Emilie Richards returns to the story of the Donaghue sisters in her novel, "The Parting Glass," a sequel to her bestselling book, "Whiskey Island," which began the chronicles of the lives of the Donaghue clan, the family who has been a part of Cleveland's large Irish community since days of the first immigrant's arrival.
The Parting Glass is an intensely emotional book about this family and their extended Irish roots. Richards takes the reader back to the 1920's where we learn about Liam Tierney and Glen Donaghue. This book at times brought tears to my eyes and laughter into my heart. Don't miss this book, but do read Whiskey Island first!
This is the sequel to Whiskey Island. The lives of the Donaghue sisters continues and the novel never loses the attention of the reader. The book was "simply great" and I could not put it down!
from the back cover:
Megan, who is feeling hopelessly unprepared in her new marriage, has no idea how to fix the problems already facing her relationship. Casey, who is happily married to her high school sweetheart, is facing a new challenge: motherhood. And Peggy, who always dreamed of becoming a doctor, has put medical school on hold with the discovery that her young son is autistic.
Each facing her own difficulties, the Donaghue sisters are brought to the remote Irish village of Shanmullin by Irnee Tierney, a distant relative who hopes that they will be able to help her learn the truth about her father's death in Cleveland more than seventy-five years ago. As a stunning tale of secrets and self-sacrifice, greed and hidden passions unfolds, the life of each sister will be changed forever.
The three Donaghue sisters are brought to the remote Irish village of Shanmullin by Irene Tierney, a distant relative who hopes that they will be able to help her learn the truth about her father's death in Cleveland more than seventy-five years ago. As a stunning tale of secrets and self-sacrifice, greed and hidden passions unfolds, the life of each sister will be changed forever
Star-crossed lovers, murder and three sisters who discover a hidden legacy that will lead them home at last to Ireland.
Whiskey Island (2000) introduced a large Irish-American family, including the three Donaghue sisters who share ownership of the historic Whiskey Island Saloon in Cleveland overlooking Lake Erie. In this sequel, Megan, the eldest, runs the business and is about to tie the knot with Nick, an ex-priest who works with troubled adolescents; Casey, newly married, is happily pregnant; and Peggy, the youngest, is a single mother who has interrupted her medical studies to care for infant son Kieran, recently diagnosed as autistic. During Megan's gala wedding reception at the saloon, a tornado strikes and the guests are trapped. Luckily, Megan's father remembers the secret tunnel constructed during Prohibition (to accommodate bootleggers) through which the guests crawl to safety. The narrative shifts to a tiny village in Ireland where Peggy has been invited to stay with elderly cousin Irene. Irene's remote cottage is ideal for the rigorous therapy Peggy plans for Kieran, and Irene hopes that the Donaghue sisters may help her solve the mystery of her father's death-he had emigrated to Cleveland. Meanwhile, Peggy is grudgingly attracted to handsome but dour Finn O'Malley, formerly the village physician, who gave up his practice after a tragic accident decimated his family. In Cleveland, restoration of the saloon is in progress but Megan's unhappiness in her new marriage drives her to join Peggy in Ireland. When Casey also arrives, Irene and the three sisters fit the puzzling pieces of their lineage together. A bit of Irish humor might have made this melodramatic tale an easier read, but Richards's heartfelt paeans to love and loyalty sweeten the mix.
An enjoyable book of three Irish-American sisters, each with their own trials and victories. The sisters and the others in the story are nicely drawn, but I was a little confused from time to time when the story jumped generations.
the continuing story of the three Donahue sisters from Whiskey Island. Peggy who dreamed of becoming a doctor has put medical school on hold with the discovery that her young son is autistic.
This books follows Emilie Richards book "Whiskey River". Both Whiskey River and The Parting Glass are outstanding books. I loved them both! Outstanding story about three Irish sisters.
some mystery, some romance.
Excellent tale of three sisters.
The Parting Glass is the sequel to Whiskey Island, and it takes place primarily in Ireland. I didn't think it quite measured up to Whiskey Island; but,if you read that, then you have to read this one. Some good discussion of Autism. The Irish cousin is a delight. Of course, all of the charaters are lovable. The title comes from a line in an Irish Tavern song. One family mystery is solved.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It tangles three different stories into one. I'm onto another Emilie Richards book next!