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Publisher's Summary

Laila Byrne made a final promise to her friend. She will travel more and work less. After sticking a pin in a map of the world, she heads off to Ireland. Laila's trip doesn't work out as planned, but the mix-up results in a chance encounter with a handsome Irishman, Alasdair. Alasdair spends all his waking hours trying to figure out how to keep his family's century old pub, The Empress of Ireland, open for business. He doesn't have time for anything. But when the lovely American comes across his path, will he find time? Once you come to Ireland, you may never leave.
©2014 Jennifer Conner (P)2014 Books to Go Now
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3 out of 5 stars
By Angelika on 08-30-14

Charming story, but flat characters

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I would not recommend this book, because the story is very short and the main characters remain flat, which makes the read unsatisfactory.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The storyline takes a jump from the beginning of the main character's holiday to the end of the Ireland holiday. This is a missed chance to tell us more about the characters, their history and to develop their relationships with more depth. Well, what else shall I say, Nora Roberts describes the ups and downs of a romance far better and with more detail.

What does John Martin Byrne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was hoping from former review the reader would read with a stronger Irish accent.

Could you see The Empress of Ireland being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It might, because the story is shortened and flat enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Mosa on 06-29-14

Perfectly Delightful

If you could sum up The Empress of Ireland in three words, what would they be?

Charming, Upbeat, Sweet

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alasdair, the pub owner. He was charming in a natural and warm manner. Straight off, you know he's not a man who plays games with a relationship.

Which character – as performed by John Martin Byrne – was your favorite?

Again, Alasdair. Byrne's interpretation is exactly how I imagined the character would sound and Byrne does a nice job with the Irish accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

The book drew me in right away and had me cheering for a happy ending from page 1- the end. I highly recommend the story.

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