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The Connellys of County Down

The latest by NYT Bestselling author Tracey Lange was hard to put down, and I loved it!

The book opens with Tara Connelly's release from prison after serving 18 months on a drug charge. Tara returns to living with her brother, Eddie, who has lingering effects from a brain injury, his young son Conor, and her sister, Geraldine, who is harboring secrets of her own. And then there's the police detective who put her away and continues to show up at their door.

As a fan of Lange's previous book, We Are The Brennans, I was thrilled to get the chance to review this ALC! Lange is gifted at writing tangled and touching family dramas. She draws you in with her multi-dimensional and flawed characters that you come to deeply sympathize with as you witness their secrets, struggles, and bad decisions, where sometimes they have sacrificed some part of themselves and their lives out of love and loyalty toward their families. Tara was an especially strong FMC, but all of the characters in this book are so vividly written I know I’ll be thinking about them for a while to come. Also, I enjoyed the characters visiting Brennan's Pub in a nod to Lange's previous novel.

The talented Barrie Kreinik @barriebarriepix narrates this multiple-POV audiobook, and her performance brings this story and its different characters to life! Kreinik has narrated some of my favorite audiobook productions, including We Are The Brennans, and she also does a fantastic job here. A well-written, well-produced, and entertaining audiobook! Highly recommended!

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for the opportunity to review this gifted ALC.

My steep was Irish Cream Flavored black tea from The English Tea Store.


From Tracey Lange, the New York Times bestselling author of We Are the Brennans, comes The Connellys of County Down: a story about fierce family loyalty, good intentions gone awry, and the consequences of improbable love.

When Tara Connelly is released from prison after serving eighteen months on a drug charge, she knows rebuilding her life at thirty years old won’t be easy. With no money and no prospects, she returns home to live with her siblings, who are both busy with their own problems. Her brother, a single dad, struggles with the ongoing effects of a brain injury he sustained years ago, and her sister’s fragile facade of calm and order is cracking under the burden of big secrets. Life becomes even more complicated when the cop who put her in prison keeps showing up unannounced, leaving Tara to wonder what he wants from her now.

While she works to build a new career and hold her family together, Tara finds a chance at love in a most unlikely place. But when the Connellys’ secrets start to unravel and threaten her future, they all must face their worst fears and come clean, or risk losing each other forever.

The Connellys of County Down is a moving novel about testing the bounds of love and loyalty. It explores the possibility of beginning our lives anew, and reveals the pitfalls of shielding each other from the bitter truth.

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