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  1. I am reading One Summer. Absolutely love it. I want to read more of your books.

  2. looking forward to reading more of your books too

  3. Will there be more books about Roone? I just recently found these and quickly read all 3. I want to know what happens with all of the characters I quickly fell in love with.

  4. Hi Roisin
    I discovered your books about 4 months ago and I have read all of them now. I have just finished “Something in Common” and I found I could hardly put it down but I felt so sad at the ending.
    Love the books. Look forward to the next!

    • Carole, thanks so much for your lovely message, delighted you enjoy the books. I hope you don’t mind, but I tweaked one of your sentences so it didn’t give the game away for future readers of Something in Common…! Next due out in June, I believe – still struggling with it! Roisin xx

  5. Margaret O ' Donoghue

    Roisin you were amazing at Tralee library today.My two children loved your stories, poems and songs.They have been singing the bumblebee song all day long!!Thank you for a very enjoyable morning.

  6. Just LOVE all your books that I have read so far (7 or 8 in the last 2 months!!)
    We travelled through Ireland back in April this (I’m from South Australia) year
    travelling from Dublin to Westport,
    South to Dingle, Cobh and back up to
    Dublin so some places you write about
    I can say “I’ve been there!” Thank you
    …and keep writing!

    • Judy, delighted to hear you’re enjoying the books, many thanks for taking the time to let me know. And your Irish tour sounds good – next time you must take the ferry out to Valentia Island off the Kerry coast, which was the inspiration for Roone in the series! Best, Roisin xx

  7. Hi Roisin, I have read a couple of your books about life on Roone and loved them. I couldn’t put them down. Before I get any more from the library, do I need to read them in any particular order or as they come? So glad I found you, have also recommended you to my sister.
    Thank you, Sue from Adelaide Australia x

    • Hi Sue, delighted you found me, and thanks a million for taking the time to get in touch. There are three books in the Roone series (so far). In order, they are One Summer, After the Wedding and I’ll be Home for Christmas, so I hope it was the first two you read! All of my other books are stand alones, with no connection to one another. Best, Roisin x

  8. Greetings from ballarat vcitoria australia, l must admit, l bought one of your books at a book store sale and read the back and thought yup,will have that….well its been on the shelf for a couple of yrs and finally last week l thought l will read that, so l pulled it off the shelf..it was “Love in the making”, so l see it is one of your early books, but l loved it, read 200 pages in one night, was still reading at 2.30am and still didnt want to put it down, so it’s off to the local library tomorrow to see if l can find anymore of your books and maybe donate the one l have so others can read it too. ..15 books wow, l have a few to catch up…lol…thanks for the great book…..

    • Robyn, delighted you finally got around to Love in the Making, and enjoyed it! Hope you find a few more – 14 published so far, working on the 15th – and hope you like them too. xxR

  9. 76 year old (young) reader from Mernda in Victoria, Australia. Have read The Reunion, After The Wedding, Two Fridays in April and just finished Something in Common….sad ending took me by surprise, but I just didn’t want to finish reading this book in particular….felt like Sarah & Helen were pen-pals of mine too! SO enjoy your books – please keep writing! Am requesting your other books and/or recommend yours to my sister-in-law & she keeps an eye out for them in preloved book stores as well. Devoted fans from Oz.

    • Barbara – thanks so much for taking the time to make contact, delighted you’re enjoying the books, and thanks for the recommendation to your sister in law, long may it all last! If you have no luck finding others in the preloved stores, a website I use a lot is an Irish one with free worldwide postage and competitive prices – http://www.kennys.ie – just a thought. Roisin xx

  10. Hello Roisin, just read “The things we do for love” couldn’t put it down, great read thanks from Perth Western Australia

  11. Greetings from Germany! I’ve just finished your book “Something in common” . I really loved it but I am so sad now because of its depressing ending and also because it’s finished. I’ll definitely read another one of your wonderful books. Thank you so much for giving me such a great time with your talented storytelling!

  12. Hello from Aitutaki, Cook Islands! My husband and I are on holiday here from New Zealand, first had 2 weeks in Rarotonga now part way through 8 days here. In between exploring, swimming, snorkelling etc we’ve both been reading a lot. Being a keen reader on holidays we bless Kindle or we would need another suitcase just for books!
    I will get to the point, I do have Irish ancestry! I had pre-ordered Marian Keyes new book, God love her, which arrived while away and of course was great. And your books came up as recommended and I have read The Reunion which I loved and have just finished the 3 Roone books. LOVED them, thank you so much. It’s lovely to be able to keep following characters and of course Roone is a delight. I love how you have some happy endings but all the heartbreak in between, just like life! Happy to read more about Roone if you choose to go back and about to load something else of yours on the Kindle.
    Thanks again for adding so much to my holiday.

    • Lee – your holiday sounds like you’d need another one after it to recover! When I go on holidays I’m disgracefully inactive: apart from a morning walk, and maybe another evening one, I plonk down on the beach with a book for the day, and dare anyone disturb me! Thanks a million for getting in touch to let me know you’re enjoying the books – I will more than likely be paying a return visit to Roone, partly because I want to go back there myself and partly because people keep asking for another Roone story. Hope you enjoy any of the other books you pick up, and I’m delighted that you’ve discovered me! Enjoy the rest of your hols too – Roisin xx

  13. Hi from New Zealand. Just read The Things We Do For Love and really enjoyed it. Off to the library to get another one… or three. Love the characters and it being in Ireland – my mum came from there.

    • Barb, thanks a million for taking the time to get in touch. I get such a kick out of readers on the other side of the world being able to pick up one of the books, and it’s a bonus if they like it! Hope you enjoy any others you find. And all the best mothers come from Ireland! Roisin xx

  14. Judith Bradshaw

    I discovered your books about 3 weeks ago and am on my 6th one , The Reunion only took 2 nights to read , couldn’t put it down . So glad you have many more for me to read, Thank-you

  15. Joseph Repasky

    I enjoyed your book, ‘Life Drawing for Beginners’ — I loved the subject matter, the picture on the cover of the book, and of course the nicely-spun narration of the drama — it was a very nice book. Thank you very much for creating it. 🙂 I’ll have to check out your other stuff. Sincerely, Joe

  16. Lynne Marie Giffard

    Can’t believe I have only just found your books, I read all the time, well in the 6 weeks since I found the first one and loved it I am not on my 6th so thank you

  17. Hi Roisin,

    Have just finished reading “The Things we do for Love” and found it hard to put it put it down. It was enchanting and thoughtful and a really great read.

    Would love a follow-up to find out if Irene returned home .And did Zarek move to France? What about Des? and how did Audrey and Michael fare?

    You are a wonderful storyteller – in the best Listowel tradition but glad you live in Limerick. Hope we meet again soon.

    Jill Hayes.

    P.S. Thanks for a delightful interview with Carol Drinkwater at Limerick City Library last Spring.

    • Jill, thanks so much for your lovely message, delighted you liked The Things We Do for Love. Of all the stand-alone books, that’s probably the one I’d most like to revisit sometime, so you never know. I’ll be facilitating a similar author event in the Belltable on November 16, just in case you’re at a loose end…..! Roisin x

  18. Shirley Espey

    I love Kindle because its introduced me to so many authors especially you. I love your books. Your write so naturally and on many different subjects. Id love to visit Roone it sounds like my kinda place. Dont stop writing xox

    • Thanks so much Shirley – God bless the Kindle! Delighted to hear you’re enjoying the books, and I’m afraid you’re going to have to join the queue for the ferry to Roone – it’s a popular place! Roisin xx

  19. I’ve read your trilogy (One Summer, etc) and am looking forward to reading your other books. You’re a wonderful writer! I found you by looking up authors similar to Maeve Binchy so you’re in great company! Thanks again for the relaxing entertainment and please keep writing!

    • Vicki – thanks a million, delighted you’re enjoying the books, love being in the same sentence as Maeve B, a tough act to follow! Just be aware that Semi-Sweet in the US is the same book as Love in the Making in Ireland, and Life Drawing for Beginners in the US is the same as The Things We Do for Love in Ireland. Not my idea, but I’ve taken some stick from confused readers over it! Thanks for taking the time to get in touch, really appreciate it – Roisin xx

  20. Have just finished your latest book the street where you live ! Absolutely LOVED it , have ready all your books and loved them all! Could you possibly write another book quickly.

  21. I enjoyed reading “One Summer”. Thank yo!.

    Your editor seems to be slipping – continuously.
    Please pass this on:

    The essential difference between ‘BRING’ and ‘TAKE’ is that bring implies movement towards someone or something:

    Bring your instrument with you when you come over.

    Whereas take implies movement away from someone or something:

    Take your belongings with you when you’re leaving.

    • Hi Elizabeth, thanks for getting in touch, glad to hear you enjoyed One Summer. Surprised that my very eagle-eyed copy editor slipped up there, not like her at all. Will forward your clarification to her – Roisin xx

  22. Dear roisin. My sister discovered you 2 weeks ago and I’ve just finished my 3rd book “something in common. I sat up till 1.30 am cos I couldn’t put it down. I actually gasped with shock at the end. I read a lot if Irish authors but you have surpassed them all. Thank you so much. But why can’t u find your books in bookshops? Only library and amazon

    • Hi Pam, many thanks for getting in touch, delighted you’re enjoying the books. You don’t say where you are – but if you’re outside Ireland you could order books through http://www.kennys.ie which is an online Irish book supplier; they have most of mine in stock and their prices are good, and they also offer free worldwide postage. Bear in mind if you’re in Canada or North America that Semi-Sweet is the US version of Love in the Making, and Life Drawing for Beginners is the US version of The Things We Do for Love. Hope you enjoy any others you find! xx

  23. Anne Maher Heller

    I just “discovered” you a couple of weeks ago and I just finished my first book by you, “One Summer”. I could not put it down so I was thrilled when I reached the end of the story to discover that it will continue with “After the Wedding”! I was a huge Maeve Binchy fan and your style is the closest I’ve come to Ms. Binchy’s. I just now downloaded “After the Wedding” to my NOOK. Thank you!

  24. Linda Sherlock

    Well, I made my birthday treat last as long as possible but I have now reached the end of The Street Where You Live. Another resounding success! Towards the end, I was in a spin to work out who, what, when, why? Talk about engaging the reader Roisin. I don’t know how you do it. There were a number of pages I was trying to read more quickly than my eyes would move and my brain could comprehend. I had a lot of things in common with the novel, strangely. My name is Linda, I have a cousin called Ultan (unusual name), my mum is Britain’s longest serving hairdresser( she hails from County Monaghan) and I too have a handyman to call upon but only for household chores! Oh, and my friend from New Zealand has just been staying with me. It is another riveting read and I can’t wait for the next. If only I could be at the Bunratty event. If only I lived in Ireland. Enjoy!

    • Linda, thanks so much for your lovely message. Delighted you enjoyed the latest, and I’m laughing at all the similarities! Thanks for your continuing support, it means a lot to get messages like yours, particularly when I’m embarking on a new book with a long slog ahead and the end nowhere in sight!!! xx

  25. jacqueline Trainor

    I Love your books, read the one’s centered on Roone Island and I just finished the Reunion. I am looking for more on Amazon. Your writing reminds me of Maeve Binchey, whom I loved. I love stories centered in Ireland, especially about families.

    Th’anks so much for the pleasure of your books.

    • Jacqueline, delighted you enjoy the books and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. You might try wwww.kennys.ie for the books – unlike Amazon, they offer free worldwide postage and their prices are always competitive! (And I love that they’re Irish….) xx

  26. Loved Ill be home for Christmas. Will there be a follow up book so we can see how Tilly gets on when she goes back to Roone to be godmother.

    • Hi Jeanne, delighted you enjoyed I’ll be home for Christmas. No immediate plans for a follow-up but I suspect there will be a return visit to Roone at some stage! xx

  27. attracta gorman

    Loved your new book great deal characters read it start to finish in one sitting. Now I need to get up and cook dinner!! Can’t wait for the next one

  28. Linda Sherlock

    Well, another birthday draws to a close. Lots of cake and outings with lovely family and friends with cards and presents. But the best present of all arrived yesterday – a copy of “The Street Where You Live” so here I am snuggled under the duvet,chocolate at hand, ready to devour every word! I can’t wait! Can you make sure that you release a book on June 9th every year?!!Keep writing Roisin!

  29. Alexa Leigh Williams

    I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your Books.I got an Amazon gift card at the end of April,went to browse recently and found you.Have powered through 5 in a week!I can’t put them down.Thank you so much.You are a great discovery and I will spread the word.I am really interested in your characters and literally have to stay up and complete the Story.
    Beat Regards.

  30. Dear Roisin, I bought my first book of yours (The Reunion) last October when I was in Ireland with my son. It was our first time there. Lot’s of first for us :). We loved Ireland so much that we are going back again this coming fall. I now read all your books that I can get here in Canada and love them all. Thank you for sharing your gift and your beautiful country with us all. Please keep them coming. Savy 🙂

    • Savy, delighted to hear you’re enjoying the books, and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. I’m also very glad to hear you had a good time here, and bon voyage for your return trip. I got as far as Newfoundland a few years ago, had a great time there, but I really must make it to the mainland one of these years! Best, Roisin xx

  31. Hi Roisin, Now I know what you look like. I am looking forward to chatting to you in Limerick Library on 2nd March. Carol x

  32. Hello, thank you for taking the time to read my blog where I wrote about some of your books. I am looking forward to reading your other books.


  33. Hi Roisin. I have almost finished reading ‘I’Lloyd be home for Christmas” – I loved it. Like you, I am a primary school teacher (I taught on Limerick for 3 years in a former life! 2000-2003) and I just finished school yesterday. I have been reading your wonderfully festive novel for two weeks and I do think want it to end. My treat to myself after a long day (3 children under 6 including a set of twins) has been to unwind with a cup of tea and a few pages of “I’ll be home for Christmas”. I wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed reading your work and, also, to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas. Niamh x

    • Niamh, thanks a million, delighted you’re enjoying it and thanks for letting me know. A very Happy Christmas to you and yours – sounds like you’ll certainly have a busy one! xx

  34. Hey Roisin , just finished your beautiful story “I’ll be home for Christmas ” I’m devastated it’s ended !! It’s 5.30 in morning could not put it down . I ve fallen in😍 With Roone and its islanders . This is my first read of yours and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m a Limerick Woman too!! I’ll be busy now for the next while chasing up all of your books , you are an amazing story teller . Can’t wait to get started . Well Done You x Gerardine Ahern

    • Geraldine, thanks a million for getting in touch, delighted you enjoyed I’ll be Home for Christmas, and hope you like any others you try! I’m also delighted that you as a fellow Limerick woman found me – do spread the word! Roisin xx

  35. Hi Roisin just about to start the reunion . My mum and I thoroughly enjoy your novels Looking forward to many more books to follow Sorry for any pressure I only have 2 more to read Greetinga from Australia Best wishes and many thanks Ann Johns

    • Hi Ann, thanks so much for your message,delighted that you’re enjoying the books and hope The Reunion is going down well. In the middle of the next, will hit the shelves on June 1 next year, hope you and mother can hang on! Roisin xx

  36. I just finished “Something in Common” and enjoyed it, until the end. I think having Sarah die instead of actually meeting Helen was very disappointing, and not up to the interest of the rest of the book.

    • Thanks for getting in touch, Bonnie, and sorry the ending disappointed you. You’re not the only person who complained…..I suppose it felt right at the time, and still does, although I didn’t relish doing it! Roisin x

      • I’m looking forward to reading your latest book when it arrives. I’ve read most of your
        previous books and always enjoyed every single one and hope the latest is as good a read as others. I really enjoyed your book The Daisy Picker, a fabulous read.

        Kind regards
        Carol x

        Sent from my iPad

      • Thanks very much, Carol, delighted you’re enjoying the books. Hope the latest doesn’t disappoint! Roisin xx

  37. Read all your books and loved The Reunion. Will pass on to my 2 daughters and then to my 2 granddaughters as usual.

  38. Catherine Muirhead

    Try ordering at your local library Carol, I know it’s nice to have your own copy, I always do, but it’s an option, happy reading x

  39. Carol Holcombe

    Very disappointed today when I went to WHSmith to purchase your latest book only to be informed that they didn’t stock it! Came home very disappointed

    • Carol, so sorry to hear that. I’m assuming you’re in the UK – is there a Waterstones anywhere near? I was under the impression that it was going into WHSmith and Waterstones throughout the UK, but maybe only into the bigger branches. If you fail to find it, you could order it online here http://www.kennys.ie/the-reunion-45.html – they offer free worldwide postage, and are very reliable (I use them all the time if I want to send books overseas.) Hope you get your hands on it! Roisin xx

  40. I agree with Linda. It would be lovely to have a launch in the North West of England. The Reunion was the first book of yours that I read but I am slowly reading your others. Lovely to discover a new author and all the pleasures to come. xx

    • Margi, would only LOVE a NW England launch! Sadly my publishers are Irish-based and not really in a position to arrange that – but if I find myself in that part of the world anytime soon I’ll be sure to let you know, and I can invade your local bookshop! xx

  41. Linda Sherlock

    Just finished The Reunion and yet another cracking novel. I just could not put it down! Like a lovely box of chocolates, I managed to gaze at it lovingly on my bedside cabinet until I just had to read it and devoured it over a few nights. Now the long wait begins for the next one. Only one thing for it; I shall have to read all 13 again. I wish I could “unread” them so I could enjoy them all for the first time again. I do wish you could do a launch in England, preferably in the North West. I would have loved being at your recent launch. It looked such fun!

    • Linda, thanks so much, delighted you enjoyed The Reunion – and wouldn’t I love a launch in England too! If you have any friends in the bookseller industry, see what you can do – if you can get me the premises for the next launch, this time next year, I’ll pay for my own air ticket! xx

  42. I read Semi-Sweet and Life Drawing for Beginners. Such delightful stories! A wonderful escape from all that is happening in today’s world. Will look forward to your other titles.
    Rita in Florida.

    • Thanks a million, Rita – delighted you enjoyed those two. Sadly no others have been published in the US but some have been sighted in branches of Chapters, and all should be on Amazon….happy reading! xx

  43. Just finished Something in Common – my first of your books. I loved the whole concept – what a great read. Fascinated to learn you got the idea from your mother having a pen pal that she, too, never met. Well done indeed. I’m off to the library to root out more of your books. Thank you.

    • Thanks so much, Penny, delighted you’ve discovered the books, and hope you enjoy any others you find. Yes, Something in Common was definitely inspired by Mam – and also by my own penfriend of many years, Anne whom I met in the 80s in Africa, and who has sadly passed away now. We kept in touch for nearly 30 years after I came home from Zimbabwe. xx

  44. Kay Hemingway

    Just finished “I”ll be home for Christmas” Loved it. Please tell me the saga of Roone will continue, can’t bear to say goodbye to them. xxx Kay

    • Ah Kay, aren’t you as good! Delighted you enjoyed my Christmas offering from Roone – and would hate to disappoint you, so I’d be fairly sure we’ll all be getting our ferry tickets for Roone at some stage……! Roisin xx

  45. cannot wait for The reunion love your books .Have read nearly all of them now so it will be nice to have another one to look forward too

  46. Many Thanks Róisín for your two -day visit to Caherdavin Girls School… Girls really enjoyed your inspiring input and it was lovely for them to see a real LIVE author in action ! Keep rolling out those novels. Can’t wait for “The Reunion” Looking forward to the launch !
    Mary Shearin

    • Mary – the pleasure was all mine! Thanks a million for the invite, I always look forward to visiting the school, girls are a delight and everyone so welcoming. Will keep you posted on upcoming events! xx

  47. Love you so much you came to my school mary queen i loved lisning to your story and i hope you come back love olivia♥♥

  48. Hi Roisin, One of the volunteers at our locally run community library had been suggesting books I might like to read and your “One Summer” was one she said she could not put down,
    Well, I have now finished it and was captivated by the characters and the story. Felt I knew them personnally! Which are the two books that slightly follow “One Summer”?
    What a wonderful imagination you have for writing.
    Ann Johnson

    • Hi Ann, big thanks to that volunteer! I’m delighted to hear you both enjoyed One Summer. The books that follow are After the Wedding and I’ll be home for Christmas, in that order. Do hope you can track them down, and hope they deliver too! Many thanks for getting in touch – Roisin xx

  49. Paula Campbell


    I have just finished “I’ll be home for Christmas.” I absolutely loved it and didn’t want it to be finished. You definitely need to write a follow on as we need to know what becomes of the characters!

    Thank you for such a wonderful book.

  50. Greetings from the US, Kentucky to be exact. I just finished Life Drawing for Beginners and I’m so sad to have finished it. I want more! I want the rest of everyone’s story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be trying to find more of your books over here. Thanks.

    • Thanks to you, Vee, for getting in touch – love that you enjoyed Life Drawing for Beginners – there may well be a follow-up at some stage, I was sorry to say goodbye to Audrey and Co! Hope you enjoy any others you get hold of – you could try kennys.ie, they’re an Irish bookshop site but they offer free worldwide postage on their books – Roisin xx

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