The Last Summer in Ireland by Noelle Harrison #BookReview #BooksOnTour #TheLastSummerInIreland #Contemporary #WomensFiction #FamilyDrama @NoelleHarrison @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Last Summer in Ireland by Noelle Harrison, published by Bookouture.


Twenty years ago, at the end of a long hot Irish summer, three sisters submerge themselves in the cool lake at their home, Swan Hall. As Maeve and Aisling watch their beautiful younger sister Nuala laughing and splashing, droplets of water clinging to her dark hair, it is hard to hide their envy of her. But later that day, when Nuala drowns, they are devastated.

Now, as Iris scatters the ashes of her beloved mother Aisling onto the golden leaves of Central Park, she feels very alone. But then hope comes in an invitation across the sea to Ireland from her mother’s sister, Maeve – the sister Aisling left behind and never spoke to again.

Swan Hall is more than Iris could ever have dreamed, sitting on the edge of a lake, full of history. But its dark corridors and staircases are caked in dust, and Iris feels a sense of unease. And then she finds a diary – Nuala’s diary from the long hot summer she disappeared.

Iris’ mother never mentioned Nuala. Why would she have lied? As Iris reads Nuala’s slanting script, she uncovers dark secrets and shocking betrayals, and she begins to wonder: was Nuala’s death really an accident? Can Iris find the truth, and will it change everything she knows about her mother… and herself?

A completely compelling and gripping read about the heartbreak and secrets that tore three sisters apart. Fans of Lucinda Riley and Louise Douglas will love The Last Summer in Ireland.

“A lost girl. A mysterious house in Ireland. An invitation that changes everything…”

The Last Summer in Ireland is an intriguing family drama that tells the story of the Kelly Sisters, Maeve, Aisling and Nuala, of Roscommon, Ireland. The narrative is primarily told through Iris, daughter of Aisling, as she travels from New York to Ireland, invited by Maeve, after the death of her mother.

I do love a good family drama and I definitely got that with this book. I enjoyed the flashbacks where we learn of the circumstances behind the tragic death of Nuala that lead to the estrangement of Maeve and Aisling. Secrets are uncovered, plot twists keep things interesting and shocking revelations make an impact.

This is a well written tale that moves at a gentle pace with a set of characters that evoke many different emotions. Their complexities are enhanced when faced with challenging decisions and situations, where in some cases, pulls on the heartstrings.

All round I found The Last Summer in Ireland to be a really good read and I look forward to reading more from the author.

Thank you to Noelle Harrison, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Last Summer in Ireland, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts about this book. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.


Noelle is an Irish author who’s been writing novels and plays for nearly thirty years and her books have been published in over 12 different countries.

She is also published under the pen name Evie Blake and her Valentina Trilogy hit the Der Spiegel Bestseller List in 2013.

In 2014 Noelle was one of 56 Irish Writers included in the anthology and exhibition Lines of Vision Irish Writers on Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, and published by Thames & Hudson.

She has also written five plays – Northern Landscapes, Black Virgin, Runaway Wife, The Good Sister, and Witches’ Gets, which featured in Cymera and Audacious Women Festivals in Edinburgh to sell out houses.

Noelle currently lives in Edinburgh in Scotland, and is one of the founders of Aurora Writers’ Retreats, and part of the wellness hub The Space To BE.

If you like stories written from the heart, historical with contemporary timeslip, family mysteries and secrets, and always, always a love story set against evocative landscapes, you might like to pick up one of her books. Her aim is to tell women’s stories from the past and present and to give voice to those who are rarely heard.



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