In November 2010, about to launch into a new book, I decided that finding someplace different to live for a while might inspire me. After a bit of looking about I found myself renting a converted stable on Valentia Island, off the County Kerry coast. I spent most of the month there, and certainly found my inspiration. Roone, the imaginary island in One Summer, owes a lot to Valentia, and to many of the other beautiful offshore islands that we have here in Ireland.
In brief: Nell Mulcahy is engaged and planning the wedding of a lifetime. When she rents out her island home for six weeks in the summer to raise funds for her big day, she sets in train a series of events that will change everything…
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