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It Only Takes Once (A Village of Ballydara Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Colleen Browne
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A fun Irish love story set in the sleepy little village of Ballydara!
"The urge to contact an old boyfriend should be treated with extreme caution," says Dublin single mom Aislin Moore. In this breezy romantic comedy, twentysomething Aislin (pronounced "Ash-lin") decides her daddy-hungry son Kevin has been without a father long enough, so she follows the mad impulse to find the perfect father figure for her little boy... Who else but Ben Carpenter, her first love and the man she's never forgotten?

Turns out, easygoing businessman Ben is great father material. And more of a hunk than she remembered. Although Aislin is determined to keep things platonic, having Ben around is far more of a distraction than she planned, and before long, she’s fresh out of her klutzy charm to sort out the mess she’s created.

When Aislin takes refuge at her granny's cottage in Ballydara, County Galway, to plan her next move, she learns life has only begun to get complicated—and she is soon faced with decisions about family, forgiveness, and her relationship with Ben. Can a commitment-shy young mother find lasting love?

The Hopeful Romantic, the 3rd novel of the series, is now available! It’s the tender tale of a young Dublin wife and mother, whose satisfying marriage is upended by her yearning to follow her dreams. An old-fashioned love story, The Hopeful Romantic is also a sensitive portrayal of marriage, family, and second chances.

About the Author

Susan Colleen Browne is the creator of the Village of Ballydara series. Set in Ireland, the series includes Mother Love, Susan’s second novel, and the short stories The Secret Well and The Christmas Visitor. She’s also the author of a memoir, Little Farm in the Foothills: A Boomer Couple’s Search for the Slow Life, a Washington State Library “Summer Reads” book selection. Susan is a community college creative writing instructor and lives with her husband John in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll find Susan either in the garden, or working on her next Village of Ballydara story!

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3365 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Whitethorn Press (March 11 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RUWKB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but June 27 2015
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I like the story but I found it too wordy. Why not just tell Ben he is Kevin's father. She took too long.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars Sept. 11 2015
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Didn't do much for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Charming! July 19 2011
By Miscpatsy - Published on
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What a charming novel! I was reeled in from the first paragraph and couldn't wait to see what happened to the heroine, Aislin. Truly loved the cast of characters and their banter back and forth. I felt completely transported into the lives of these Dublin residents. If you're a fan of Marian Keyes, this one is for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars charming Oct. 24 2012
By florida gram - Published on
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I found the book charming, sweet and some surprises. Somewhat long in Aislin's going back and forth in her thinking about her dillema. I did enjoy it and would like to visit with the characters again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Despicable Aug. 10 2013
By david byrne - Published on
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The protagonist is supposed to be this cool,flippant, with-it single mom. Instead of identifying with the character, you wind up disliking her character and finding her the most annoying, mouthy, self-involved person you've ever had the misfortune to meet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading This Novel was one of the best reads in a long while. I shall read it again! And Again! Nov. 10 2015
By Marion R. Spicher - Published on
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I know five stars bothers some folks, but I don't review novels I don't like, and usually only review the ones that I find fabulous. I absolutely was enthralled by this book. Readers talk about being hooked in page turning mysteries, but this romantic comedy had me laughing and crying, pulling for the characters with all the power of my affections and hope. And I could not put it down. I have met and enjoyed many moments of conversation with the author, but for some reason I didn't get around to purchasing one of her books. Finally, at the Chanticleer Author's Conference in Bellingham, WA, Susan Colleen Brown and I connected again, and I finally bought this novel. I loved the characters, and I was taken deep into their hearts and minds as they pushed through internal barriers, and a few external ones, to do the right thing. We can relate to the troubled journeys through stumbling blocks in every life, left by childhood sorrows and misunderstood anxieties that won't let go ... and the delightful ending, though wonderful, made me sad that the story was ... well ended. So now it's on to her next book ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first village of Ballydara novel. July 1 2013
By Gemma Huntress - Published on
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This is my first village of Ballydara novel but it won't be my last. I'm finding it hard to put the book down and I will definitely be ordering more.
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