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Blessed Are The Cheesemakers [Paperback]

Sarah-Kate Lynch
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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8 Dec 2009
Blessed are Corrie and Fee, for theirs is the kingdom of the world’s tastiest farmhouse cheese. Tucked away in a corner of Ireland, the lifelong friends turn out batch after batch of perfect Coolarney Blues and Golds, thanks to co-operative cows, non-meat-eating fecund milkmaids, and the wind blowing just so in the right direction. Add to this mixture Corrie’s long-lost granddaughter Abbey, fresh from a remote but by no means backward island where her husband has been on a mission – although not quite the kind which Abbey had imagined. And stir in New Yorker Kit Stephens, heart-broken, burned-out and permanently hungover, and you have a recipe for disaster. The magic that Corrie and Fee weave in and out of the cheese vats is legendary, but can they use their powers to turn bitterness and betrayal into love – or will the secret ingredient be lost to Coolarney cheese forever?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (8 Dec 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0552776203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776202
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A magical début novel that charms to the last page’ -- Good Housekeeping

‘A truly lovely read… seductive and feelgood’ -- New Zealand Herald

‘An original blend of romance and fantasy, with an undercurrent of passion and lust’ -- Family Circle

‘Genuinely original…The plot unfolds with humour and emotion as all sorts of peculiar things happen in this strangely magic place’ -- Daily Mail

‘Warm, witty and mouth-watering’ -- Hello! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An enchanting novel of life, love, Irish dairymaids…and cheese

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blessed are the Cheesemakers 14 Jan 2003
This book had me giggling from cover to cover, at times I ended up laughing out loud. The two elderly irish characters, Fee and Corrie really came to life, I could just imagine them shouting "jesus, mary and all the saints" in a thick irish brogue, and cursing the pasteurising machine, "Old Fart Arse". Abbey has spent several years not noticing just what her idiot husband has been doing to aid the population of a small Pacific Island.You have to read the book just to find out what a "pregnasaurs" are. I wanted to go out to buy some cheese to eat during my reading!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sensual and intelligent 12 Sep 2003
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Quirky and sweet, this book tells a story of hope and strength of character. The book works on many levels and is very funny. It starts with the characters (linked by the cheeses in their fridges) in different corners of the world, at different stages in their lives. Then, through a set of coinincidences they converge in the timeless, wholesome Coolarny Farm in Ireland, where the magic truly begins...! The characters are well-developed and the chemistry between them impressive. The cheese sounds delicious too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a funny fantasy 21 Mar 2004
Light and frothy (or should that be curds and wheyey) with a solid base and a lingering aftertaste. Richer than it first appears. You'll want more. But enough about the cheese, the same could be said of this book. I read the first chapter or two and didn't really 'get it', I mean what is all this about cheese, then it took hold and galloped away with me and I read the remaining 2/3 in one go as I wanted to know what happened. Hint: don't skip ahead as I have a habit of doing, there are a few surprises. Peopled with a mad cast of characters in implausible situations and sprinkled with more than a touch of Irish magic, the tale ended too soon for me. I did wonder at first if the author had taken a snazzy title and then tried to fit a story around it, but so what if she did, the end product is very entertaining. I, for one, will never look at cheese in the same way again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I nearly put it down, but glad I didn't! 2 Mar 2006
I read this book on my friends recommendation. She generally reads a different type of book to me, so was a little cautious as to whether I'd enjoy it or not.
The 1st 2-3 chapters were slow going, and I nearly gave up. But I continued, and am so glad I did! I was actually weeping in the last few chapters (boo-hoo style! and not just tears)!
A really nice, heartwarming book. READ IT and see for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Cheese is the new chocolate..." 17 Dec 2010
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
I've read one of Lynch's other novels `Eating with the Angels,' which I enjoyed- but this is a foodie book I've wanted to get my hands on for a long while. A book about cheese? A romance book at that? How can it NOT be fantastic?!

This quirky novel is set between rural Ireland, bustling New York and the remote Sullivan Islands (in the middle of the Pacific) and focuses on several different characters and their lives, with the stories all cleverly intertwining.

Funny and sentimental, this book is genuinely laugh out loud funny in places. The occasional Irish brogue especially adds a real flavour (no pun intended) to the characters personalities and actions. First we have Irish cheese makers Corrie and Fee, old gents who are cheese making geniuses at their mad dairy farm in Rural Ireland. With their herd of dairy cows, (all called Maria), they have pregnant teenage girls serenading them with songs from The Sound of Music whilst they're milked. Sounds odd, but its actually really humorous and just works for some reason in this slightly madcap tale. After a minor glitch with a batch of cheese when the curd goes awry, the men decide to hire a new cheese maker- and an outsider at that.

Step in Kit Stephens, a New Yorker and former stockbroker whose life has been down the toilet since the death of his beloved Jacey. Alcoholic Kit has come to Ireland for a break- and hopefully a chance of peace and redemption.

Finally there's Abbey- long lost granddaughter of Corrie. Sweetly naïve, she's blissfully aware that her good for nothing husband has been single handedly upping the population of a remote Pacific Island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tale for adults 1 Aug 2007
Coolarney farm is home to two old cheesemakers, one with second sight. Together, they live a happy life, sheltering a succession of pregnant vegetarian single mothers who milk the cows to the accompaniment of the sound of music. When one day the curds taste wrong, they know that they must find a new cheese maker as one of them will die soon. Set alongside this a classic chic lit love story, and the ingredients are all there for a perfect summer read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars warm and comforting 20 Jun 2008
This book is full of unique characters... some of which need to put their lives back together and the rest there to help them do it, over lots of cheese!

Sounds slightly quirky and it is, but it is also funny, warm and comforting.

The importance of 'family' and 'home', real and adopted, and the support and comfort it can provide when we need to get back on our feet shines through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in case of emergency break glass and read
to be read when the spirit needs a serious up-lift
Published 1 month ago by Mr G Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
such a lovely story, makes me want to eat lots of cheese though. :)
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic realism with a touch of romance
This is a deliciously quirky novel which sits happily in the magic realism genre, with just a nice touch of romance too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. A. Brooke
5.0 out of 5 stars A really offbeat novel that makes you fall in love...with cheese, with...
I listened to this book on CD. Aside from the fact that it was a great mystical story that completely takes you by surprise (except that the main plot is predictable), it is also... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by D. Conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional good read
A beautifully crafted tale of the love spun by those involved in making a rare cheese(!) in rural Ireland, and their efforts to ensure the tradition will live on into the next... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2009 by A. J. Feather
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight of a book
I can't believe that I'm the first to review this darling book! I noticed it in the library, and now am hooked on Sarah-Kate Lynch. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2009 by Amazon Customer
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Purchased as a gift ~ usual Amazon service (ie V.Good) but I cannot tell you anything about the book as I did not read it. Recipient expressed satisfaction.
Published on 24 May 2009 by Mr. M. Lawrence
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