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The Cosy Cottage in Ireland (Romantic Escapes #8) by Julie Caplin


Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heartwarming romance…

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin…

Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breathtaking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together again–for better or worse.


Julie Caplin is my own personal travel agent. Her brilliant and engaging prose of beautiful foreign lands, captivating characters, and glorious food immerses the reader into a wonderful sensory overload of a taste of Ireland.

There was something about Ireland that made her want to act out of character.

To her family’s and colleagues’ surprise, Hannah Campbell is taking a sabbatical from her law firm to attend the Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry, Ireland. It seems that is not the only uncharacteristic thing she chooses to do when has a one-night stand with a handsome and charming stranger on her first night in Dublin. You see, Hannah is safe and sensible who lives by the book and doesn’t take chances… until she comes to Ireland.

I adored this book from the gorgeous scenery to the lovely characters. Conor and Hannah are two opposites who really connect. Hannah is not your typical heroine. She’s unromantic and practical. She’s never had her heart broken and she had no idea who Conor was when she first met him because she could care less about TV personalities.  Conor Byrne is a world-famous chef who is tired of the limelight and is working at his family’s estate to relax. When he first meets Hannah, he is intrigued by her interest in him as a person and not a celebrity. Conor is arrogant and charming and doesn’t fraternize with guests at his mother’s culinary school. However, fate puts him in close proximity to the one frustrating woman he could make an exception for.

The supporting characters are always a wonderful addition in Ms. Caplin’s books. Conor’s mother Adrienne is a force to be reckoned with and is a bit like Hannah with her practicality and work ethic. From her swear jar to her love of her ladies (chickens to you and I), she was my favorite character. In addition, Conor’s brother Fergus was a hoot and I loved the other guests who had interesting stories of their own. Especially Izzy and her castle. What a great story that would be.

I realized that Hannah’s sister, Mina, was the main character in The Little Swiss Ski Chalet which I had the pleasure of reading. For a taste of Japan, please also see my review for The Little Teashop in Tokyo.

If you love good company, delicious culinary delights, and beautiful scenery, escape to the beautiful Emerald Isle in this delightfully heartwarming book. Yet another location to add to my bucket list.

Thank you to Ms. Caplin for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Julie CaplinJulie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it. 

These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.

The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

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