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From the Power of the Matchmaker series:Irish heiress Caroline Fulton knows this house party, ostensibly celebrating the victory of Waterloo, is really an audition: will she make a suitable wife? Her host, an English lord, has already won over her father, who’s determined to buy a title with Caroline’s dowry. She is far from taken with the baron, however, especially once sFrom the Power of the Matchmaker series:Irish heiress Caroline Fulton knows this house party, ostensibly celebrating the victory of Waterloo, is really an audition: will she make a suitable wife? Her host, an English lord, has already won over her father, who’s determined to buy a title with Caroline’s dowry. She is far from taken with the baron, however, especially once she meets Niall Doherty, the impoverished, perceptive tutor to her host’s younger brothers. He shares her love of Irish fairy tales and seems to guard a troubled past…but neither quality will earn Caroline’s father’s approval....

Title : O'er The River Liffey
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ISBN : 29458425
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Number of Pages : 308 Pages
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O'er The River Liffey Reviews

  • Kathy
    2019-03-12 06:38

    This is a beautiful story. It's a slower paced tale but I'm glad I stuck with it. Niall tells a lot of stories which slow the pace of the book down but I enjoyed his tales so it worked for me. Endearing characters. Another great Matchmaker book!Content: CleanSource: Ebook review copy

  • Shash
    2019-02-25 09:41

    This was such a sweet story! I loved the characters. Caroline was such a good, kind person and I wish I were more like her. I also loved her friend Fiona. I liked the way they supported and loved each other. I also really enjoyed seeing their interactions with the two little boys in the story. Niall was a master storyteller. I loved reading the Irish tales he told. They added a unique aspect to the story.This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, so Miss Pearl was also in the story. In this book, her presence is very brief. Niall meets a mysterious, exotic stranger who tells him where he will find love. This was quite a different approach than we’ve seen from Miss Pearl before. I liked the way the story ended as Niall had to decide what to do about the mysterious stranger’s prophesy.The book contains a lot of Irish names, in large part due to the stories Niall tells. There is a pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book, which was appreciated. But I had to go back to it often, so I finally gave up and just pronounced them in my head the way they looked. :)This is the first full-length novel I’ve read by Heidi Ashworth. It really made me want to read more of her work!I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2019-02-23 07:26

    I usually enjoy a good Regency, but this one moved a little too slowly with not enough character development and too much mundane narration and conversation. I'd say it has an overall vibe of pleasantness, with Caroline as the consummate beauty in a perpetual good mood, her sidekick friend always willing to giggle at her little remarks, and Niall overcome by all her goodness. They are immediately attracted to each others physical appearance, develop a very proper and polite friendship, and bemoan the fact that her father would never allow a match between them... all within two days. Niall's Irish storytelling was a highlight of the book, and I especially enjoyed one in particular, of a girl who saves her brothers from a curse. Each of the books in the Power of the Matchmaker series utilizes Pearl, the Asian matchmaker, to various degrees, but this one had her involved the least amount. (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2019-03-10 08:51

    Here is another book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I love this series because each book is so different as they are written by different authors but they carry a common thread that ties them all together. Each book is meant to stand on it's own which is awesome because you can read these books in any order, at any time. My only suggestion would be to read the prequel novella to understand the common thread of Miss Pearl, the matchmaker.This book has a more sedate pace to it. It is gentle and very proper in it's romance. Caroline and Niall are both kind and intelligent characters. It was easy to sit back and enjoy them. Niall is a storyteller and his Irish fairy tales are woven throughout the book.I enjoyed this book but it was pretty slow moving. It wasn't something that captured my attention in a way that I felt compelled to press forward. I missed the presence of Miss Pearl. She appeared at the beginning of the book but wasn't really a part of the rest. I missed her.If you enjoy regency books, you should pick this one up. It is well written and presents the time period perfectly.Oh, and I love the cover. :)Content: CleanI received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kellyn Roth
    2019-03-07 03:53

    Not so good. It wasn't a bad story overall, and I enjoyed the Irish mythology, but there were quite a few problems.1: insta-love & physical attraction being the main reasons for the hero/heroine's romance.2: mysterious moans in the night that no one but the heroine can hear.3: mysterious moans in the night that wouldn't have reached the house through closed windows because they were coming from some distance AND (view spoiler)[ended up just being a man with a gunshot wound. (hide spoiler)]4: basically just the whole 'mysterious moans' thing made no logical sense whatsoever.5: The main girl felt too perfect for me. She didn't seem to have any faults (as the hero continually states).6: the book felt very all-over-the-place. There was a "mysterious prologue" that made no sense. Oftentimes it dragged and the description went on for too long.7: the whole matchmaker thing was just eerie and made no sense to me.Overall, I just didn't like it.This is a Goodreads- and Amazon-only review!~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-03-20 09:47

    I love a good story. What I found in this book is a good story that has a character who can spin a great story. I loved the Irish way of tellin' tales about the rich folklore and history.The story has some fantastic characters. I would say that Niall Doherty was my favorite. He is the storyteller. He is also a man who has been a victim of circumstance who continues to thrive in spite of his circumstances. I loved the strength of his character and his patience and understanding with everyone, the boys he tutors and the adults he interacts with. He doesn't tolerate foolishness, and says things that need to be said.Caroline is supposed to catch an English Lord. She has money and her father would like to see her with a title. It isn't the title that interests her, it is the tutor. I enjoyed the pacing in this story. I enjoyed the Irish setting. What I missed in this book is the presence of Pearl, the matchmaker. She shows up a few times, but her interactions with the characters are few and far between.I love the diversity of stories in this series. Each is a stand alone book, but when all are read it paints a picture of the power of love and the magic of the matchmaker. The settings are in different countries and time periods. I would recommend all of the books. They do not need to be read in order because they are very different and the only carry over character is Pearl.This book is clean with a little bit of violence and very little kissing. It is a very proper book. :)

  • Julie Carpenter
    2019-02-26 05:35

    This was a sweet clean romance novel that took place in 1815/1816 at a country house party in Ireland. Niall Doherty has lost his inheritance, his home, his father and his plans for his future. He is returning home to Ireland after a tour of Europe with his Professor to become a tutor for a couple young boys. His path crosses with a couple French soldiers trying to avoid returning to France. They become friends and Niall is about to share an Irish story with them on their last night together. Instead of sharing the story, he is interrupted and told that his personal story lies in a different direction than where he is headed. An exotic looking woman appears telling him that he needs to head to Dublin instead of Donegal and that is where he will find the woman who is destined for him and who will make him the happiest. He can choose any woman and will be happy with them, but this woman will bring him the greatest happiness he could imagine. He must head to the metal Ha'penny, or Wellington Bridge and find the woman who's name starts with an "L". Niall is confused because that bridge is only under construction when she mentions it and he is sure that this lady is crazy. If you haven't guessed it yet, this exotic lady is Pearl the Matchmaker. She only makes a couple small appearances in this story but connects this book to the Matchmaker series. Caroline Fulton is the daughter of a newly elevated wealthy gentleman. She is en route to a country house party of an English Lord at his newly inherited country estate in Ireland. Miss Fulton is accompanied by her rather grumpy and headstrong father and her dearest friend from finishing school, Miss Fiona O'Sullivan. Together they have many fun adventures and bring lots of light and happiness to the story. They are both very bubbly and fun loving characters that it's hard not to enjoy all the scenes with them in it. Both girls are excited yet nervous about this house party because they look forward to, yet dread, the expectation of possibly finding a match for marriage. Caroline, or Caro as her friend calls her, is rather nervous due to the fact that her father is taking her on this trip to secure a betrothal to the new heir Lord Bissell. Caroline wants to marry for love and feels that her dowry and inheritance of her father's estate should allow her to do such but her father wants to purchase a title for her with said dowry. I'm not sure if my brain was just extra tired while reading the beginning or not but I felt a little confused and had to reread some of the conversations between Caroline and Fiona. I believe more so because of the language used between them it seemed a little difficult to follow but that changed the further that I read into the story. It wasn't overly difficult but I did have to reread parts of their conversations a couple times to get my brain to understand. Like I said the conversations could be perfectly understandable for everyone else and it was just my tired brain causing me to reread.I really enjoyed the friendship of Caro and Fiona. They were Irish and looked down on by other members of the house party, who were English, and they really took it all in stride and smiled and behaved admirably towards those who were snubbing them. They supported each other and were able to laugh it off and continue to enjoy themselves despite some of the reasons for being snubbed not being their fault but other persons. They were good decent characters who were easy to relate to. I enjoyed the scenes when they interacted with Lord Bissell's young half brothers. At first I wasn't sure what to think about those two boys because of their wildness(as described by the tutor), yet when around these ladies they were happy and willing to comply. They created many of the scenes between Caro and the tutor and were very perceptive to the feelings of the different characters.Niall, if you haven't guessed is the tutor to Lord Bissell's young brothers. He is used several times to make even numbers at dinner with the house guests and it is at one of those dinners that he and Caro meet. Both are instantly drawn to each other by their looks and then through different conversations they have or overhear of the other they find they have such similar likes and dislikes. Their personalities are both lighthearted and loving. The downfall? Caro's name doesn't start with an "L" and Niall isn't a title gentleman. Caro and Niall have many chance, and many non-chance, encounters throughout that continue to draw them closer to each other and more in love. Niall is so frustrated because he can't believe that the matchmaker would tell him about this woman he needs to meet who will be his true love and bring him more happiness than any other, and then he meets Caro who he feels is his other half. Caro tries all she can to encourage her father to meet Niall and allow her the chance to choose for her heart and not for a title, yet he refuses to budge. There was a lot of frustration on Caro, Niall, Fiona and Lord Bissell's part throughout this story. They all had something they wanted but they all had certain restrictions pulling them away from those good desires. What would happen if they chose to ignore everything and went with their hearts? Could they live with the consequences that came? Could they be happy? Could they be happy following through with what society dictated of them? Are Niall and Caro truly meant to be together, or is there someone better for them that they haven't met yet?So many questions and options for you to wonder about as you read the book? How does the Matchmaker's vision for Niall play into all of this? How does Dublin play into all of this when they are in Donegal?One other aspect of the book that I wanted to touch on before I end my review is the Irish folklore/stories/history included throughout. I liked that the author showed from the beginning that the Irish are not as controlled/dictated by society, like the English, but are able to relax while still being good and following propriety and all the rules associated with society. I never like reading about the Irish and the stigma given to them from other countries(especially the English). I think I feel that way about any country or person because (soapbox time-sorry) everyone is a human being with feelings and emotions. We may have different cultures or perceptions but one person's/culture's/country's does not trump any other no matter how advanced or how much they have conquered. (Ok I'm off the soapbox now-*me stepping down*)The stories told about Irish folklore/history were well done and fun to read. Some were just little snippets and others more detailed. I'm trying to remember what several of them were just in case any of you are familiar with Irish folklore. I had heard a couple of them but knew them a little bit different, but still enjoyed the versions of them in this book. One story was of the beautiful Irish queen Maeve and her husband Aillil, another was of the Children of Lir, St. Bridgid or Bridgid of the Tuatha De Danann, and The Swan Bride. I'm sure there are a few others scattered throughout but those are the ones I remembered and knew where to look for their names. Throughout the book you'll also find racing in an Irish jaunting car, the banshee, capture, bandits, scheming boys, being locked in the tower(ok not the tower but a bedroom-a tower made it sound better), broken hearts, hidden notes, catty ladies, jealous suitors, giggling friends, and of course a love story.A fun jaunt into some Irish history with a little brogue thrown in. I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the last half of the story after everything had been set up. I hope you enjoy it and any other of the books in this series.I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.Happy Reading!!!

  • Mela
    2019-02-21 06:36

    Another too much unrealistic historical romance, as for me. As I wrote it before, in another review, I would have forgiven many historical errors (in manners and so on) if the story had gripped me. But it didn't. After 1/5 of the book I had enough. There is too much better books to wasting time for those which didn't speak to me at all.[Fortunately, I got it for free on Amazon, about two weeks ago.]

  • Erika
    2019-03-01 05:46

    A sweet Irish matchmaking!!~~~I received an ARC of O’er the River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth for an honest review!~~~This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, but can stand alone easily. Each book in this series is written by a different author with one minor character, Pearl, included in all the books. Pearl's story is the prelude to this series and I would recommend reading it prior to any books in this series. Heidi Ashworth has done a lovely job of penning the tale of Caroline Fulton and Niall Doherty and how they are destined to meet on the metal footbridge over the river in Dublin. Caroline wants to marry for love, not just to guarantee that her dowry goes to the suitor with a title of her father's choosing. Niall wants only someone to love and be happy with, for the rest of his days, but fears he has nothing to offer since the disgrace of his father's loss of the family fortunes at a game of cards. How the tutor and the heiress come together is a lovely tale of a bygone era where women had no choice and were obligated to do as their patriarchs deemed fit.I'm not sure if my brain was just extra tired while reading the beginning or not but I felt a little confused and had to reread some of the conversations between Caroline and Fiona. I believe more so because of the language used between them it seemed a little difficult to follow but that changed the further that I read into the story. The book contains a lot of Irish names, in large part due to the stories Niall tells. There is a pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book, which was appreciated. But I had to go back to it often, so I finally gave up and just pronounced them in my head the way they looked. Like I said the conversations could be perfectly understandable for everyone else and it was just my tired brain causing me to reread.A fun jaunt into some Irish history with a little brogue thrown in. I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the last half of the story after everything had been set up. I hope you enjoy it and any other of the books in this series.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-14 07:52

    This is another installment in the Matchmaker series! I have enjoyed each of these books so far. This one moves at a slower pace but I still enjoyed it. Pearl, the matchmaker, makes a few very short appearances (each consisting of a few paragraphs) at various parts of the book. She felt like more of a random character than the driving force behind bringing this couple together.Caroline and her father, along with her friend Fiona, travel to the home of a baron. Her father is hoping for a marriage between the two of them. Once they arrive, Caroline is taken with someone else. His name is Niall and he is the tutor for the baron's younger brothers. He's not a man of means and her father will never approve. Niall is a great storyteller and, while I enjoyed his stories, that's part of what slowed the pacing of the book down. I personally didn't mind too much, though, since at least he was a good storyteller!There are some complications to Caroline and Niall being anything more than friends, due to Caroline's social status and the prediction Pearl made to him about his true love match. I was curious as to how it would all pan out and was hoping for a happy ending. There are some great characters in this book and I enjoyed getting to know them. Overall, I liked this book and am looking forward to reading even more in this series!I received a copy of this book via eBooks for Review for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.Mel's Shelves

  • Brooke -Brooke's Books
    2019-03-10 03:56

    Another great story in the Power of the Matchmaker series. This one doesn't have as much of Miss Pearl as some of the others.http://brooke-brookesbooks.blogspot.c...

  • Pamela
    2019-03-22 03:44

    This book was very touching, and filled with Irish stories. Caroline is a daughter of new wealth, but her father wants her to have a title. He finds an older titled man, in need of money. Caroline, and her best friend Fiona, along with her father travel to a house party, to meet the possible intended. He is not at all what Caroline wants, in fact the gentleman tutor is more to her liking . He was a born a titled gentleman, whose father died, after playing cards, and loosing all. The story is delightful, and romantic, in a pure way. I loved the ending, and how everything works out for Caroline, and Fiona. Plus I loved the Irish folk tales that were told through out the book. It may have slowed the pace of the book down, but it added to its complete story, and made it enchanting. I am Irish on both sides, so I enjoyed the folk tales..The story line, and characters were well developed. The book has many twists, and adventures, and two little boys add to the story, and of course the handsome tutor, who was told he would meet his true love in Dublin, on a bridge not yet built, by a wisewoman, or matchmaker, it never explains her true nature, she could be a seer. I loved it.

  • VV
    2019-03-02 02:28

    I’m beginning to think that Georgette Heyer has spoiled regency era romances for me permanently. I probably will never be able to pick one up and not compare it to Cotillion or Frederica. It’s the typical scenario, as many romance novels go. Boy meets girl; they fall in love. There are lots of flirting and eye-gazing. Conflict enters in the form of class differences. She’s a rich heiress and he’s an impoverished gentleman. Her father’s in search of a title for his daughter and the love interest fails to meet his expectations. Naturally, when they meet, sparks fly. Priorities go out the door. Duties, what are those? I don’t really mind any of those things, to be honest. Here's the problem.Caroline Fulton is our female protagonist. She is beautiful, with hair of gold and eyes of blue, and soft, white hands. She is witty and charming and intelligent, and she is to be wedded (do you hear me, wedded!) to a baron whose only claim to quality is his title.Niall Doherty is our male protagonist. He is handsome, with dark locks and mysterious, haunted eyes. He is witty, charming and intelligent, and he comes with a tragic past™. That’s about it, really. All the other characters are pretty much props and plot points to push the romance along. There’s the mysterious matchmaker who’s there to play matchmaker (what else is she going to do?). There’s the obligatory friend who acts like a reasoning board but is soon pushed off when her own love interest is introduced, allowing the main couple to have their secret time together without interference. There’s the obligatory rival, the baron, who’s old and ugly and—more importantly—a jerk. His whole purpose for existing is to serve as a rival and foil to Niall. There’s the catty, spiteful girl whose sole purpose is to be Caroline’s foil. There’s the father whose only wish is for his own happiness, making him arguably the villain of this whole thing. And then there are the angelic/demonic children who are only angels to the protagonists and demons to everyone else, which only serves to point out how wonderful and flawless our protagonists are. I'm not getting much enjoyment out of it, except for the ending. I suppose that was something worth waiting for.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-13 07:45

    I loved that this installment in the Power of the Matchmaker series was set in Ireland. This is a great story with a steady pace and main characters so nice that you want to keep reading to see what happens to them. I love how Niall shares his Irish fairy tales with such ease and enchantment and how he treats his rascally charges with kind firmness. I also liked how Caroline is intelligent and kind and non-assuming in spite of her wealth and her bear of a father. With a little bit of danger and mystery and lots of dreamy romantic moments, you'll enjoy this story!*Thanks to eBooksForReview for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

  • Anna
    2019-03-06 07:33

    Plot: "O'er The River Liffey" is a romance novel featuring Niall Doherty, a handsome young Irishman with an interesting past and Caroline Fulton, a young eligible heiress. The novel is set in Ireland in 1815. Mr. Fulton takes his daughter to a house party hoping that she will marry a title. Caroline, however, is more interested in the young tutor working at the estate.I liked the mystery element to the plot, which made it a lot less predictable.I really liked the setting of the story, which reminded me a lot of Downton Abbey, with up-stairs and below-stairs.For the first 200 pages, the only thing that happens are exchanges between hero and heroine. At times this made the story feel as if it dragged. At the same time this gave the lovers time to get to know each other and made the love story believable.Characters: The main characters are perfect. Caroline is pretty, smart, talented, courteous, good with children... while Niall is good-looking, charming and well-educated. Also, both of them are virtuous in the extreme. Other characters in the novel come off as utterly despicable.This made most of the characters seem black and white and rather without depth. The most interesting characters to me where Niall's army friends, but we don't get much about them.Writing: It is obvious that the writing is meant to sound old-timey, but that didn't work for me, since it felt rather artificial. Also, the dialogue seemed a bit forced at times, especially when the children were speaking, they seemed like miniature adults.Overall: This novel is a quick and easy read (I got through it in two days). If you are in the mood for a fluffy romance, this is for you.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-08 05:34

    This is a very sad story that ends happily but after many years. I loved the writing. The scenery that the author put us in was easily seen in my head and I longed to go there. The characters are relatable. Caroline has only a father left. He has made his money and is determined to find his daughter a husband with a title. Caroline is okay with that. She loves her father. But when she gets to the home of the possible future husband, she meets his brothers tutor. He is well mannered and kind and smart and everything she wants in a husband. Now she has feelings and when her father sees that everything is not going the way he wants, he changes her life in a horrible way.Niall was once of money. But his father lost it all. Now he is an educated man who teaches children. He finds himself falling for Caroline. She adores the children and she is kind to him and they are alot alike. Niall knows it can't be besides the matchmaker told him he would find his match on the bride over the River Liffey with blue eyes and her name starts with an L. Caroline has blue eyes but that is where it ends. He can't help but long for her. Then she disappears.When they meet again. It is many years later and starts off sad before the happily ever after begins.If you like stories of overcoming obstacles, historical fiction, matchmakers, and finding lasting love than this is it!

  • Susan K
    2019-03-19 09:26

    This was a wonderful read. Miss Pearl didn't play as big of a role in this as she did in many of the other novels in this series. For me that was fine, I really did love Caro and Niall's story. It was a perfect portrait of their moments. I loved how perceptive the children were. The other side characters weren't as much a part of the story, although I loved how they all contributed. It was really being inside the minds and hearts of Caro and Niall. Their kindness, genuine tender feelings, their honest appreciation for the everyday 'life' they both desired. The desire to be cherished, working together for a home and family, to have loved ones close, their honest love of all things Irish, their heritage, drew them together, and me to their story. If I had one complaint, it was trying to fit my picture of them in with the side characters. I know the author wasn't concentrating on Caro's father, or the Baron, or the stepmother, but they were a little flat for me as characters. In defense, I did love Caro and Niall so well, it wasn't that big of a drawback. I kept wondering about her name, it was fun how that part of the story resolved. It was a lovely portrait of a fall by two honest hearts. My favorite kind of novel.I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Sam B
    2019-03-09 01:52

    3.5 starsI received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review.This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series. The story in general was pretty good, the characters were likable and the setting was beautiful, but there were a few things that brought down the rating for me.First, I was really deceived about Pearl's appearance. She was only featured twice and both time said about a sentence before leaving. I really like Pearl! She's the link between all of these books and I love to see her bring the hero and heroine together. So I wished she would have been there a lot more...Also, Niall is a storyteller. I have nothing against stories and legends, but there must be about 7 of those throughout the book. I felt it took way too much space.The one thing that really did it for me is the ending. (view spoiler)[At the beginner of the book, Pearl tells Niall that he will meet his match on the Liffey Bridge in Dublin and that the lady's name will start with L. At the end of the book, Niall and Caroline meet on the bridge and when he declares his love, she admits to him that her actual name is Lina.(hide spoiler)] This was just all too convenient to me!

  • Alisa
    2019-02-28 01:51

    Niall Doherty is intelligent, kind and Irish. He is also a master story teller, but there is little hope of him getting his own happy ending. As tutor to Lord Bissell’s two younger half-brothers he meets Caroline Fulton when she comes to the baron's house party as a possible suitor for Lord Bissell. She has the wealth that Lord Bissell needs and Lord Bissell has the title that her father is determined that she marry.It had been foretold (by Pearl, the Matchmaker, of course) that Niall would meet the love of his life on a metal bridge that spans the River Liffey and her name will start with the letter "L". I missed Pearl as the mischievous matchmaker; in this story she was more of a dark, mysterious fortune teller.This story had slow dialogue and very slow drawn out pacing. It picked up a little at the end. Both Niall and Caroline are likable, but for two people who fell deeply in love so fast, it felt like a lot of chemistry was missing.Content: Very cleanSource: Review copy (opinion is 100% my own)

  • Barbara
    2019-03-05 01:35

    I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. Niall has a tutoring job in Donegal. He is sad because it will be unlikely that he will find a wife. Out of the shadows a woman tells Niall that it is in Dublin that he will find the One on a metal bridge that spans the River Liffey. Miss Pearl doesn't see it clearly, but she has blue eyes and her name begins with an L. Caroline and her father are visiting Lord Bissell. Her father wants her to marry him. When she meets Lord Bissell and gets to know him, she refuses to marry him if he ever proposes. Since Caroline and her friend don't have a maid, they take care of their clothes and hair themselves. This becomes a problem when Caroline comes out of the woods with yesterday's dress on, her hair is a mess, and she is covered with mud and grass. What is her father going to do? What happened to Caroline while she was in the woods?

  • Jami
    2019-03-20 07:28

    Such a sweet regency. I love the main characters, Niall and Caroline, and enjoyed the Irish folk tales and the poems masterfully intermixed with the story. I'd classify the pace of the book much more a sweet ballad than a vigorous jig. The story is not a romp, all silliness and jokes, nor a lust-fest. It is a true romance, where two people are immediately attracted to each other and then discover many things in common and develop deep and lasting feelings for each other. That love motivates them to overcome the obstacles that separate them. A very satisfying read.I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys clean romances and historical fiction.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-05 02:45

    What a fun weekend read! If you love witty, adventure filled, clean reading romance novels this is a great one. I love Heidi Ashworth's other books and this one doesn't disappoint. This book has it all; the classic yet impossible love story, fun witty characters and adventure. I love how the characters seem to find themselves as the story progresses. I also love how the heroine of the story is a strong and bold female. She is independent, compassionate and can make her own decisions. All in all a great read!

  • Leila
    2019-02-24 09:27

    Delightful book that honestly took me longer to read than most books the same size. I believe the reason is just like eating a seven course gourmet meal ~ one takes their time savoring every bite of every course, much of which is a new experience. Heidi has a delightful way of infusing all kinds of interesting 'flavors' in this literary meal through the description of wearing apparel, furnishings , proper etiquette, landscapes etc. Definitely ......waiting patiently for the next creation Heidi 'whips up'.

  • Lisa Mason
    2019-03-15 03:31

    As a part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, O'er the River Liffey was one of the best yet! I absolutely adored the Irish setting and characters. This story truly illustrates that love manifests on its own and sometimes we can control its outcome when we listen to our heart (and matchmaker lady!!!!). I almost believed that love would not pull through for Niall and Caroline.....the author did a fine job of playing with my emotions! Such a fun read!

  • Nancy Runyan
    2019-03-10 09:27

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Love the attention to detail and characters.

  • Jeanne Johnston
    2019-03-03 03:36

    I don't know if it was the stilted, overly flowery dialogue or the Irish angle in particular that bothered me but something about this annoyed the crap out of me. Maybe it's that for a culture known for being colorful and passionate, these people were so painfully proper and dull. Maybe it was he labored way to convey their Irish-ness (I've read some stories with Scots that me, too, but I'm sure I'm more forgiving because I relate to them and attempts to convey the burr aren't as annoying). Yes, this era is ridiculously proper but I found it funny they kept making references to how the English in their company were so much more strict in their social mores but we never really saw it. The main characters were so painfully prim and chaste, it belied their statements about being seen as wild and scandalous by English standards. They ALL had a stick up their arses. The only one really pushing boundaries was the bitch, Lady Anne--and no one seemed to react much to her bitchiness. Especially weird that they were in Ireland, the hosts included Irish blood, yet it was the English that set the standard and they were openly rude and dismissive of the more Irish guests. Well, we assume they were. There was next to no character development of what was supposedly a large group (14 in the party, including Niall,, but most of them were never even introduced).Caroline's father irked me, too. For a father and daughter supposedly so close, he certainly was distant and an arse to her, assuming the worst and giving no chance to explain herself. Dad nails her windows shut and locks her in your room for weeks because she appears a bit disheveled (thanks for your concern over my well being, Da), and she's supposed to guess why he's pissed and what she's supposed to do about it? Sorry, but if I ever go time traveling, I won't be heading here. The era has never felt less romantic or fair to women, and eye contact or an accidental brush of a hand is not at all my idea of something to swoon over. Far too repressed for my tastes.

  •  Mummy Cat Claire
    2019-03-16 01:48

    I decided to read this book as it is one of several in the Matchmaker series. Being new to the series, I have only read one other book, but I think I preferLove is Come over O'er the river Liffey. This is hard for me to say because I love the cover and title of this book. The synopsis was intriguing but the book fell flat for me. Miss Pearl reveals herself to Niall Doherty in the beginning of the book. She tells him that he will meet a woman on the bridge of the River Liffey and her name will begin with the letter L. He isto find her and marry her as she will make him very happy.Miss Caroline Fulton and her father are guests at Oak View. It is hoped that she will marry the baron, as her father wants her to marry a titled man. The baron has invited several guests to come stay at his home and have a party. "Together, with my other guests, I daresay we shall make a merry party."Niall Doherty, is the tutor to the baron's younger brothers, Christopher and Charles. Niall is described as a great story teller. He has dark hair and water colored eyes that are striking. "the curve of his mouth...all were every bit as mesmerizing as the musical lilt of his voice.' He comes from a well known family from Dublin, but his father was cheated out of a card game...the family lost everything. Niall had to find work, even though he was born to comfort. Mr. Doherty is invited to dine with the family because of an odd number. He and Miss Caroline strike up a friendship. She starts by helping out with the young boys, then she comes to organize a song and performance. After a warning from Caroline's friend, Miss Sullivan, she tries to avoid Mr. Doherty but her intentions don't last long. As for Niall, he knows that he should not associate with her. "He knew very well they did not; he was not an acceptable suitor, nor had he met her on the bridge o'er the River Liffey."About the third day of her stay, Caroline hears a Banshee in the woods. Many tell her that doom will befall someone in the house but Caroline doesn't believe that.A misunderstanding between Caroline and her father causes her to leave and she fears she will never see Mr. Doherty again. The summary of this book is hard because hardly anything happens in this book. Slow isn't really the word I would use to describe it. The book is quite boring. Do not read this book if you are expecting exciting things to happen, sabotage, murder, espionage, etc. None of that is here but a sweet story that moves slowly. Ashworth, takes her time in setting up the story and developing her characters. But the pace suffers. The first chapter is very important to the book and I must confess, I forgot half of what was said and until I sat down to review the book, I had not even remembered reading the first chapter. Shame on me, I know. The author has quite a vocabulary and she uses her knowledge in this book. Many times, I used the dictionary option on my kindle to define a word for me. I mean, never even heard this word before kind of feeling. I found the dialogue and the writing to be refreshing. It is quite accurate of the time, but after reading 30%, it becomes old and too drawn out. "I am gratified that you should find my stories in the least diverting, and I am pleased to honor your request. he said as he took up the offered chair. To his mingled satisfaction and misgiving, Miss Fulton sat directly across from him. He could not fail to see her unless he made a point of looking away."At first, the characters are a bit thrown at the reader. The characters who are mentioned most often are not hard to place but the other persons were hard for me to remember. The family situation was a bit confusing to me. The baron is the elder brother of the two children and the lady of the house, a Lady Bissell, her place was lost to me. Pearl only appears in this book twice. Her presence and message are the same and almost unhelpful. Niall doesn't exactly ignore her but he seems to not listen well. It was almost as though he pushes her words to the side and does what he wants anyway. The entire book takes place over five days. The friendship between characters happens quite fast. I thought the party and the characters were together longer, but the author reminds the reader of the time frame. This is quite fast to me and instalove is definitely on the table but again, the way the book is written, things come off slow paced and it doesn't feel like only five days. After the characters leave Oak View, there is a few months gap. I love how the book takes place in Ireland. Not many books of this time have such a setting. The book is exclusively in Ireland and the author added in several cultural things, which I enjoyed. In the beginning of the book, there is a description of the bridge over the River Liffy. It is known as the Ha'penny Bridge. I really enjoy it when a book includes historical facts. Also in the beginning, the book includes pronunciation helps to various names used. Overall, the writing is similar to a classic tale. Slow in the beginning, not a whole lot going on between the characters, etc. I wasn't sure where the book was going and I questioned the point. Not until 60% in did the book speed up and start making better sense to me. Having said that, the ending was long. The author adds in many details and rambling which delayed the ending. The last story told by Niall was strange for me. The story didn't make any sense and seemed a filler and not worth adding into the book. I liked the book in the beginning but things took way too long for me. I didn't like how Pearl was used in the book. I would recommend this book to persons who enjoy older, classical books. The author's writing style will support this recommendation. Content: cleanI received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Heather Belleguelle
    2019-03-06 09:48

    I had been told that O'er the River Liffey was an enjoyable read, and, on the whole, I found that to be the case. In my opinion, there are very few American authors who manage to successfully write historical fiction set in Britain and Ireland, but Heidi Ashworth does a pretty good job. I can't comment on how Irish the characters, particularly Niall Doherty, sound, but they don't sound American, which is a refreshing change. The occasional American word slips in (most notably "candy"), but on the whole the book sounds like it fits on this side of The Pond.The romance between Niall and Caroline is very sweet, and the book is interesting in that it includes various stories from Irish folklore, which I presume are genuine. I did feel that the author lost the flow of the story towards the end of the book though, and I was left with a few unanswered questions and felt that some sections were unnecessary. However, for readers who enjoy a gentle, slow-building romance, and like books that feature cute little boys, this could be one worth picking up.

  • Maria Thomas
    2019-03-15 08:37

    Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. I was interrupted in reading it and when I went back to it a few days later I couldn't really remember what the story was about. So not overly engaging for me.... It was clean though. I kept wondering at things like why would the hostess allow her guests to tend the children? They are guests, not servants. It is a quick to fall in love story and while I often complain that the would be love interests in books don't communicate their feelings well and I want to scream at them to just talk already and confess your love, this one may have gone to the other extreme. It was more like, "well, we've known each other for a few days now so why don't you go speak to my father?" Truth be told, I don't like Goodread's rating scale. I think three stars should mean that the book was okay. I think this book was just okay but I don't really want to give it just two stars. I think the scale should be 1: I hated it2: I didn't like it3: It was okay4: I liked it5: I loved it. But that is just me....

  • H
    2019-03-23 08:37

    I didn't love this, though there wasn't any one thing that set me against it. I just couldn't really get into it, and with so much of the story devoted to Niall's stories rather than plot, character development, etc., I didn't really have the opportunity to become really invested--though the stories were cool. Unnecessary, and really slowed up the pace sometimes, but legends and fairytales are always interesting to read about.