Saturday, August 8, 2020

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Irish Encounter by Hope Toler Dougherty

 

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About the Book

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Book:  Irish Encounter
Author: Hope Toler Dougherty
Genre:  Sweet, inspirational romance
Release Date: May 7, 2015

After almost three years of living under a fog of grief, Ellen Shepherd is ready for the next chapter in her life, perhaps an adventure during a visit to Galway. Her idea of excitement consists of exploring Ireland for yarn to feature in her shop back home, but the adventure awaiting her includes an edgy stranger who disrupts her tea time, challenges her belief system, and stirs up feelings she thought she’d buried with her husband.

After years of ignoring God, nursing anger, and stifling his grief, Payne Anderson isn’t ready for the feelings a chance encounter with an enchanting stranger evokes. Though avoiding women and small talk has been his pattern, something about Ellen makes him want to seek her—and God again.

Can Ellen accept a new life different than the one she planned? Can Payne release his guilt and accept the peace he’s longed for? Can they surrender their past pain and embrace healing together or will fear and doubt ruin this second chance at happiness?

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My Thoughts:

Irish Encounter was a beautiful old-fashioned love story that had me wanting to pack my bags and go see the "green" of Ireland. This is a story that I have long wanted to read and I am pleased that I finally got the chance.

We have a story of two people who have seen grief in their lives, and though neither lets that grief define them, they are certainly still heart sore. Ellen is 44 years old and has been a widow for three. She certainly never thought she would fall in love again. I think she was settled on working on her business and watching her kids move on with families of their own. She was by far not an 'old' woman, but she already married the love of her life. What more was there?

Payne is a wanderer. He has his work and his bachelorhood, but after going out of his way to speak to a stranger, Ellen, his whole world begins to change. I really enjoyed seeing his growth in his life and especially in spiritual matters. 

I stayed up way too late finishing this story. It was that good. I enjoyed the more mature love story, their banter, and the somewhat cat and mouse game that was going on.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Hope Dougherty

Hope holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Forever Music is her fourth novel. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.




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Inspiration Behind Irish Encounter

A few years ago, I was staring at the first day of the rest of my life. My oldest daughter was set to graduate high school in less than a month. Two years later, her sister would march right behind her, followed in two years by their twin brothers.

Life as I’d known it for the preceding eighteen years was about to change enormously.

Throughout my tenure as a stay-with-my-children mom, I’d written for publications—sporadically—but I had a portfolio of articles with my byline in print.

That May afternoon, I decided to write something for Guideposts, a magazine filled with inspirational, faith-filled stories. I’d just completed “The Life of Moses” with Bible Study Fellowship, and I envisioned sharing wisdom and insight gleaned from thirty two weeks of study.

I penned What I learned from Moses on the top line of a yellow legal pad. As soon as I wrote this fascinating title, I immediately began daydreaming—about Ireland, not Moses.

In my daydream, a woman in an Irish café scribbled in a journal. A little old man in a tweed vest approached her, introduced himself, and began talking about his late wife.  I saw the wooden buttons on his vest and the Irish cap clutched in his hands.  Suddenly another man, dressed in dusty safari clothes, appeared to the woman’s left, lounging at his table and eavesdropping on their conversation.

This scene interested me infinitely more than the Moses idea. I turned the page to a fresh sheet and wrote everything I saw and heard in that Irish coffee shop.

Irish Encounter began that day. I didn’t know it yet, but God did. I just hurried back every morning to my desk to see what happened next. Before writing, I’d recite Bible verses from the Moses study, like Exodus 3:12 “And God said, ‘I will be with you’” and Exodus 4:12 “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (NIV)

I’d pray for guidance and help, and then I’d travel to Galway.

God led me onto this writing journey with a lot of prodding and pulling and nudges toward those interesting characters. I’m thankful every day He did, and I hope readers will enjoy the trip to Ireland with Ellen and Payne, too!

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Giveaway


To celebrate her tour Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

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  2. This sounds like a great read.

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  3. Wonderful review! "Irish Encounter" sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Thank you for reading and reviewing Irish Encounter! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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