The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth by Juliet Gauvin Book Summary
A story about losing your way and finding your life. Book 1 of 3.
Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, but when she loses her great-aunt Mags, the woman who raised her, she boards a plane and leaves it all behind.
The Irish shores welcome her as she learns a shocking truth, kept secret for thirty-five years. Devastated and now alone in the world, Beth tries to find peace in a beautiful cottage by Lough Rhiannon, but peace isn’t what fate had in mind. Almost as soon as she arrives, Beth’s solitary retreat into the magic wilds of Ireland is interrupted by Connor Bannon. A man with light brown hair, ice blue eyes and a secret of his own. He’s gorgeous, grieving, and completely unexpected.
With the help of Mags’ letters, the colorful townspeople of Dingle, and Connor, Elizabeth might just find a way back to the girl she lost long ago and become the woman she always wanted to be.
A Note From Jules:
Be forewarned you might not want to start this book late at night—several readers have reported “gobbling it up” and going on to the next book immediately. This book is literary women’s fiction, it is not a traditional romance, per se.
It’s a trilogy, not a standalone. All three books are vital to the story: The Irish Cottage, The London Flat, and The Paris Apartment. That being said, I’ve found that traditional romance readers are VERY happy at the end of London. So take a ride with me, first to Ireland and then the world.
“If you enjoy Nora Roberts, you’ll like Juliet Gauvin. The Irish Cottage is a fresh take on women’s literary fiction, sometimes light and scrumptious and other times quite profound in its observations on life, love and loss.”
“A book that conveys the true feelings of Ireland when you visit…it’s a bit of a romance, history, travel, and mystery neatly tied into a book well worth reading.”
“It will give you the feels—only the good ones!”
The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth is an international women’s literary fiction romance novel with three books in the novel series. Other themes include: romance literary fiction, women’s sagas, love stories, and second chances at life.
“It was like a drug that I couldn’t get enough of. The Irish Cottage started it all and now that I have finished all three, I’m starting all over.” -Amazon Reviewer
"I started this book and couldn't put it down. It brought me to Ireland and I never wanted to leave." -Amazon Reviewer
"There is so much to love in this, the first in the [The Irish Heart] Series...I wanted to look out my cottage window and see a Lough of my own and the pub was just asking me to come visit...This story pulled me in from the very first page and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, stories of starting over, or romances set in other countries." -Goodreads
"Picked this up because it was set in Ireland, and it took me right back there. Wonderful writer, if you love Ireland and a good read I would recommend this book. I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series." -Amazon Reviewer
“I laughed, I cried, I hoped & dreamed. The series was beautifully told through poignant letters. A keeper of the heart.” -Amazon Reviewer
"Excellent book, one that was very hard to put down. Well-written, exciting, great author! I highly recommend this book to all...Get it then get comfortable because you will be in for a good long read, enjoy!" -Goodreads
"Great book! Elizabeth embodies strength and determination as well as compassion and forgiveness. The Irish Cottage combines the fairytale of Ireland with the real life struggles we all face." -Amazon Reviewer
"I bought the book yesterday and couldn't put it down. Very romantic, very sexy, with a heroine who can save her own bacon...and the wounded, hunky hero--be still my heart." -Goodreads
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q: How did you come up with The Irish Cottage?
Jules: Well the story came together in pieces. I love Ireland, I've always been attracted to the country, the people, the music, the dancing. I've spent time traveling the country so I knew I wanted to set the book there. And then the character of Elizabeth was based on a lot of the experiences I had when I was in law in San Francisco. When I was immersed in that world--it was a very dark time, and I really did lose my way--like Elizabeth. I even let long-time relationships die because I was in such a dark place, it was difficult to see anything past my own nose. So yeah, I knew I wanted my heroine to be a "recovering attorney" and I knew that I wanted her to have this great love affair in Ireland that would open her up to the truly great possibilities life has to offer.
Q: And what about Connor Bannon? Is he based on anyone?
Jules: Ummm...he might be an amalgamation of several people, but I think I'll refrain from commenting further--have to keep some of it to myself, don't I?
Q: Why did you elect to write literary women's fiction as opposed to traditional contemporary romance?
Jules: I knew I wanted to write in the literary women's fiction space because writing a story where the heroine's evolution is paramount--not just her relationship with Connor--is what really gets me, drives me--I love those types of stories. I like writing herstory--women's lives and journeys are so complex--I wanted to write a series that included a great love story, but didn't sacrifice the heroine's journey in any way. It's about Elizabeth finding her way--we all need to find our way. Sometimes people help with that, but ultimately each of us has to find our own path...and we all need love too.
Q: Why London and then Paris?
Jules: I lived in London for a time--I love it so much. It's one of the best cities on the planet, really. When I closed my eyes and thought about where Elizabeth's journey would take her I knew London would be next. And Paris--I lived in Lyon for a time as well and I've spent a lot of time in Paris so it seemed only natural for the final book to be set there. I also set certain things in motion in The Irish Cottage that make it impossible to end anywhere else--I knew I wanted to end it in France. Plus, Elizabeth has a major sweet tooth, like me, and Paris has the most amazing dessert masters in the world. I spent many hours pouring over the websites of my favorites and discovering some new ones. Those were the hardest and best research nights--I'm nocturnal, I write at night--and pouring over the websites of my favorite masters was heaven and hell. I wanted to get on a plane already. My sugar intake definitely went up while I was writing The Paris Apartment--and my waistline with it.
The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth (Juliet Gauvin) Book Reviews
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The Irish Cottage: Finding ElizabethThis is a very good book. Although the main character is a 35 year old lawyer, it's a sort of coming of age/finding ones' self/love story all rolled into one. The characters are well rounded; the location, Ireland, is beautifully described; the story, well told! I'm looking forward to loading the other 2 books in this trilogy, so I can learn what awaits Elizabeth on her self awareness adventure..Score: 4/5
The Irish CottageI loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I usually read action and mystery books. This one may have touched the romantic in me..Score: 5/5
Can't wait to read second book.Colorful story. Every scene is pictured so clearly in my mind. The characters are real and quick friends.Score: 5/5
Refreshing VacationTransported me to a place I’ve always wanted to visit. Thank you for sharing your world with me. Loved the experience!.Score: 4/5
Not what I expectedI wanted to read the book because it was set in Ireland and not somewhere in North America. I am not normally a romance novel fan (truthfully I didn’t realize it was a romance novel) but I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless! I mostly enjoyed the terrific countryside descriptions as well as the letter mysteries. So go ahead and read this if you want a fun ride!.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageI highly recommend this gem! After spending the last few years recovering from a debilitating illness, I have tried reading numerous titles but couldn't find anything to keep my interest until this book. I found the characters very relatable; the storyline captivating; and I found myself getting lost in the book forgetting about my own world for a while. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and hopefully find more by this author!.Score: 5/5
Great storyLived the characters!.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageVery enjoyable read. Unexpected twists and makes one eager to read next in the series..Score: 5/5
Relaxing readIs kind of reminded me of a Eat Pray Love but with an Irish love affair and more to come... loved reading it and can't wait to read the next one..Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageI enjoyed reading this book and will continue to read the series. The characters were real and the writers excellent portrayal made you feel you knew them. I think we all lose a bit of ourselves along life’s journey and it is enthralling to think we can find those things we lost..Score: 4/5
The Irish CottageA very well written story with characters that become real. A story that touches us all as we travel this life; sometimes in touch with our true selves but most often not. We search to find our own true selves and those events where we really feel at peace and connected; as we follow the adventures of Lizzie and Connor. Looking forward to books two and three!.Score: 5/5
The Irish cottageLoved the story, it feels like I took a trip to Ireland. Well written..Score: 5/5
Been looking for a story like this...Written to make you question your own life choices and what be braving can mean in a partnership. I couldn't put it down. Love the quirkiness and raw emotion in the characters and the ode to Ireland..Score: 5/5
Lovely storyI truly enjoyed getting to know the characters that Jules paints so vividly. Jules has a wonderful gift and shares it with her readers as she takes you with her through Lizzie’s journey. I’m looking forward to reading what happens next..Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageVery much enjoyed this read! Wonderful detail and superb descriptions. I need to go to Ireland!.Score: 1/5
The Irish CottageLoved the book! Well defined characters and like a mini Irish vacation!.Score: 4/5
The Irish Cottage:Finding ElizabethThis was a great read. It was a wonderful way to wile away a summer day. Look forward to reading more from this author. Thanks again for the excellent entertainment. Bev Bidinoff.Score: 4/5
UnimaginativeI didn’t finish the story, finding it unoriginal, predictable and repetitive in language, thought and theme..Score: 1/5
The Irish CottageFunny and witty.Score: 5/5
Irish CottageExcellent book reflects the characters involved so well. Liz needs to stop being afraid.Score: 5/5
Finding oneselfI truly enjoyed reading The Irish Cottage. I too spent time on a life journey to find myself. Now I’m waiting to meet my Connor lol. I have trouble sleeping through the night so when that happened I read your book and always fell back to sleep when loving thoughts. That was so refreshing. Thanks again and I look forward to reading The London Flat. Blessings Connie.Score: 5/5
Perfect read!I wasn’t able to put this book down! I really felt like I was in Ireland right along side Beth. So glad I get to go on this journey with her. Can’t wait to read book 2♥️.Score: 5/5
Irish CottageThe Irish Cottage had good character development and a good sense of adventure that brings in an audience..Score: 4/5
The Irish Cottage : Finding ElizabethI just absolutely enjoyed this book . The author pulled me in on the tittle and the first sentence and I had a very hard time putting it down . It was a fantastic read and I was disappointed how it ended as I wanted to read more and enjoyed the teaser of 2nd book the London Flat , but wished it hadn’t of ended ; as with Covid 19 , I’m not working so I can’t afford to buy any books and was so thrilled when I saw the free ad for this book . I loved reading it very much and thank you for a very great read. You are a wonderful author . I love reading books set in Ireland , England , Scotland a and Whales . As my grand parents on my father side came from there after the war . Although I never got to ask them all about living there as they were much older when they had my father so I didn’t get that time with them when the passed. And on my mothers side they were their great grandparents coming from there . So I probably have relatives all over that I do not know of . And I’ve always dreamed of visiting if I ever came into money . When I was a young lass my Aunt used to visit cousins in Ireland , Scotland , whales & London and she use to bring me back some dried Heather . But she way much older than my father and she lived in Florida.Score: 5/5
Lovely storyA wonderful story of the healing power of love..Score: 4/5
The Iris CottageFabulous book. I really felt that I was in Ireland while reading it. Looking forward to Beth’s London adventure..Score: 5/5
A pleasant, tantalizing readThis was a book I would read at night before I went to sleep or during my spare periods as a supply teacher. It kept me entertained and enthralled and kept me coming back. Especially the last quarter of the book. Then the last This was a book that I would read at night before I went to sleep or at work during me spare periods as an occasional teacher. It was entertaining and kept me coming back. Especially the last quarter of the book. Then the last few chapters I couldn’t put it down. It has been a long while since I’ve read a book that I couldn’t stop reading. It is a delicious feeling. The characters are so well developed. The author Juliet Gauvin paints a beautiful picture of a place you’d live to be..Score: 5/5
Great readLoved this book and had to buy the rest in the series to find out what happens next. Was supposed to be in Ireland right now but was cancelled due to Covid. I miss travelling to Ireland and this book transports you right there. Looking forward to reading the next book.Score: 5/5
The Irish Cottage...Finding ElizabethI loved this book...rich characters, moving story line and written so that the reader is drawn into the imagery of Ireland. Imagine my disappointment to come to the end only to discover that there is no end, only two more books in a series to bring the story line to a conclusion. I hate when an author does that without adequate warning at the beginning of the book that this is part of a trilogy. In order to finish I will need to buy 2 more books. Since I don't plan to do that I will be left wondering why the entire story couldn't have been condensed into a longer book so I only had to buy one book. Disappointing..Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageI thoroughly enjoyed this light and easy read. Calling it light and easy is a compliment and not meant to denigrate the author in any way. We all need some escapism. I cared about the characters and found myself often smiling as I read the book. Life is too short to read bad books (or drink bad wine). I am continuing on with the series..Score: 4/5
The Irish CottageWould have given it a five star but I now have to keep reading (which I am happy to do), to find out what happens. Okay I’ve changed the four stars to a five stars because I am still reading this discovery story. Love this story and all the characters seem so real and crazy loving life addicts lol. Would have loved to have known a real life Mags!.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageThe Irish Cottage is a totally captivating book that you will not want to put down! It is romantic, adventurous and suspenseful. The storyline is well thought out and the book is well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be swept away! I absolutely loved this book and the writers knack for making the whole world disappear while I was reading. Well done!.Score: 5/5
Loved itThis book made my heart smile..Score: 5/5
Not a happy ever afterBut a good read. I generally stay well clear of romance stories, they're just too much like fairy tales. But I enjoyed the Irish Cottage. Good characters, well paced, a little more humour injected into the story would be nice, maybe in another book about Beth..Score: 4/5
The Irish CottageI can’t thank you enough for writing “The Irish Cottage “ I enjoyed it with anticipation from one day to the next I couldn’t wait to get back to it. It was well written and each stage was well placed.the London Flat should be equally as entertaining..Score: 5/5
Great readThis book is light and refreshing. It is a great read and it is easy to connect to the characters and get wished away on a journey to self reflection..Score: 5/5
The Irish Cottage Finfing ElizabethI suffer from depression and the last book I read was in 2011. Not that I haven’t tried. About a year ago, I took a writing course. The course stressed using descriptors to bring the reader into the story. This book is a wonderful example of that. I really enjoyed the story and I thank you..Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageLove this look.won’t leave a long winded review because I want to get back to reading the next cottage book. This book is a delight to start on the weekend, the story keeps going..Score: 5/5
The Irish-cottageGreat book! I loved it. Lina.Score: 4/5
The Irish Cottage: Finding ElizabethThis was an enjoyable relaxing read, good for a summer day or even for a winter day if you have a nice fire to sit by. Although it wasn't hugely surprising as the story unfolded, it did have its colourful scenes. All in all it was a pleasant romance..Score: 4/5
The Irish CottageI could not put this book down! I found myself smiling often as I flipped through the pages. Absolutely loved it!.Score: 5/5
The Irish Cottage: Finding ElizabethVery entertaining, fast and easy reading.Score: 4/5
The irish cottageEasy fun book to read interesting characters.Score: 4/5
The Irish CottageI really enjoyed this novel. I am at the stage now when I like to read gentle books and don't need to be scared to death, I just want to be entertained. This story did just that, thank you. I shall certainly read other books by this author..Score: 5/5
The Irish cottageYessss I love this book I will be buying the series thanks for offering it to us Good luck in your future writing rmk.Score: 5/5
The Irish Cottage; finding ElizabethExcellent romance, adventure novel. I enjoyed the storyline of a strong and yet conflicted woman who learns how to deal with her childhood troubles and move forward in life in a positive way. I love the adventure, of travelling to a new country and emerging in a new environment and culture, meeting new people and making new friends. Well written..Score: 4/5
The Irish CottageI loved this book. It covered everything. Emotions! People were interesting, places exciting. Loved the Irish Sayings and personalities. It was exceptionally well written Now for the next. London flat ThanK you, Jeannie Johnston [email protected] Gmail.com.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageVery good read. An emotional storey that keeps you reading till the end. Wanting more..Score: 4/5
The Irish Cottage Finding ElizabethExcellent book I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. It brought back memories of some wonderful characters I met in Ireland last fall..Score: 5/5
Lost love and life's JourneyThis is a well written story of lost love, finding oneself and the journey of love and life. This is a must read. I can't wait to read the second book in this series..Score: 5/5
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Couldn't finish itMade no sense.Score: 2/5
The Irish Cottage: Finding ElizabethThis was truly a wonderful story to read, taking me on the journey with the characters like very few books do. The Author made me feel the highs and lows as if I was in the story myself. Can't wait to read the next book..Score: 5/5
Great read.The characters, while obviously privileged, have some complicated histories which gradually are revealed. How much further will they unravel? A lovely Irish setting..Score: 5/5
Loved this bookI have just finished reading this and am about to download the others, took me back to Ireland as loved it when I was there felt like home. Loved the story and wished I had it in me to write something this good, keep them coming Jules.Score: 5/5
Really Good ReadReally good read can’t wait to see what’s next for Beth & Connor.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageGood lighthearted romantic novel with intrigue and twists ...good holiday reading..enjoyed it...Score: 4/5
The Irish cottageJust finished reading the Irish cottage what a read absolutely enjoyed every word love Conner and Elizabeth’s story.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageGreat read, kept me up late at night , could not put it down, now onto the next book, can’t wait to see where there love story goes..Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageThis is the first book I have read for a long time that I had trouble putting down!! Just wanted to get to the end to see what the last letter contained (brilliant twist) but didn't want the book to end either. Well done, highly recommend.Score: 5/5
Well worth readingThis book is perfect for a holiday read. Enough twists to keep things interesting. Definitely keen to read the other books in the series..Score: 5/5
GorgeousLovely story with fabulous characters. Wonderful humour, well written a great rainy day book. Can't wait to get into the next book!.Score: 4/5
Took me back to IrelandWhat a wonderful story to fall into and in love with. I related to the character Beth, albeit I was never that lucky in IRELAND sorry to say. Every chapter held a part of my beautiful holidays to the most amazing countryside, Fungi the dolphin I visited even got a mention. Great story telling, couldn't put it down, now to start the other two books, London and Paris, I'm Sure they won't disappoint. Read it you won't be disappointed..Score: 5/5
The Irish cottage Finding ElizabethBrought me back to my youth again!.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageWhat a terrific read! Gathers you in and keeps your interest. Can’t wait to read the next one!!.Score: 5/5
Loved it!Such a great read. The storyline keeps you captivated and intrigued the entire time, with a few unexpected twists throughout. As an ambitious reader, I definitely wouldn't hesitate in recommending this brilliant novel - I may have already..Score: 5/5
The Irish cottageI loved every word in this book, how I would love to wonder around the world like Lizzie. Penny.Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageI thoroughly enjoyed this book I couldn’t put it down. I would read and I would say just another page oh just another page and time would fly. Thank you.Score: 5/5
Luck of the IrishIt finished, when I wanted so much more. Fabulous easy reading..Score: 5/5
A little soul searchingA great little book that is not only about the characters finding themselves again but giving the reader inspiration in finding yourself again. Her words make me want to go back to Europe and see the world!.Score: 4/5
Great readThis is one of those books you cannot put down once you've started. Loved the story line and the characters. Was sad when it ended. But looking forward to the London chapter !! Can definitely recommend , do yourself a favor.Score: 5/5
A really good readI really enjoyed this Story and devoured it in a few rainy hours. Beautifully written about the Irish country and a fun story. Worth the read..Score: 5/5
Just couldn’t get into itWas initially attracted to the Irish theme but even the Irish references couldn’t save this story for me. Tried to persist due to other reviews but I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Gave up halfway through. Too many other books out there to read..Score: 2/5
The Irish CottageWell! my first attempt at ipad reading books. Am so glad to find a story I just couldn't put away. Such smooth, palatable & interesting way of describing every detail, but not too much you want to skip a few pages. One pet hate is objectionable swear words in this otherwise beaut book. If you soak up every tiny detail about Stephen, there's no reason to describe women's anatomy so blatantly when he was attempting to shoot her. I knew instantly the creep he was portraying, yet there was a shattered person inside, suffering. Yet gave you five stars, and an avid follower now. Thank you..Score: 5/5
Excellent readThe story of Elizabeth, who felt lost and abandoned all her life only to find her life was a lie. Raised by a loving great aunt who told her the truth from the grave. A journey of self discovery, love, laughter, tears and adventure..Score: 5/5
The Irish CottageAn oh so readable book! I enjoyed it from start to finish, and , of course, I'm now about to buy the London flat! The characters are so well thought out that you can see them, and having just returned from An Irish holiday, I loved the scene! Thanks for such a lovely way to while away cold winter evenings!.Score: 4/5
Great readFully entertaining.Score: 5/5
Swept away...Couldn't put this tale of self discovery, growth and love down. The characters - all of them - came to life right off the pages and I found myself reading their dialogue with an Irish lilt and wishing for my own Irish adventure!.Score: 5/5
Great startLovely story, I really enjoyed it. One word of warning- it will make you want to buy the second book!.Score: 5/5
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