"Moving emotional drama"
While Megan Donaghue and Niccolo Andreani plan to wed,
elderly relative Irene Tierney sends a letter to her and
sister Peggy. A former medical student, Peggy decides to
follow up on the correspondence that came from Shanmullin,
Ireland as a chance to start anew with her autistic son
Kieran. Irene believes that the Donahue siblings can
her in learning what happened to her father who died over
seven decades ago in Cleveland near where the sisters
While in Cleveland, Megan struggles with her new marriage
and trying to solve Irene's mystery. In Ireland, three
generations fall in love with one another, as Irene becomes
friend, mother and grandmother to Peggy and Kieran. Peggy
and Kieran return the warmth. However, Irene's physician
widower Dr. Finn O'Malley wants the Yanks to go back to
Erie because he fears the attraction he feels to the single
mom, one that she reciprocates.
The sequel to WHISKEY ISLAND, THE PARTING GLASS continues
with the lives of the Donaghue sisters and those within
sphere. The story line is filled with angst, at times
overwhelmingly so, but the novel never loses reader
attention as the audience cherishes Megan and Peggy and
quickly adopts Irene too. Emilie Richards provides an
emotional romance that leaves her fans breathless.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 28, 2003
The Donaghue sisters have shared all the joys and struggles
of a complicated past, and at the center of it all has been
the Whiskey Island Saloon, a historic Irish-American pub
overlooking Lake Erie that has been in their family for
five generations. Megan, who runs the saloon, is planning a
wedding. Casey is busy settling into the life she shares
with her new husband. And Peggy has put her medical degree
on hold after discovering her young son, Kieran, is
When the sisters receive a letter from a relative they have
never met, Peggy believes it is the answer to her worries.
Irene Tierney is an elderly woman living alone in a remote
cottage in the Irish village of Shanmullin. Irene needs the
Donaghue sisters' help to learn the truth about her
father's death in Cleveland more than seventy-five years
ago, and Peggy needs the opportunity the older woman
offers. Peggy agrees to go to Ireland to care for Irene in
return for a place to live and the chance to spend time
working with her son.
After Megan's tumultuous wedding, Peggy and Kieran travel
to Shanmullin, where she and Irene form an instant bond.
Not everyone, however, is happy to have a stranger in the
village. Dr. Finn O'Malley, Irene's physician and a widower
with sorrows of his own, resents Peggy's intrusion into
Irene's life. But neither Finn nor Peggy can resist their
undeniable attraction, though it seems destined to end in
In Cleveland, Megan has heartaches, too. As her marriage
falters, she allows her search for answers to Irene's past
to become all-consuming. Needing her own answers, Megan
flies to Shanmullin, and Casey soon joins her sisters for a
reunion. As a stunning tale of secrets and self-sacrifice,
greed and hidden passions unfolds, the lives of each sister
will be changed forever.