Friday, October 21, 2011

Pump Up Your Book blog tour: The Pub Across the Pond by Mary Carter

From the back of the book:

Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At thirty, she’s living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes.

About the author:

Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Pub Across the Pond is her fifth novel. You can learn more about her books at

Just my opinion:

When Carlene Rivers wins an Irish pub in a raffle, she sees it as the opportunity to finally get out from under her dead-end life. Caring for her father since her mother’s death has been stressful, to say the least, and she’s ready to strike out on her own. Who would have thought she’d fall head over heels in love with the quaint little pub, the odd ball clientele she inherited … or the previous owner?

I absolutely adored this book. It was such a fun read and I kept rooting for Carlene throughout the entire novel. I’m not sure if I agree with her choice of men, but I have to admit, he does sound fascinating.

I don’t want to tell you too much about the book because I don’t want to give anything away. I really think you should read this for yourself.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m very impressed. Her characters are well-developed and she takes you right into the pages with her descriptions of the setting. I’ve never had a huge desire to travel to Europe, but after reading The Pub Across the Pond, Ireland does indeed sound enchanting.

For more information about this blog tour, visit the Pump UpYour Book website. You can purchase the book at your favorite bookseller. It is available at Amazon by clicking here.

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