J. P. Monninger, author of the international bestseller The Map That Leads to You, the novel Nicholas Sparks called “romantic and unforgettable", tells a poignant love story of the ways the world divides two souls—and the way that love brings them together.
Kate Moreton is in Ireland on sabbatical from her teaching position at Dartmouth College when she meets Ozzie Ferriter, a fisherman and a veteran of the American war in Afghanistan. The Ferriter family history dates back centuries on the remote Blasket Islands, and Ozzie – a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States – has retreated to the one place that might offer him peace from a war he cannot seem to leave behind.
Beside the sea, with Ireland’s beauty as a backdrop, the two fall deeply in love and attempt to live on an island of their own making, away from the pressures of the outside world. Ireland writes its own love stories, the legends claim, and the limits of Kate and Ozzie’s love and faith in each other will be tested. When his demons lead Ozzie to become reckless with his life—and Kate’s—she flees for America rather than watch the man she loves self-destruct. But soon a letter arrives informing Kate that her heroic husband has been lost at sea, and Kate must decide whether it is an act of love to follow him or an act of mercy to forget.
Kate Moreton came to Ireland for more than just to complete the research needed for her dissertation. She also wants to discover more about her father’s early life before his family made their way to America.
His death left her feeling set adrift and she thought she would find answers and maybe even a tiny bit of solace on the Blasket Islands. But instead, she finds a man who is as beautiful and isolated as the Islands themselves.
Life for Ozzie Ferriter wasn’t always so peaceful. He returned to Ireland after war marked him both body and soul. Now his days consist of being out on his boat and with his beloved grandmother.
When he’s introduced to Kate, he suddenly feels like he’s whole again. As the sparks fly and their passion burns brighter, it’s only a matter of time before two shattered people threaten to fall apart again.
“Do you know,” he said when I passed the bottle back to him, “that if a man or woman drinks from the same bottle without wiping it first, it means they are going to make love? It’s an old Irish custom.”
To say that I’m a Monninger fan is a massive understatement! Ever since being captivated by The Map That Leads to You, I have waited (not so patiently) for his next gem to be released. And Seven Letters was so much more than I ever hoped for.
The writing is lush and dream-like, almost hypnotizing. Even Ireland and the surrounding sea become characters in their own right. But it’s the undeniable connection between Kate and Ozzie that somehow jumps right off the page and gets a grip on your heart. Sometimes it holds it softly and sometimes it steals your breath away.
It’s an emotional deluge of the very best kind and I’ll never forget the way it made me feel…
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