Blessed Are The Cheesemakers Paperback – 8 Dec 2009
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An enchanting novel of life, love, Irish dairymaids and cheeseSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Abbey is living a deeply unsatisfying life in a tropical paradise, with a husband who believes in sharing himself with the natives (so to speak!) With her heart well and truly in pieces, whe flees back to her elderly grandfather and the sanctuary of his rustic cheese-making business. Corrie and Fee make one of the finest cheeses in Ireland, but are aware that their days are numbered, and they don't have an heir to pass the dairy on to.
Enter Kit, an American with some serious domestic issues, mix in a smattering of dysfunctional milkmaids, and the scene is set for a wonderful story. But it doesn't stop there! The characters are so well drawn (the cats are called 'Jesus', 'Mary' and 'All The Saints'), I cried with Abbey and Kit, and laughed out loud in equal turns. If you enjoy the gentle humour of 'Father Ted' on TV, this will appeal to you.
Sarah-Kate Lynch obviously loves her cheese, after reading this I wanted to buy a cow and start making my own curds - you can practically taste it off the page!!
So go on, give it a try. I am now knee deep in my second Sarah-Kate Lynch book (By Bread Alone) and am enjoying her magical writing all over again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
charming, delightful, well written, well paced...a feel-good story...Published 6 months ago by april
such a lovely story, makes me want to eat lots of cheese though. :)Published on 24 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a deliciously quirky novel which sits happily in the magic realism genre, with just a nice touch of romance too. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Ms. A. Brooke
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 morePublished on 4 Oct. 2010 by D. Conrad
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 morePublished on 18 Nov. 2009 by A. J. Feather
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
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! Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2008 by maria1971