Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heartwarming romance…
Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in Country Kerry. But on her first night in Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin …
Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breath-taking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together – for better or worse.
Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.
These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.
The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
The Cosy Cottage in Ireland is the eighth novel in the Romantic Escapes series. I was first introduced to this series through the previous novel, The Little Swiss Ski Chalet, and absolutely adored it. When the opportunity came to read this novel, I jumped at the chance and it definitely did not disappoint. This story follows a lawyer named Hannah from Manchester who decides to partake in a multi-week prestigious cooking course at Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry.
Hannah’s Irish adventure begins in Dublin where she stays before taking off for the cooking course. Right away this novel took me back to Ireland as I lived there a few years ago. It was fun to play tourist along with Hannah as she discovers all the delights that the country has to offer. As this is a romance, Hannah meets Conor while in Dublin. The two of them hit it off right away and Hannah goes into it thinking it will be a one-night stand. Of course, it ends up with Conor also being present at the school, which means the two of them need to continue to interact. Their situation and chemistry creates a nice slow-burn romance as they work to try and find a way to make an actual relationship work.
In addition to the romance, which was very well done and sweet, Hannah’s time at the school is well-described. The farm setting was idyllic and the author describes it well to make the reader fell like they are there with the characters. As Hannah is at the school with five other guests, there are fun interactions between them. As the setting is a cooking school, there are plenty of descriptions of food and the characters making their own delicious creations. Together with some fun weekend adventures, such as kayaking, everything in the story worked very well together.
Overall, this series continues to live up to its name as the each novel has been filled with a lovely romantic story in a location that I would easily love to escape to all around the world. This novel was a nice read that I did not want to put down as I ended up reading it in a single sitting. The characters are not only relatable, but they are realistic, so they seem to be ones that could be your friends in real life. The Irish countryside setting was amazing and made me want to sign-up for a similar course ASAP! As I still need to read the rest of the series, I will easily pick them up, and any new additions, in the near future!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources,, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel via Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**