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About the Book

Book:  Irish Encounter
Author: Hope Toler Dougherty
Genre:  Sweet, inspirational romance
Release Date: May 7, 2015
Irish Encounter - FCAfter almost three years of living under a fog of grief, Ellen Shepherd is ready for the next chapter in her life, perhaps an adventure during a visit to Galway. Her idea of excitement consists of exploring Ireland for yarn to feature in her shop back home, but the adventure awaiting her includes an edgy stranger who disrupts her tea time, challenges her belief system, and stirs up feelings she thought she’d buried with her husband.

After years of ignoring God, nursing anger, and stifling his grief, Payne Anderson isn’t ready for the feelings a chance encounter with an enchanting stranger evokes. Though avoiding women and small talk has been his pattern, something about Ellen makes him want to seek her—and God again.

Can Ellen accept a new life different than the one she planned? Can Payne release his guilt and accept the peace he’s longed for? Can they surrender their past pain and embrace healing together or will fear and doubt ruin this second chance at happiness?

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I have always wanted to go to Ireland. In fact it is on my bucket list. In a small way I think I can check Ireland off my list. The author took me on a glorious tour of Ireland where I saw beautiful farms, quaint little shops and memories of a place that holds beauty and hope. 
Ellen is such a wonderful character that I felt I was walking beside her as she went to the shops and discovered beautiful yarn to order for her shop back in the states. The details of yarn and the vast array of colors fascinated me. I have never taken up knitting or crocheting but I admire the work that goes into it. It was a perfect place for Ellen to relax and enjoy herself . I love divine appointments and God sure had one for Ellen waiting for her in Ireland. 
Payne is a handsome man with sad eyes that say I’m hurting to those around him. He may pretend that he is fine, but the eyes tell it all. His past is heartbreaking and painful. When he and Ellen meet I could feel that something good would come from their encounter. It was interesting to see how the author included Ellen’s daughter in the story. I laughed when her daughter was a little upset seeing her mother having lunch with a strange man. 
One of the best things about this story is how Ellen was able to share her faith with Payne. They both have lost loved ones but one of them was still holding on to anger and guilt.  I thought the part where Payne goes to church and really listens to the message was a turning point for him. The story is not only about finding happiness but also letting go of the past. Guilt can destroy someone if they don’t deal with it and Payne has allowed that emotion to dictate his life for too long. 
I loved following Ellen and Payne on their journey to getting to know each other. One week could change their lives forever. Will Ellen be able to open her  heart again? Can Payne forgive himself and allow God back into his life? To find out these answers you will need to read this well written book. Readers will  discover how healing brings hope, forgiveness and unconditional love.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

About the Author

Hope DoughertyHope holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Forever Music is her fourth novel. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.

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Inspiration Behind Irish Encounter
A few years ago, I was staring at the first day of the rest of my life. My oldest daughter was set to graduate high school in less than a month. Two years later, her sister would march right behind her, followed in two years by their twin brothers.
Life as I’d known it for the preceding eighteen years was about to change enormously.
Throughout my tenure as a stay-with-my-children mom, I’d written for publications—sporadically—but I had a portfolio of articles with my byline in print.
That May afternoon, I decided to write something for Guideposts, a magazine filled with inspirational, faith-filled stories. I’d just completed “The Life of Moses” with Bible Study Fellowship, and I envisioned sharing wisdom and insight gleaned from thirty two weeks of study.
I penned What I learned from Moses on the top line of a yellow legal pad. As soon as I wrote this fascinating title, I immediately began daydreaming—about Ireland, not Moses.
In my daydream, a woman in an Irish café scribbled in a journal. A little old man in a tweed vest approached her, introduced himself, and began talking about his late wife.  I saw the wooden buttons on his vest and the Irish cap clutched in his hands.  Suddenly another man, dressed in dusty safari clothes, appeared to the woman’s left, lounging at his table and eavesdropping on their conversation.
This scene interested me infinitely more than the Moses idea. I turned the page to a fresh sheet and wrote everything I saw and heard in that Irish coffee shop.
Irish Encounter began that day. I didn’t know it yet, but God did. I just hurried back every morning to my desk to see what happened next. Before writing, I’d recite Bible verses from the Moses study, like Exodus 3:12 “And God said, ‘I will be with you’” and Exodus 4:12 “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (NIV)
I’d pray for guidance and help, and then I’d travel to Galway.
God led me onto this writing journey with a lot of prodding and pulling and nudges toward those interesting characters. I’m thankful every day He did, and I hope readers will enjoy the trip to Ireland with Ellen and Payne, too!

Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, July 28
Genesis 5020, July 30
Older & Smarter?, August 3
Betti Mace, August 6
Pause for Tales, August 8
Emily Yager, August 10


To celebrate her tour Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Irish Encounter, Deana! I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip to Ireland. I hope you get to go for real someday!

  2. Wonderful review, Deana! Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This sounds like a really great read.

  4. It sounds like the setting makes this story!

  5. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway.