Monday, 7 April 2014

Carmel Harrington visits Bleach House Library!!


On Saturday 5th May I was extremely honoured to have the wonderful Carmel Harrington, author of Beyond Grace's Rainbow,  come and stay at Bleach House.  I had entered a competition on her blog and was lucky enough to win a meet and greet for Esquire's Bookclub.  As I have a B&B, it meant that Carmel got to stay over and we had a night full of book chat, wine and food!

Carmel was great fun and had no qualms answering all of our questions, as well as listening to our honest opinions of her book ( all good, may I add ) and, after one or two glasses of wine, our random thoughts on other book related topics :)
We were treated to a reading and even had a fab raffle for some book swag.  She signed our copies of Beyond Grace's Rainbow and kindly donated a signed copy to Elizabeth for a charity event she is attending soon.  We got to hear all about her recent trip to America to partake in the St. Patrick's Day parades in Chicago and NewYork, as well as lots of tips and advice for the budding writers among us.

Esquire's Bookclub were delighted to meet such an amazing lady and to pick her brain.  All big fans of the HarperImpulse title, I think I speak for us all when I say we cannot wait for her second novel, due out in June 2014!

Thanks so much for joining us, Carmel.  We hope to meet again in the near future, and wish you every success with your future novels.......

For any of you that missed my review of Beyond Grace's Rainbow, I have added it below.  Available in Paperback or Ebook format. Highly Recommended....

I came across this author on Twitter, where I have discovered amazing talent, and she's an Irish author too! Judging by the amazing reviews and the fact that it had won the March 2013 Kindle Book Award and was recommended by Bord Gais Energy Book Club,  it seemed I just had to get myself a copy.  I am glad I did......

Grace has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and knows that the only hope she has is finding a suitable bone marrow donor.  None of her friends are matches and, as she was adopted as a baby, there are no family members to test.  She is a single Mum to Jack and has raised him alone, albeit with the support of her close group of friends.  These friends are her coping mechanism and, along with Jack, keep her motivated.
As the need for a donor becomes more and more of a priority, Grace and her friends decide to track down her birth mother in the hope of prolonging Grace's life.  With some unofficial detective work and a few road trips, the search begins.

Although the subject matter of this novel is not upbeat, the characters bring the book to life.  I would certainly be grateful for Grace's wonderful friends and their constant support and rallying.  As awful it must be to discover you have cancer, to have the constant presence of these friends would definitely be a benefit to any sick person and make the rounds of chemo and sleepless nights seem worth the fight.

Carmel Harrington has written a warm, endearing tale of a woman's journey through illness, good and bad.  It is more a novel of spirit and friendship, love and hope, than one of medical procedures. It will make you laugh, make you cry and make you want to be part of this tight circle of friends. It will stay with you well after you have turned the last page.  Well worth the £2.99 on Kindle!

Carmel can be contacted on Twitter @HappyMrsH 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a lovely evening. Read Carmel's book at Christmas and your review of it is perfect. I agree - it really does stay with you


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