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It Must Be Love Paperback – 29 Jan 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press (29 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842233106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842233108
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,304,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sharon lives in Belfast and enjoys being a stay-at-home mum, as well as a part-time painter. Sharon's novels are now published in over 12 countries.


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I have read a few of Sharon Owens books to date......and on the whole enjoy the storylines. This one centres on Sarah, a photographer who is on the verge of marrying her fiancee of many years in Scotland. On the eve of the wedding she overhears something which alters her plans dramatically and she flees to the West coast of Ireland. We follow Sarah's journey to the little village that she had visited as a child with her parents as she attempts to find herself again, make new friends and sort out a new future for herself.

My problem with Sharon Owens story telling is.... you never have to wonder how the next step will be reached, because its just given to you on a plate with no build up at all. Sarah, having fled Scotland and deciding on the spur of the moment to go the village of Redstone near Galway is walking along the street in Dublin where she passes an estate agent's window where lo and behold .. a picture perfect cottage is advertised for rent in the very village she is intending to travel to !! I found myself saying PUH... LEASE !!!

Her best friend Abigail is left to break the news to Sarah's fiancee in Scotland that she has fled from the house in the night. The moment that we are made aware that not only has MacKenzie.. the now jilted fiancee lost a wife to a car accident some years ago, but that Abigail lost the love of her life in a motor cycle accident... well......need I go on !! Rocket science was not needed at this point.

Having said that....... I loved the characters in Redstone that Sarah befriends, especially Aurora who runs a book club !! I loved the cottage she hired and I especially loved the sea.... you could almost feel the breeze off the waves as they all headed out on their morning walks.

As I said.. a nice gentle story with good characters........but don't expect the clues to be cryptic as to how the plot unfolds... its kind of handed to you on a plate without much deduction needed at all !
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I was rather cutting with my review of the last Sharon Owens book I read, Revenge of the Wedding Planner. I picked it up It Must be Love wondering what I was going to be getting..... I was getting a book which was so much more what I expected from Sharon.

This is the story of Sarah, who just before her wedding to Mackenzie, hears that he is still so much in love with his dead wife Jane, that Sarah knows she cannot enter into a marriage where she may be second best and living with a ghost. On the night of her Hen Night, she disappears into the night and leaves behind Thistledown, a great estate in Scotland and leaves her best friend Abigail to break the news to everyone.

Sarah escapes to Redstone, a village in Ireland where her family has some connections. Via London, to empty the flat that was not hers, leave all her trappings of her previous life and start afresh. Sarah rents a cottage with the hidden gem of fantastic scenery onto the beach. Owens is very good at describing the rolling waves, the wind and all the elements it makes me feel as a reader that I am there experiencing everything first hand. Sarah meets Ethan almost instantly as she arrives in the village and he has a startling effect on her from the very beginning of the new life she is trying to create for herself.

Sarah meets other women in the village all who are trying to start again in some way. Aurora has left a career and a rather odd fetish to run the local bookshop, her past soon catches up with her. Gemma has to face her fears to bring her daughter Victoria home from a downward spiral which follows them all the way back to Ireland. Miriam appears to be living in the life of luxury and has everything she wants. Does she?
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I have been a huge fan of Sharon Owens since reading The Tea House on Mulberry Street, and this is one of her best books yet. Her characters are so delightful and the story had me hooked from page one! So often people say they 'couldn't put a book down', but this is honestly one such book. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next and trying to sneak a few minutes here and there to get back to the story. Both Sarah's dilemma and that of her friend Abigail were so true to life and the whole book is beautifully written. As much as I wanted to find out what would happen to Sarah and her friends Miriam, Gemma and Aurora, I was also SO sorry when I reached the end of the book. I felt quite lost for a few days, missing the characters I'd grown to know and love during the 324 pages of Sharon's novel! Still, not long to go until the release of her next one - Revenge of the Wedding Planner! I can hardly wait (needless to say, that has been pre-ordered for a very long time)!! Long may Sharon continue to delight us with her wonderful writing. I'm not ashamed to say that I am her Number 1 Fan!
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I love Sharon Owens, she writes with such warmth.
This book is basically the story of someone - Sarah- who jilts her fiance because she feels he still has strong feelings for his dead wife & how she goes away to a small, coastal Irish village to come to terms with this. Along the way she makes some great new friends & falls in love with the beauty of the place.
I loved this book as it was a really feel-good sort of story, though not without some sadness along the way. Though I found that the characters were not quite as quirky as they usually are in Sharon Owen's books, which was a teeensy bit of a shame.
Overall though a lovely book which I can only recommend.
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