The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth - Juliet Gauvin

The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth

By Juliet Gauvin

  • Release Date: 2015-10-17
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 767 Ratings


A story about losing your way and finding your life. Book 1 of 3.

Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, but when she loses her great-aunt Mags, the woman who raised her, she boards a plane and leaves it all behind.

The Irish shores welcome her as she learns a shocking truth, kept secret for thirty-five years. Devastated and now alone in the world, Beth tries to find peace in a beautiful cottage by Lough Rhiannon, but peace isn’t what fate had in mind. Almost as soon as she arrives, Beth’s solitary retreat into the magic wilds of Ireland is interrupted by Connor Bannon. A man with light brown hair, ice blue eyes and a secret of his own. He’s gorgeous, grieving, and completely unexpected.

With the help of Mags’ letters, the colorful townspeople of Dingle, and Connor, Elizabeth might just find a way back to the girl she lost long ago and become the woman she always wanted to be.

A Note From Jules:

Be forewarned you might not want to start this book late at night—several readers have reported “gobbling it up” and going on to the next book immediately. This book is literary women’s fiction, it is not a traditional romance, per se.

It’s a trilogy, not a standalone. All three books are vital to the story: The Irish Cottage, The London Flat, and The Paris Apartment. That being said, I’ve found that traditional romance readers are VERY happy at the end of London. So take a ride with me, first to Ireland and then the world.

“If you enjoy Nora Roberts, you’ll like Juliet Gauvin. The Irish Cottage is a fresh take on women’s literary fiction, sometimes light and scrumptious and other times quite profound in its observations on life, love and loss.”

“A book that conveys the true feelings of Ireland when you visit…it’s a bit of a romance, history, travel, and mystery neatly tied into a book well worth reading.”

“It will give you the feels—only the good ones!”

The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth is an international women’s literary fiction romance novel with three books in the novel series. Other themes include: romance literary fiction, women’s sagas, love stories, and second chances at life.

“It was like a drug that I couldn’t get enough of. The Irish Cottage started it all and now that I have finished all three, I’m starting all over.” -Amazon Reviewer

"I started this book and couldn't put it down. It brought me to Ireland and I never wanted to leave." -Amazon Reviewer

"There is so much to love in this, the first in the [The Irish Heart] Series...I wanted to look out my cottage window and see a Lough of my own and the pub was just asking me to come visit...This story pulled me in from the very first page and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, stories of starting over, or romances set in other countries." -Goodreads

"Picked this up because it was set in Ireland, and it took me right back there. Wonderful writer, if you love Ireland and a good read I would recommend this book. I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series." -Amazon Reviewer

“I laughed, I cried, I hoped & dreamed. The series was beautifully told through poignant letters. A keeper of the heart.” -Amazon Reviewer

"Excellent book, one that was very hard to put down. Well-written, exciting, great author! I highly recommend this book to all...Get it then get comfortable because you will be in for a good long read, enjoy!" -Goodreads

"Great book! Elizabeth embodies strength and determination as well as compassion and forgiveness. The Irish Cottage combines the fairytale of Ireland with the real life struggles we all face." -Amazon Reviewer

"I bought the book yesterday and couldn't put it down. Very romantic, very sexy, with a heroine who can save her own bacon...and the wounded, hunky hero--be still my heart." -Goodreads

Q: How did you come up with The Irish Cottage?
Jules: Well the story came together in pieces. I love Ireland, I've always been attracted to the country, the people, the music, the dancing. I've spent time traveling the country so I knew I wanted to set the book there. And then the character of Elizabeth was based on a lot of the experiences I had when I was in law in San Francisco. When I was immersed in that world--it was a very dark time, and I really did lose my way--like Elizabeth. I even let long-time relationships die because I was in such a dark place, it was difficult to see anything past my own nose. So yeah, I knew I wanted my heroine to be a "recovering attorney" and I knew that I wanted her to have this great love affair in Ireland that would open her up to the truly great possibilities life has to offer.

Q: And what about Connor Bannon? Is he based on anyone?
Jules: Ummm...he might be an amalgamation of several people, but I think I'll refrain from commenting further--have to keep some of it to myself, don't I?

Q: Why did you elect to write literary women's fiction as opposed to traditional contemporary romance?
Jules: I knew I wanted to write in the literary women's fiction space because writing a story where the heroine's evolution is paramount--not just her relationship with Connor--is what really gets me, drives me--I love those types of stories. I like writing herstory--women's lives and journeys are so complex--I wanted to write a series that included a great love story, but didn't sacrifice the heroine's journey in any way. It's about Elizabeth finding her way--we all need to find our way. Sometimes people help with that, but ultimately each of us has to find our own path...and we all need love too.

Q: Why London and then Paris?
Jules: I lived in London for a time--I love it so much. It's one of the best cities on the planet, really. When I closed my eyes and thought about where Elizabeth's journey would take her I knew London would be next. And Paris--I lived in Lyon for a time as well and I've spent a lot of time in Paris so it seemed only natural for the final book to be set there. I also set certain things in motion in The Irish Cottage that make it impossible to end anywhere else--I knew I wanted to end it in France. Plus, Elizabeth has a major sweet tooth, like me, and Paris has the most amazing dessert masters in the world. I spent many hours pouring over the websites of my favorites and discovering some new ones. Those were the hardest and best research nights--I'm nocturnal, I write at night--and pouring over the websites of my favorite masters was heaven and hell. I wanted to get on a plane already. My sugar intake definitely went up while I was writing The Paris Apartment--and my waistline with it.


  • A GEM!

    By jt_shafer
    I LOVE reading. Primarily books set somewhere in Europe, with an element of history thrown in. Because I don’t get a lot of time to read, it is PRECIOUS, delicious time when I do. So I am hesitant & skeptical when it comes to committing to a new read. It needs to be WORTH IT. I have a series of national best sellers behind me & was longing for my next treasured story, so the bar was high. I came across The Irish Cottage whilst browsing the free options. In all honesty, the cover design didn’t have me convinced, but what’s that old adage...? ;) I am SO glad I looked into it further & even more ecstatic that there are 2 more in the series! I was literally giddy to read this story & cannot wait to dive into the next. THANK YOU for sharing these exquisite stories with us!
  • The Irish cottage

    By Avonlea2133
    This was truly a splendid book! It changed my life. To choose joy,feel alive,& love without worrying about the pain that might happen. Amazing author! The writing just flowed all the way from beginning to end! Highly recommend.
  • Finding Yourself

    By mathnana
    I totally loved this story! It was so exciting and heartwarming as each day helped the character find herself. Couldn't stop reading and realized I learned a lot about myself. It's like a guide to how we need to find our true selves. Can't wait to start the next book! Thanks for a true delightful read!!
  • The Irish Cottage

    By Beefoxee
    Great story that had me hooked from the start. From the Irish countryside, the mystique of the aunt's letters to her relationship with Conner. Fast moving and charming!
  • Excellent Insightful Book

    By Neatza
    This book is more than just a standard romance novel. It is a journey through a woman’s awakening to what her life should be. I actually found myself wishing there would be a book about Mags as she is such a full colorful character even deceased in this book! Looking forward to Beth’s adventures & continued discoveries in London!!
  • Excellent Book!

    By Nadiacheriffcssleiamnndndjfj
    This trilogy was extremely enjoyable!! I would highly recommend it!!
  • Wonderful read...

    By William/39
    Wonderfully written with just the right amount of teasing. The author has a good fix on the right time to “switch and bait” you. Looking forward to reading the others....
  • Love this series!

    By Ambrosia 5!
    It’s been awhile since I’ve had a series capture me the way this one has. Just read book 1 and 2 today and know I’ll wish there was a book 4 when I’m done. Very well written.
  • Devoured it!!

    By A.Anderson84
    Absolutely loved this series!! I couldn’t put it down, if I wasn’t working I was reading this! Fantastic character development, you come to love all the people Beth comes across in her journey and cheering for Beth and Connor’s romance.
  • Very good read !!!

    By quietlyjudging
    I loved how this book takes you through the main character’s process of emotions and life’s journeys, with a sense of lighthearted freedom and true inner strengths. I don’t usually leave reviews , just stars without explanation, but I can honestly say “ I couldn’t put it down “ I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next....