Title: The Moon Over Kilmore Quay
Author: Carmel Harrington/ Narrated by Kate Handford and Michele Moran
Goodreads Rating: 4.67
When your heart belongs in two places, can you ever truly find home?
Brooklyn, New York,
Bea has grown up in the heart of the Irish community, always hearing stories of home. When she discovers a letter from her younger self, written years before, it sends her deep into her own family history.
Kilmore Quay, Ireland.
Years earlier, Lucy Mernagh leaves her much-loved home and family in search of the New York dream. The Big Apple is a world away from the quiet village she grew up in, and the longing for home aches within her.
When Bea uncovers a shocking secret, it takes her back across the water to Kilmore Quay, where – finally – long-buried truths will come to light. But fate has one last twist in store…
I’d like to thank Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for approving me for an ARC of this book. I have never read anything by Carmel Harrington before but I’m always on the lookout for new authors.
Kate Handford and Michele Moran, did a brilliant job narrating this story. I could feel the emotion behind their voices and as a listener I felt they drew me into the story even more.
The story flicks between Bea’s story in the present day and Lucy’s story in the early 1990’s. I loved the back and forth between the timeline, learning little nuggets of information as I went. It made me more inclined to keep going as I wanted to know all the answers to many questions.
Initially I was a little sceptical about Bea’s story. I loved the time capsule letter and have often wondered what my younger self would say to me today. When weird things started to happen with it I was very confused and wondered what story was about to unfold? I loved her occupation and given her background it suited her completely. It was great to learn a little about how she found missing people and the story that took her back to her roots was excellent. Her amigo’s were brilliant characters, especially Katrina. She was a firecracker that anyone would want fighting their corner.
As I got to know Lucy I loved her more and more. She was a brilliant character filled with so much kindness, optimism and hope. Her story was the easier of the two to figure out but I still enjoyed the journey. She was dealt a rough hand which she took in her stride and came out the better person for it. I loved the little similarities between both women’s stories and how everything was tied up at the end.
Whilst I had figured out a few of the reveals the ending really took me by surprise. Don’t worry I’m not going to spoil it but you will need the tissues. This may have been my first Carmel Harrington but I doubt it will be my last. Filled with friendship, love, hope and family, it will warm your hearts and leave you speechless.