It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Published: 13th July 2017
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Set in late 1950s Ireland and New York, the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.
Set, like Maeve Binchy’s early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.
Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality.
But in the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?
Thank you to the publishers and Kate Kerrigan for the chance to read this book and to be involved in the blog tour.
This book started slow to begin with, and it does jump around a bit between the women and with time, but it all slowly comes together in the end. The way it is all done works well, there is a lot of path crossing and potentially big what ifs, but it does work. It did get confusing with how quickly the time did move, and it made me question whether things were all moving at the same pace with all the people when it came to their chapters, or paragraphs.
The one person everyone has in common is Patrick, and it works perfectly. All the women add something to the book, and all have their own parts to play when it came to him. Of the 3 women, I felt more of a connection with Ava or Sheila. I wasn’t really keen on Rose though, whether that was her naivety or her innocence, she just didn’t click with me. Ava knew exactly what was expected of her, but she still bit the bullet and went for what she truly wanted. Girl after my own heart. Sheila had a sense of purpose, maturity, and a feeling of toughness that the other girls lacked. I would say that Patrick is full of regrets, but does what is right and does what is for the best. He loves Rose, and he does love Ava. But his heart will always go to his music first, but he does finally realise who is love is.
Kate Kerrigan has a unique writing style, I enjoyed it, I felt for the characters and their love, their heartache, their losses. This book was beautifully written, but it took me a long time to get into it. While I enjoyed it, and did feel for the characters, I felt it was a little rushed and was missing something to make it spectacular. I can’t pinpoint what I thought it was lacking though. The ending was a sudden thing, I would have loved to have known if everyone was happy with their choices, and if it worked out well for them. It leftbtoo many what ifs and do they/don’t they for me, I would have liked things to be wrapped up neatly.
I give this book 3/5. I liked the majority of characters, I liked the romance, loved the setting (who doesn’t love a New York story?!), the music references, it was written beautifully, but as I said, I felt it was missing a spark. Something to make it so much better and mind-blowing.