01 July 2020

Once Upon an Irish Summer | Book Review + Giveaway


You can’t embrace your future until you deal with your past…

Fiona Burke has long been obsessed with Ireland’s famed, sixteenth-century pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. Now that she’s on the final stretch of earning her PhD in history, all she needs to do is finish her dissertation—with Grace O’Malley as her subject—then return home to Boston to defend it. Once that’s done she can compete for a highly coveted history professor position.

Fiona arrives in western Ireland aiming to interview the locals and find additional folklore to flesh out her work. But when she encounters Grace’s distant relative—the handsome, commanding Rory O’Malley—she gets seriously distracted. Rory shares her passion for history and Ireland, and cares for his grandfather and great-uncle in a winsome way. Unfortunately he also carries wounds beyond his injured leg…wounds that threaten to dismantle every little bit of a relationship that he and Fiona begin to build.

As a famed TV host becomes intrigued with Fiona—as well as convinced she should do guest appearances on his show—Rory starts to figure out that he might be as interested in his own personal romantic future as he is in Ireland’s epic past. But can he take the steps toward the healing he needs before it’s too late? It all remains to be seen… Once Upon an Irish Summer.

"Lisa Bergen has penned an immersive read laced with intelligence and steeped in the myths of Ireland. Transportive and warm, Once Upon an Irish Summer is a thoughtful escapist romance featuring a clever, relatable heroine, an unforgettable hero and intercepted by the history of legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley. With just enough vulnerability to loan it a deft human touch and backed by impressive research, this is a treatise on quiet heroism and finding home in lush, new places."—Rachel McMillan, author of Dream, Plan, Go and The London Restoration

"Lisa Bergren took me on a glorious trip to Ireland...and I didn’t want to come home! Wonderful characters, a beautifully painted setting, and an intriguing mystery were only the beginning. But it was the romance simmering between Fiona and Rory that truly stole my heart and made me turn the last page with a contented sigh. Highly recommended."—Deborah Raney, author of the Chandler Sisters novels and A Nest of Sparrows

“Ireland comes alive – the history, the scenery, the people – in this delightful contemporary romance from Lisa T. Bergren. Rory’s vulnerability and Fiona’s tenacity had me celebrating every gentle step and stumble in their blossoming love story, all while enjoying the historical mystery they hope to solve.” --Rel Mollet, RelzReviewz.com

Publisher: Stonewater Books
Release Date: July 1, 2020



What a delightful adventure! My trip to Ireland earlier this year had to be cancelled, so Lisa T. Bergren’s Once Upon an Irish Summer proved to be just the Irish fun I needed.

Fiona Burke heads to Ireland to research the subject of her dissertation, the famed pirate queen Grace O’Malley, and of course, one of her distant relatives, the handsome Rory O’Malley, she does not exactly need.

From beginning to end, the pages of this book feel transportive. As I read, they immersed me in the captivating scenery and history of Ireland. Add to that a sweet romance, a bit of a mystery, and two characters I could not help loving, and Once Upon an Irish Summer is perfectly enjoyable. If you needed a trip to Ireland, like I did, I definitely recommend checking out this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books in a variety of genres, that have sold over three million copies combined. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and three big kids. You can find out more about her at LisaTawnBergren.com.


  1. These all look good! Taking an armchair vacation to Ireland in the pages of this book would be wonderful :-)

    Thank you for your review and giveaway chance to win one of these books!

  2. I've been wanting to read Lisa's books for a while. :)

  3. I always enjoy readin* Lisa’s books. Thanks.