The Boatman's Wife: An absolutely heartbreaking and unforgettable page-turner

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‘A heartbreaking story that you can’t put down. I was reading it every spare second I got until I finished it!… I’m in awe of this compelling, powerful story… A magnificent 5 star read!’ Rachel Bustin, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


There was some dark secret in this western edge of Ireland that her husband never wanted her to find out. She might never be able to lay his body to rest, but she could gain some kind of closure by finding out who the man she married was.


When Lily married her soulmate Connor, buffeted by the sea spray and wild winds of her coastal homeland in Maine, she never imagined she’d be planning his memorial just three years later. Connor has been lost at sea, leaving Lily heartbroken.


But as she prepares to say goodbye to Connor for the last time, she is shocked to discover a message to him that he never told her about:


Does your wife know who you really are, Connor Fitzgerald? Don’t ever think you can come home. Because if you do, I swear I’ll kill you.


Unable to bear living in the home she and Connor shared, Lily decides to find out her husband’s secret. She flies to Connor’s home town of Mullaghmore on the west coast of Ireland, a harbour town hugged by golden beaches. But when doors are slammed in her face, she begins to realise that she knows nothing about her husband’s past. Will Lily risk everything to find out the truth about the man she married?


A completely heartbreaking story about the lies we tell to protect the ones we love. Fans of The Light Between Oceans, Lisa Wingate and Susanne O’Leary will lose their hearts to The Boatman’s Wife.


Praise for The Boatman’s Wife:


Make sure you have the tissues handy when reading this book as you will need them! What an emotional journey… I could not put it down until I had read that final pagehad me captivated a heartbreaking tale’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a totally fantastic book, totally captivating from the very first page… I can't praise this book enough.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘I read this wonderful book in a single sitting, only reluctantly putting it down when absolutely necessary.’ Books ‘n Banter, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


devoured every page… Noelle Harrison is a new author for me and I am eager to read more. I enjoyed the way her characters developed through the chapters and the way the book is set between present day and Ireland in the early nineties. It covers some tough subjects but they were handled with sensitivity. I can highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


You will be captivated… This story of redemption will pull at your heartstrings and leave you with the biggest smile when you realize the lengths some women will go to find the truth… You’ll love this epic journey.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Harrison is a gifted writer. Her vivid descriptions of ocean, nature, flora and fauna were brought to life… this is a heart-touching and breaking story about families torn apart, and how they build lives again. Beautiful story suffused with resilience, bereavement, family bonds, finding joy, and love.’ BluePink Books

7 reviews
Marnie Harrison
January 14, 2021
Ok, first things first, make sure you have the tissues handy when reading this book as you will need them! What an emotional journey that Noelle Harrison takes the reader on. I was immediately hooked and so caught up and invested in the story, I could not put it down until I had read that final page. Lily’s heart is broken after Connor, her husband of just 3 years is lost to her in a storm at sea. As she plans the memorial, she finds a sinister message that he had received but, never shared with her. After reading this, It becomes clear to to Lily that the mystery of exactly where Connor’s body was taken in the storm, is suddenly not the only mystery that she will have to contend with. The characters have been created so well and I enjoyed getting to know each of them. Told from Lily’s and Niamh’s points of view, their stories filled my mind as they took me from the present in 2017 to early 90’s Ireland through alternating chapters. It’s coastal setting, that had so me captivated, is also a character in itself and compliments the story so well. Noelle Harrison really does bring it to life, not only beautifully through her writing but, also so vividly. I felt like I was also there, experiencing it all with the characters. The Boatman’s Wife is a heartbreaking tale of love, loss, family, secrets and revelations. It is so beautifully written and as my first book from Noelle Harrison, was such a great introduction to her work. It was my pleasure to be able to read and review The Boatman’s Wife which I recommend.
Judy Odom
January 14, 2021
The Boatman's Wife is a well written heart wrenching story. It takes place in a fishing village in Ireland and one in Maine years apart. The power of the ocean is described so well you can hear the waves crashing, feel the salt spray. Lily loses her husband due to a tragic accident at sea and she learns that she really never knew Connor so she sets off to his home village in Ireland to learn more about him Somebody is not happy she is there. Don't want to give anything way but I will say the pages fly by as you learn about Connor and his past . You feel like you are right beside Lily and encouraging her on. Great read, put this on your list .
Angi Plant
January 14, 2021
Books’n’banter blog. I read this wonderful book in a single sitting, only reluctantly putting it down when absolutely necessary. The book is set on dual timelines and Noelle weaves this tale together in a wonderful way. Don’t be mistaken in thinking that this is a sloppy romantic story. It isn’t. There is romantic love in it, there’s parental love, platonic love. It’s about people, and power , strength and loyalty. All the things that make us human. The things that help us get through the lives we live. Most of all, it thrives on strong women who are determined to get through whatever they need to whatever the cost to themselves. If you haven’t found Noëlle Harrison yet, I suggest strongly that you pre-order this book which I received via Noëlle Harrison, bookouture, and netgalley. I have it pre-ordered too, so I can read it again. Thanks for a great read!

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