Friday, May 27, 2022



Lorcan living in Ireland as a widow and raising two young children on his own. He meets Rachel and they fall in love with each other.  Rachel’s family assumed that their marriage would never last.  Rachel had never planned on raising two stepchildren, but she loved them as if they were her own.  The children, Dylan age 5 and Olivia age 8 loved Rachel and knew her as their mother.  But when Lorcan dies each other is all they have to make it through such a horrible time.  Lorcan’s family decides to fight Rachel for custody of the children siting that they are blood relatives and belong with their family.  Rachel sees the children as her family and refuses to give up on them.  They have been through enough in their life, and she has been their only constant.  So, she fights to keep them.  As the story continues there are so many twist and turns that come to light, and through the heartache a mother’s love always prevails.  Rachel is such a wonderful and patient mother.  She is so protective of her family and does everything she possibly can to make her family happy.  Rachel is from New Zealand while the children are from Ireland which is also where the children’s grandparents on their father’s side live.  Rachel’s dilemma…does she raise them in their familiar environment in Ireland or does she move them to New Zealand where her family is?

I was so moved by this story.  The heartbreak, the emotions and the unconditional love of a mother.  This story hits all the emotions and was very thought provoking as far as what is really important in life….family.  This story was heartbreaking, emotional and inspiring, I loved it.  I highly recommend this book.  

Thank you Carmel Harrington for such an emotional and inspirational story of overcoming life’s obstacles.  I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Carmel Harrington 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 26, 2022 
Pages: 431
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“Those children are our life, Rachel. You can't take them from us. And I will not stop until they are back where they belong, with their blood family!”

Rachel met handsome Irish widower Lorcan it was a whirlwind romance. Her family back home thought it would never last. But it did, and they were so happy. Bringing up two stepchildren hadn’t been in her life plan, but she loved them like her own. She’d say to them “even though you didn’t grow in my tummy, you grew in my heart”, and they’d all laugh together. Their little family wasn’t quite the same as everyone else’s, but it was beautiful, it was happy, it was home.

Until now. When Lorcan dies in a tragic accident, Rachel’s world collapses in an instant. She knows she has to be strong for her stepchildren. But given the chance to move back to the country she grew up in, she wonders if it could be the new start they need.

However, she doesn’t count on the children’s own grandparents. Their blood relations, who say Rachel isn’t their real mother, and so can’t take them away from Ireland. Who say they won’t let her.

As Rachel finds herself fighting against the only people who might love the children as much she does, everyone will have to ask – what makes a parent? What makes a home? And with whom do the children of her heart have a future?


Carmel Harrington is from Co. Wexford, where she lives with her husband Roger, children Amelia and Nate and their beloved rescue dog, George Bailey. An international bestseller and regular panellist on Irish radio and TV, her warm and emotional storytelling has captured the hearts of readers worldwide, translated into nine languages. Carmel’s trademark is to write warm, uplifting stories with humour, heart and hope. She loves to write about family, friendships, love and life within complex, twisting plots. Carmel’s novels have been shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in 2016 & 2017 and her debut won Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic eBook of the Year in 2013.

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