Review: You’ll Always Have Tara by Leah Marie Brown

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆


What It’s About:

A spoiled Southern belle loses her lavish lifestyle–and finds an unexpected new beginning . . .

Tara Maxwell seems to have been born under a lucky star, enjoying a life of leisure in beautiful, historic Charleston, South Carolina. But luck, and family fortunes, have a way of running out. Suddenly Tara is left with only one place to turn–her late aunt’s country home in north-west Ireland. The catch: to claim her inheritance Tara must agree to live in Castle Tasuildun for three months. With two other potential heirs. And choose one to be co-owner of the estate.

Tara sees right through her aunt’s matchmaking scheme, and she’s not willing to share Castle Tasuildun with anyone. If charm doesn’t get rid of her rivals, she’ll find some other way to drive Aidan Gallagher and Rhys Burroughes away. But as God is her witness, both men are infernally stubborn. Aidan, once her carefree childhood friend, is now an army veteran desperate for the peace the castle offers. Rhys, a smooth-talking businessman, plans to preserve the ramshackle property by transforming it into a luxury hotel. Tara, for the first time, is realizing that frankly, she does give a damn–about others’ happiness as well as her own. But is she ready to open her home–not to mention her heart–to the possibility of an epic adventure?

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My Thoughts:

You’ll Always Have Tara by Leah Marie Brown is a charming southern romance.  Ms. Brown combines the leisurely pace of a conversation with your best friend from the south with inherited Irish estates and handsome men.

The Riches to Romance series latest installment features middle sister, Tara Maxwell.  When her childhood friend and crush decides to marry her nemesis for political gain, Tara finds herself in a “what now” slump. The natural conclusion is to throw caution and decorum to the wind and head to Ireland to claim the estate your crazy aunt bequeathed you.  Too bad Tara will have to endure a few months with two wildly different locals in order to inherit her share of the estate.

I enjoyed Ms. Brown’s characters immensely.  The author richly portrays her characters such that I was able to jump into this story without feeling lost.  Her light-hearted romance is reminiscent of classics like Gone With The Wind and Rebecca. Ms. Brown’s delightful descriptions truly paint a picture of the landscape and food in Ireland.  My mouth watered whenever Tara was in the kitchen!

You’ll Always Have Tara is the perfect romance for readers who enjoy sopping up the details of the characters thoughts and lives.  I thoroughly enjoyed Tara’s time with financier Rhys and the brooding Aidan.


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