Mira, Jul 2003, 23.95, 464 pp.
While Megan Donahue and Niccolo Andreani plan to wed, elderly relative Irene Tierney sends a letter to her and her sister Peggy. A former medical student, Peggy decides to follow up on the correspondence that came from Shanmullin, Ireland as a chance to start anew with her autistic son Kieran. Irene believes that the Donahue siblings can assist her in learning what happened to her father who died over seven decades ago in Cleveland near where the sisters currently live.
While in Cleveland, Megan struggles with her new marriage and trying to solve Irene's mystery. In Ireland, three generations fall in love with one another, as Irene becomes friend, mother and grandmother to Peggy and Kieran. Peggy and Kieran return the warmth. However, Irene's physician widower Dr. Finn O'Malley wants the Yanks to go back to Lake Erie because he fears the attraction he feels to the single mom, one that she reciprocates.
The sequel to WHISKEY ISLAND, THE PARTING GLASS continues with the lives of the Donahue sisters and those within their sphere. The story line is filled with angst, at times overwhelmingly so, but the novel never loses reader attention as the audience cherishes Megan and Peggy and quickly adopts Irene too. Emilie Richards provides an emotional romance that leaves her fans breathless.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner