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Blog Tour & Book Review

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Once Upon an Irish Summer by Lisa T Bergren


About the book:

You Can’t Embrace Your Future Until You Deal With Your Past…

Fiona Burke has long been obsessed with Ireland’s famed, sixteenth-century pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. Now that she’s on the final stretch of earning her PhD in history, all she needs to do is finish her dissertation—with Grace O’Malley as her subject—then return home to Boston to defend it. Once that’s done she can compete for a highly coveted history professor position.

Fiona arrives in western Ireland aiming to interview the locals and find additional folklore to flesh out her work. But when she encounters Grace’s distant relative—the handsome, commanding Rory O’Malley—she gets seriously distracted. Rory shares her passion for history and Ireland, and cares for his grandfather and great-uncle in a winsome way. Unfortunately he also carries wounds beyond his injured leg…wounds that threaten to dismantle every little bit of a relationship that he and Fiona begin to build.

As a famed TV host becomes intrigued with Fiona—as well as convinced she should do guest appearances on his show—Rory starts to figure out that he might be as interested in his own personal romantic future as he is in Ireland’s epic past. But can he take the steps toward the healing he needs before it’s too late? It all remains to be seen…Once Upon an Irish Summer.




 My Thoughts

This book is set in Ireland. A place that has LONG been in my top-10-places-I-want-to-visit list. And I was so excited to read it! Then there’s also the fact that Lisa Bergren is a long-time favorite author of mine. In fact, I cannot remember when I first read her books, it’s been over twenty years ago. So…putting these together, when I found out about this book, I knew I’d have to read it!

Fiona is an absolutely sweet, smart, if a bit lacking in confidence, red-headed heroine. The book begins with her making a trip to Ireland to finish her college dissertation. She’s doing a research on the famed Grace O’Malley, a well-known historical figure–the famed pirate Queen of Ireland.  She has little more than arrived when she gets lost, and is of course rescued by a handsome hero, whose name is Rory.

I just love all the sweet descriptions of Ireland. It’s beautiful countryside. It’s quaint little thatched cottages. And that Irish brogue. I love that accent, and loved being able to hear it in my head as I read. Ms. Bergen has outdone herself with this story.

Both Rory and Fiona are determined that they do not want a summer fling. So they tell themselves, friends only. But, you don’t have to read very long before you see that they might not be able to stick to this resolution.

In spite of himself, Rory wants to spend time with Fiona, and help her in her quest. I loved reading about their explorations of Ireland. The castles. And so much more. I think I’ve already said it, but it needs to be said again. This book has such great descriptions of Ireland. I could (almost!) feel like I was actually there, visiting all these enchanting places with them.

As Fiona keeps tracking down information about the famed O’Malley, I found myself equally intrigued with what happened to her. How many of the old folklore tales and legends were true, and which ones were nothing but tall tales? There is a bit of mystery surrounding all of this…and I loved it.

The sweet romance that slowly plays itself out in this book is just delightful.

I found this to be a perfect summer read. A lovely way to escape to that Emerald Isle and visit days-gone-by.


Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



“”Lisa Bergen has penned an immersive read laced with intelligence and steeped in the myths of Ireland. Transportive and warm, Once Upon an Irish Summer is a thoughtful escapist romance featuring a clever, relatable heroine, an unforgettable hero and intercepted by the history of legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley. With just enough vulnerability to loan it a deft human touch and backed by impressive research, this is a treatise on quiet heroism and finding home in lush, new places.”—Rachel McMillan, author of Dream, Plan, Go and The London Restoration

“Lisa Bergren took me on a glorious trip to Ireland…and I didn’t want to come home! Wonderful characters, a beautifully painted setting, and an intriguing mystery were only the beginning. But it was the romance simmering between Fiona and Rory that truly stole my heart and made me turn the last page with a contented sigh. Highly recommended.”—Deborah Raney, author of the Chandler Sisters Novels and A Nest of Sparrows

 “Ireland comes alive – the history, the scenery, the people – in this delightful contemporary romance from Lisa T. Bergren. Rory’s vulnerability and Fiona’s tenacity had me celebrating every gentle step and stumble in their blossoming love story, all while enjoying the historical mystery they hope to solve.” —Rel Mollet,



Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books in a variety of genres, that have sold over three million copies combined. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and three big kids. You can find out more about her at





June 15          All of a Kind Mom

June 17          Relz Reviewz

June 19          Among the Reads

June 22          Fiction Aficionado

June 24          Woven by Words

June 26          The Green Mockingbird

June 29          Books, Life, and Christ

July 1              Hallie Reads

July 3              Christian Chick’s Thoughts

July 6              Bringing Up Books

July 8              Christian Bookshelf Reviews

July 10             The Writer’s Soul

Once Upon a Summer blog giveaway


(updated to add–this giveaway is now closed. winner has been notified)

Please leave a comment here on this blog post to be entered. Tell me which of these books (pictured for the giveaway) most appeal to you and why.

Giveaway will remain open until Monday, June 22, 8:00 am EDT. You may leave up to one comment per day for multiple entries.

19 thoughts on “Blog Tour & Book Review”

  1. It’s Montana for me. My parents were from Montana. Met, married and had two of my siblings there. It’s my root.

  2. Caribbean would be my choice, visiting somewhere tropical has been my for a long time!
    Any of these books sound good, I don’t think you can go wrong with whichever one you read. Thank you for the giveaway chance!

  3. Either Once Upon an Alaskan Summer or Caribbean Summer – mostly because I’ve already read Montana Summer one (and loved it, of course).

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