Why we love it: Looking for a romance to indulge in for a few hours this weekend? In It Was Only Ever You, Kate Kerrigan brings the 1950’s music scene to life with a novel that will have you flicking the pages to find out which point of the love triangle will triumph.
The beautiful daughter of the doctor in a small Irish town, everyone knows Rose’s family and their wealth. Rose is used to getting what she wants in life and her childhood sweetheart, Patrick, is no exception. As an aspiring artist, Rose feels connected to Patrick and his singing aspirations like no one else, but when he disappears without a trace, her heart is broken – until she finds his letters from New York hidden in her father’s study.
A Holocaust orphan raised by her aunt and uncle, Sheila has always guarded her heart: the only thing she allows herself to feel is music. When an affair with her boss lands her in trouble with the Italian mafia, she has no choice but to move back to Brooklyn with her family and start fresh. Sheila decides it’s time to put her love of music first, dreaming of finding a star and making her name in the industry. One night at the Emerald, she hears a voice that makes her skin tingle, and meets the owner who thrills her in a way no man ever has.
The only time Ava feels confident is on the dance floor. Ava knows she’s not as beautiful as the other girls, and is the friend men like to have a laugh with but never fall for. Giving up on love seems like the only option, but her mother has other plans. With the wedding of the year coming up, her mother buys her a pink suit that makes Ava feel, for the first time in her life, attractive. It’s at this wedding that she meets lawyer Dermot and the possibility of marriage doesn’t seem out of reach – until she meets Patrick, a singer who makes her feel things she’s never felt before.
Patrick Murphy is handsome, charming and has a singing voice to die for. Rose can never forget him, Ava falls under his spell and Sheila, hungry for success, is determined to unlock his star quality. In the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?
For those looking for a historical read, this is the perfect book to sink your teeth into. A great drama set in New York with fabulous characters and heart-wrenching emotion, it beautifully recreates the era of dance halls and rock ‘n’ roll. With the period detail so rich, every page paints a vivid picture of these characters’ world. You find yourself walking through the streets of New York, or lined up against the walls of the Emerald waiting for a dance…
Heartbreak and misunderstandings are woven through this uplifting story of three women, and the man with whom their lives are intertwined. From the girl who can’t let go of her great love, to the woman who can never quite believe that her gorgeous husband really loves her, to the cold, unemotional manager who finds love in the place she never expected – Kerrigan takes us on a moving journey and creates characters we invest in wholeheartedly.
It Was Only Ever You is about where your heart takes you, the different people you love and how you love them. It’s an emotional roller coaster that will play on your sympathies, but in the end, it doesn’t matter which character you are backing to win Patrick, the ending to each woman’s love story will leave you feeling satisfied.
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