Set, like Maeve Binchy’s early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.
Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality.
But in the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?
Which of the 2 women Patrick loves will he choose? That is the question you will ask throughout this book. I enjoyed every aspect of this story:plot, characters, the scene setting. I loved the era and the authors treatment was just enough detail to put me in the picture.
Some books end the way readers want and some don’t. With As I read It Was Only Ever You I was so intrigued by the characters, even when their decision making was poor, that I found it difficult to decide how I wanted this story to end. The only disappointment was that it did end too soon and I wanted more of the characters after the music stopped and the tale ended.
This author was recommended to me by two Aussie authors – Tess Woods and Jenn J McLeod. I am so glad they did and that I got the opportunity to read my first Kate Kerrigan book.
Review also posted on Goodreads