Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour on its publication day for The Boatman’s Wife by Noelle Harrison, published by Bookouture.
The Boatman’s Wife by Noelle Harrison
Release Date: 14th of January 2021
Print Length: 296 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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There was some dark secret in this western edge of Ireland that her husband never wanted her to find out. She might never be able to lay his body to rest, but she could gain some kind of closure by finding out who the man she married was.
When Lily married her soulmate Connor, buffeted by the sea spray and wild winds of her coastal homeland in Maine, she never imagined she’d be planning his memorial just three years later. Connor has been lost at sea in the bleak stormy Atlantic, leaving Lily heartbroken.
But as she prepares to say goodbye to Connor for the last time, she is shocked to discover a message to him that he never told her about:
Does your wife know who you really are, Connor Fitzgerald? Don’t ever think you can come home. Because if you do, I swear I’ll kill you.
Unable to bear living in the home she and Connor shared, Lily decides to find out her husband’s secret. She flies to Connor’s home town of Mullaghmore on the west coast of Ireland, a harbour town hugged by golden beaches and emerald-green fields. But when doors are slammed in her face, she begins to realise that she knows nothing about her husband’s past.
Connor’s grandmother, a hermit living on the cliffs of the wild Atlantic, must know the truth about her grandson. But when Lily tries to find her, threatening notes are pushed through her door warning her not to stay. Will Lily leave the darkness of the past where it belongs? Or will she risk everything to find out the truth about the man she married…
A completely heart-breaking story about the lies we tell to protect the ones we love. Fans of The Light Between Oceans, Lisa Wingate and Susanne O’Leary will lose their hearts to The Boatman’s Wife.
Ok, first things first, make sure you have the tissues handy when reading this book as you will need them! What an emotional journey that Noelle Harrison takes the reader on. I was immediately hooked and so caught up and invested in the story, I could not put it down until I had read that final page.
Lily’s heart is broken after Connor, her husband of just 3 years is lost to her in a storm at sea. As she plans the memorial, she finds a sinister message that he had received but, never shared with her. After reading this, It becomes clear to Lily that the mystery of exactly where Connor’s body was taken in the storm, is suddenly not the only mystery that she will have to contend with.
The characters have been created so well and I enjoyed getting to know each of them. Told from Lily’s and Niamh’s points of view, their stories filled my mind as they took me from the present in 2017 to early 90’s Ireland through alternating chapters.
It’s coastal setting, that had so me captivated, is also a character in itself and compliments the story so well. Noelle Harrison really does bring it to life, not only beautifully through her writing but, also so vividly. I felt like I was also there, experiencing it all with the characters.
The Boatman’s Wife is a heartbreaking tale of love, loss, family, secrets and revelations. It is so beautifully written and as my first book from Noelle Harrison, was such a great introduction to her work. It was my pleasure to be able to read and review The Boatman’s Wife which I recommend.
Thank you to Noelle Harrison, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Boatman’s Wife, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
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Let’s get to Know Noelle Harrison
‘m an Irish author who’s been writing novels and plays for nearly thirty years. My first novel, Beatrice was published in August 2004 which was a bestseller in Ireland. This was followed by A Small Part Of me in 2005, I Remember in 2008, The Adulteress in 2010, The Secret Loves of Julia in 2012, The Gravity of Love in 2018, and The Island Girls in 2020.
My books have been published in over 12 different countries.
I am also published under the pen name Evie Blake and my Valentina Trilogy hit the Der Spiegel Bestseller List in 2013.
In 2014 I was one of 56 Irish Writers included in the anthology and exhibition Lines of Vision Irish Writers on Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, and published by Thames & Hudson.
I have also written five plays – Northern Landscapes, Black Virgin, Runaway Wife, The Good Sister, and Witches’ Gets, which featured in Cymera and Audacious Women Festivals in Edinburgh to sell out houses.
I currently live in Edinburgh in Scotland, and I am one of the founders of Aurora Writers’ Retreats, and part of the wellness hub The Space To BE.
If you like stories written from the heart, historical with contemporary timeslip, family mysteries and secrets and always always a love story set against evocative landscapes from all over the world, you might like to pick up one of my books. My aim is to tell women’s stories from the past and present and to give voice to those who are rarely heard.
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