Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Boatman’s Wife by Noelle Harrison, published by Bookouture.
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, 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. But when doors are slammed in her face, she begins to realise that she knows nothing about her husband’s past. Will Lily risk everything to find out the truth about the man she married?
A completely heartbreaking 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.
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Let’s Get to Know Noelle Harrison
Noelle Harrison is the Irish author of nine novels and five plays and has been translated into over 13 different languages. Her short stories have been published in Lines of Vision, Irish Writing on Irish Art, & Gutter Magazine of New Scottish Writing.
In 2016, Noelle co-founded Aurora Writers’ Retreats building on 20 years’ experience of teaching creative writing in Ireland, Scotland, Norway and England.