It was a summer of warmth.... Kate Ryan and herhusband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irishvillage of Mountfern... lovely twelve-year-oldtwins... and such wonderful dreams.... It was a summerof innocence... but all that is about to changethis fateful summer of 1962 when Americanmillionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town with hisirresistible charm and a pocketful of money... when loveand hate vie for a town's quiet heart and oldtraditions begin to crumble away.... It was a summer oflove that would never come again.... A time thathas been captured forever in Maeve Binchy'scompelling family drama... a novel you will never forget.
About the Author
Maeve Binchy is the bestselling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, The Copper Beech, The Lilac Bus, Circle of Friends, Silver Wedding, Firefly Summer, Echoes, Light a Penny Candle, and London Transports. She has written two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival. A writer for The Irish Times since 1969, she lives with her husband, writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell, in London and Dublin.
"Totally engrossing.... Unforgettable.... An absolutely grand story.... A lyrical and compelling family drama.... Mountfern and its residents come vibrantly alive." -- The Plain Dealer.
"The secrets hidden behind lace curtains, a young girl's first kiss, children's summer games, unexpected pregnancies, sudden deaths. She makes us feel as if we also know the place and the people.... One of those good old-fashioned stories that are as comfortable and comforting as home itself." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer