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THE WAY LOVE GOES (HOME TO GREEN VALLEY) BY VIRNA DEPAUL
A middle child of five Irish brothers, Conor O’Neill always enjoyed life footloose and fancy free. Then Con’s mother dies and he’s never felt so lost. With his oldest brother, Con explores new possibilities in Green Valley, California, where his mother grew up. Finding inspiration in the great, wide Pacific, Con opens a surf shop in nearby Timber Cove where he meets the classiest lass he’s ever seen.
Madlyn Sanchez is surprised when the Irish surfer seems to take a liking to her. Older than him, a high-strung wedding planner, she couldn’t be more different than Conor. But the two have one thing in common—they’re both looking to start over. Before Madlyn knows it, they kick off an unlikely, passionate romance. But when Madlyn’s responsibilities in San Francisco can no longer be ignored, she kisses Con goodbye and wishes him well.
Missing Madlyn more than he ever thought possible, knowing he’s let one too many opportunities pass him by, Conor closes up shop to go after her. In San Francisco, however, he discovers the truth behind Madlyn’s real life—a child and an ex-husband still in residence. Con just learned to commit to one woman—can he commit to a child as well?
REVIEW: THE WAY LOVE GOES (HOME TO GREEN VALLEY) BY VIRNA DEPAUL
The Way Love Goes by Virna DePaul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am liking this series more with each brother I meet. The Way Love Goes is middle brother Conor's story. All five brothers have been impacted by the death of their mother in different ways, for Con he's lost his compass. Con lost the person that gave him a sense of direction and has been floundering trying to gain his footing in the wake of it all. When he meets Madlyn he gets a glimpse of the man he can be and he begins to slowly find the happiness that his life has been missing. The issues arise when Con learns about the secrets behind Madlyn's abrupt departure. That's when he has to decide if he has what it takes to take on the responsibilities that come with falling in love. I received a copy of The Way Love Goes by Virna DePaul in exchange for an honest review. Con's story is one of personal growth. With this series she gives you a sense of family but she also allows you to healing of each brother as they found their own place in a new homeland.
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WHAT LOVE CAN DO (HOME TO GREEN VALLEY) BY VIRNA DEPAUL
Ireland has always been home for the five O’Neill brothers, but several tragedies, including the recent death of their mother, have them feeling lost. After making an unexpected discovery, eldest son and former rugby player Quinn O’Neill heads to Forestville, California, in the enchanted river valley where his mother grew up. There, he hopes to learn more about his family and explore the possibility of settling someplace new.
Traveling the world before opening her own bakery is Lillian Parker’s dream, and she’s one step closer to achieving it after winning an internship with a world-famous pastry chef in Miami. Unfortunately, Lillian’s mother is pressuring her to stay in Forestville and help run the family B&B. Then a handsome Irishman blows through the door with charm and sex appeal to spare, and suddenly Lillian’s not sure what she wants.
Sparks instantly fly, and Lillian finds herself agreeing to show Quinn around the area. Soon their building feelings have them wishing for more time together. But Quinn’s just beginning to explore the magic of Green Valley wine country, and Lillian needs to stretch her wings. Even worse, exposed secrets pit Lillian’s family against Quinn’s, creating thorns in their blooming love.
Can passion survive conflicting family loyalties? And can love bond Quinn and Lillian together forever when dreams of adventure versus home and hearth threaten to keep them apart?
REVIEW: WHAT LOVE CAN DO (HOME TO GREEN VALLEY) BY VIRNA DEPAUL
What Love Can Do by Virna DePaul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What Love Can Do is a story of hope in times of hopeless. The descriptions of the beautiful scenery, the bonds of the O'Neill family and the resilience in the face of tragedy combined to make Virna DePaul's latest novel one that leaves a lasting impression. What Love can Do is Quinn's quest for answers after discovering a long withheld secret after his mother's death. In order to do so he leaves Ireland and makes his way to his mother's birth place in California. In a foreign land with nowhere to set down roots he meets Lillian who oversees the local B & B. Lillian wants a chance to spread her wings outside of Forestville and pursue her dream of being a chef. But one look, one touch and Quinn makes her crave things she never thought possible. I received an ARC of What Love Can Do in exchange for an honest review. I was fascinated by Quinn. His decisions to leave behind his home and family to learn more about his mom's past took courage. The romance between he and Lillian move fast but was also a poignant part of this story. This was a beautiful beginning to the O'Neill family saga.
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