she meets a charming stranger, this is the start of ups and downs for her as she has no idea of who he is, which becomes clear later. So out of her comfort zone, when she reaches the school unlike the others there, as the course progresses. As she gets to know the others, Hannah starts to realise that maybe she needs to make changes in her life and maybe that change can be Ireland. Conor, the guy she meets, led a life that some can only dream of having, and now has left it behind. He’s now assisting his Mum in the culinary school, which he prefers as well as creating dream cottages on their land. Afraid of getting close to people as in the past he’s been used by them for their own needs and he’s never going to let it happen again. Between Hannah and Conor, the attraction is evident. But Conor is adamant nothing can happen between them. So, when they have to work together, will they be able to put differences aside? You could relate to Hannah with what she felt as well as the other characters. Love this series and hope there’s more to come. Highly Recommend It.
The book I’ve been waiting months for and it did not disappoint! Hannah, a lawyer from Manchester, takes a sabbatical to attend a cooking course in Ireland. She wants a change after doing the same thing forever and she doesn’t know how to cook! While on her way there she has a chance encounter with Conor in Dublin, while trying to hide him from a girl who he clearly wants to get away from. Hannah is sister of Mina from another book in the series but you don’t really need to have read it as all of these books work together as standalone books as well as the series. I loved, loved, loved Hannah and Conor from the second they met. Hannah is sensible and not really a risk taker but being away from home and on a bit of an adventure does something to her. Conor just happened to be in the right place at the right time and well, sparks flew between them. These two characters have so much chemistry and I couldn’t get enough of the playful, fun flirting between the two. Their personalities were great and I honestly sat and smiled throughout pretty much the whole book. Each character also has a lot that you want more of, Hannah especially. I loved seeing such a strong female character and how she handled certain situations. This book also has a whole host of secondary characters that I couldn’t get enough of. I hope we get to see some of them in other books from Julie Caplin. The Cosy Cottage in Ireland was definitely worth waiting for and I couldn’t put it down after I’d started reading.
A wonderfully warm and charming story with good food, a beautiful Irish setting and friendly characters. I loved getting to know Hannah and really identified with her from the very beginning - unwilling the break out of her comfort zone the two sides of her character were brilliant to see unfold. The cottage sounded idyllic and I’d have loved to stay and walk along that beautiful beach. As always Julie Caplin has written a beautifully romantic story and this one simply whisks you away from it all.
WOW, I absolutely loved this book and just couldn't read it quickly enough. Beautifully described locations in Ireland, some wonderful sounding food and drink and some totally charming characters. This story will most definitely leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling that only a well written romantic story can. I heartily recommend reading this book.
This book was sent to me on Kindle by Netgalley for review. I love the Irish setting and the Irish names. There is a mystery to solve...characters who are different and fun...the protagonist is making life changing decisions. The cooking school aspect is unique and adds to the story. I can’t wait to read more by this author.
I read this in one sitting. I have read other books by this author and absolutely get taken away to the setting of the book in which case this time it is Ireland. The descriptions of Ireland were wonderful almost as if I could picture myself there along the journey. I felt like I could really connect with Hannah and how she was feeling. The story was very relatable and nothing seemed to out there. I'm ready to pack my bags and head to Ireland for my own adventure!
4.5 - "Life at Killorgally is always and adventure..." Stars! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Julie Caplin, I first discovered her writing through the Romantic Escapes books, and I'm happy to see it's still going strong with The Cosy Cottage in Ireland being the eighth addition to the series. "What happens in Dublin, stays in Dublin…" As I have come to expect, the story is filled with a plethora of interesting and entertaining secondary characters, and Connor and Hannah’s story reminded me just why I like this authors writing so much. Opposites attract with these two, and I loved they way they worked through all of the obstacles in the way of potentially having a meaningful relationship together, as a reader you get to see them falling in love with each other, before either of them even realizes it themselves. There was something about Ireland that made her want to act out of character… Another winner from this author, I need to go back and read the previous books I’ve missed from the series now.
I loved this book! This whole series is very enjoyable. It's easy to read this book as a standalone but I would definitely recommend reading the other books as they're great. I've recently watched the episode of Somebody Feed Phil where he travels to Ireland and the Ballymaloe Cookery School. That's what I was picturing in my mind while reading this book. Can't wait for further books in this series! I really hope Izzy gets the next one! I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperCollins UK through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, HarperCollins UK!
Well done Julie you have only gone and done it again your books are simply fantastic and so gripping and with this book I felt I was drawn in to the characters and the country to and the lovely countryside so well written and full of romance and making new friends and changing your life for the better. Worth far more than five stars and didn’t want it to end as so brilliant. Hannah is a lawyer and needs to change something in her life and for a change she decides to book herself on to a 12 week cookery course with a famous cook family in Ireland. She heads over to Ireland and on the first night in a hotel she ends up sleeping with Connor not knowing who he is but she thinks it’s a one night stand. She wakes up and travels to the beautiful village where her cookery course is and she starts making new friends but when the son of the person running the course turns up it’s only Connor who she slept with and can she manage to resist him again or not. Can she learn to cook as well or not and will she get to help others along the way and will she head home or change her life forever. An outstanding read.
Hannah Campbell is a successful Manchester lawyer. After the deaths of her parents she has become extremely risk-averse and has come to the conclusion that it has stopped her from seizing opportunities. When a new work colleague seems to effortlessly fit in and make friends, then bake a magnificent cake for the office Bake Off competition, Hannah is unreasonably jealous and so she decides to take a sabbatical and book herself on a six-week cookery class in Killorgally, County Kerry. When she arrives in Dublin she meets a good-looking young Irishman called Conor and uncharacteristically ends up having a one-night stand. Conor is obviously a bit of a ladies man so when Hannah wakes up in the morning she has no idea how to act casual and shrug off the fling, so she decides to sneak out and leave for Killorgally immediately. I bet everyone knows what's coming. Hannah may not have a clue who Conor is, but he's a very famous person in Ireland and when he comes home to Killorgally and finds her there he's convinced she's stalking him. I have seen a few of Julie Caplin's books in this series available as ARCs and, I'll be honest, I shied away from them as I was concerned that they would be a bit too twee. As they say in Pretty Woman, 'Big Mistake, Huge'. Yes, it's a cosy romance but I loved all the characters, the wonderful descriptions of the cookery school, the cottage, the landscape. It's the sort of book that makes you want to immediately sell up and go and raise chickens and grow your own vegetables (even though I hate gardening of any description and I only got 12 tomatoes from my two tomato plants this year). Thoroughly enjoyable, I only hope that Izzy gets her own book as I quite fancy the idea of a woman inheriting a run-down Scottish castle. Ideal for fans of Katie Fforde. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter Thank You for providing me with a copy of this amazing new story! NetGalley Thank you for the opportunity! And the amazing Author Thank You for writing this great story! Even though this is book.eight and I just started this out of the blue. I honestly don't feel like I was lost in the story jumping right into book eight! The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin was a delight to read! I was immediately drawn into the comfortable and warm scenes of the first pages. A lovely feel good book, packed with fun and adventure. I really liked the story and would read another book by this author. The writing style was fascinating and held my attention throughout it all! Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is looking for a change from her workaholic life! So she books a place at at the Killorgally Cookery School in Dublin. Her first night there she can't help but feel drawn and feel a strong connection to Conor a handsome stranger. Will Hannah find herself and love in the next six weeks while in the beautiful city of Dublin?! I've got to get my hands on the first seven books! Believe I have found my new binge worthy series! Thanks again NetGalley, Publisher and Author for the chance to read and review this amazing book! I'll post to my Social media platforms closer to pub date!
Hannah needs a change - so much so that she books a 12 week (that's a long time!) cooking course in Ireland. A one night stand - or what she thought would be a one night stand- turns out to be so much more for both of them. Connor not only helps his mom with her cooking school, he's famous in his own right. The back and forth between these two is delightful, the setting fun, and the story zips along. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. A fun read.
After having enjoyed the story on the Little Swiss Ski Chalet which tales about Hannah’s sister Mina I really looked forward reading this book. This book is a stand alone but knowing the story of Mina and their parents, which was explained in depth in the previous book is an extra bonus. Hannah who is the sensible and steady sister hardly does anything out of the ordinary. To her own surprise she jumps on a stranger’s lap in the lobby of the hotel she is staying in overnight before driving to the Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. The next morning, she sneaks out of his room, thinking she will never see him again… Upon arrival in the cookery school, she meets the owner and teacher, Adrienne Byrne, and is being escorted to her cosy cottage by her youngest son Fergus. A little later she has a big shock as Conor seems to be there too. The classes taka a start and although Hannah is not the best student, she does enjoy it all. Especially feeding the chickens in the morning. Some fun and less fun things happen and of course the path to the end is not smooth but the total ride is a nice one and I could see myself staying in such a cosy cottage in County Kerry too. I love this quote from the book: 'Just don't want things to go off the boil on the way home,' he teased, in a low, throaty voice. 'You are a chef, I'm sure you're quite adept at keeping things simmering.' 'Oh, I am,' he agreed, his hand inching a little higher. I like it that Julie describes some scenes briefly and let the rest to the readers imagination. Characters 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Writing Style 9 | Plot 9 | Intrigue 9 | Logic 9 | Enjoyment 9 | Score 9.00 = 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written and each character was someone I wanted to meet. I was completely ensconced in the Killorgally cookery school and the interactions with the school attendees and the family. I loved as the story of Conor and Hannah unfolded he really met his match there. The description of the scenery and the sighting of the dolphin was both exciting and a little scary at the same time. I felt myself whisked away to the Irish countryside and beaches as well as the farm. Although i never wanted it to end I couldn't put it down. Brilliant.
Will she be England-Hannah or Ireland-Hannah? That's our protagonist's foremost question, and one that a random hookup may help to solve. There's a little bit of mystery and a whole lot of romance amid the varied cast of characters. (I'd love to see a second book featuring Jason and Fliss in the future.) Packed with foodie tidbits and vivid descriptions of the Emerald Isle, this book will make you want to immediately book a trip to Ireland!
Novels that are set in Ireland have really grown on me and I now find them captivating and enjoyable.. This one was a real pleasure to read and I can't wait for more. I recommend you read this and enjoy it as I have done. 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this eARC
It’s always such a pleasure to read one of Julie’s gorgeous books, and this one was not an exception. Straight away I was gripped by the story, Hannah was an interesting character and I loved her introduction to Conor! The setting was beautifully written, I really want to go visit Ireland, just on the back of the stunning descriptions in this amazing book! It’s a brilliant storyline that kept me intrigued and entranced throughout ❤️
I really enjoyed this sweet book set in Ireland at a cookery school. Another winner from Julie Caplin. I enjoyed one of her books that was set in Switzerland and loved it, so, I was thrilled when I was approved this one. I’ve only read two chapters of hers but will be looking out for more when I can. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
A cosy cottage, with some good food, a good looking man, who also happens to be a famous chef. A lawyer who provides cover, a cookery course, good food, drink, Ireland, and a troublesome neighbour. All the setting needed for a good read, in an armchair with some drink to hand. I loved this, humour, romance, food, drink and sex all to hand.
A really cosy read in one sitting book set in Ireland, beautifully described making you feel you are really there. A perfect book to read in autumn with just the right amount of romance. Totally recommend. Thank you netgalley
Julie Caplin has a talent for describing places so well you want to shoot off there and explore for yourself. There is so much in this book that I loved, Hannah a successful, workaholic lawyer comes to a point in her life where she wants to step out of her comfort zone so she enrols on a cookery course in Ireland. The cookery school attendees are a mixed and likeable bunch who add enormously to the story. Hannah loves the cottage she gets to stay in and starts to compare Ireland and it’s beauty to her bland existence in Manchester. Hannah and Connor are attracted to one another but Connor is quick to jump to the wrong conclusions, which puts the relationship in jeopardy. With a cosy cottage, a dolphin, a party and traditional Irish pubs I was hooked and enjoyed every page.
This was such a lovely romantic story which I read in one sitting! The romance blossoms between Hannah and Conor and of course you have the beautiful Irish countryside as the backdrop. Reading this reminds me of visiting Dublin and all his gorgeous places! Definitely a feel good book to read. Can’t wait for the next one by this author.
The clue is in the name, this is such a cosy read, totally adorable and I read it in one sitting. I loved everything about it, the setting, the characters, the story, the writing, the front cover, everything. I loved it
A book to properly sink your teeth into during autumn. That perfect in-between seasons book for September / October. I loved the Irish setting and the idea for the cookery retreat - I also can’t cook for toffee so I’d definitely do what Hannah did and enrol on an all inclusive cooking holiday if I could afford it (and if a 6 week long residential course existed!). The characters were all incredibly likeable, I was really pleased that the book wasn’t ‘just’ a romance and had a bit of mystery to it… and best of all I found the humour genuinely amusing. I loved fliss’ and Jason’s characters and would love to read a further book about her inheritance / life after the cookery school. It made me want to visit Dublin and also spend a night in an Irish pub with friends. This book feels ‘genuine’ - a collection of experiences of the author almost. I loved it.
My favourite book of 2021! I have read evert book that Julie Caplin has published, and The Cosy Cottage in Ireland is joint top with The Little Café in Copenhagen. There are few authors that have inspired me to change my mindset/lifestyle (read the Copenhagen book to see why) but Julie Caplin’s writing just clicks with me. I was thrilled to hear that she was writing the eighth book in the Romantic Escape series in Ireland, not only do I have family there, but I fell in love with the country and its people as child (full disclosure, my father is Irish LOL) Hannah’s story starts off in Dublin, like many who travel to the Emerald Isle, but after an intimate encounter with a stranger, Hannah travels onto her true destination, County Kerry, and the cookery school of the famed Adrienne Byrne family. Together with a group of misfits, Hannah is tested in many ways, not just cooking, but letting go of the need to be perfect, having fun, living, and loving. Hannah’s nerve and patience is most definitely tested when looking down the barrel of a shot gun, swimming with “sharks” and when dealing with Adrienne’s surly, attractive, and hot and cold son. This is a story, not just of friendships, love, and cooking, but also one of self-discovery, one of the keep ingredients of Julie Caplin’s work. My thanks, as always, to @JulieCaplin @OneMoreChapter and @Netgalley for allowing me to read and review the 5-star rated #TheCosyCottageInIreland