Jenny seemed to have everything.
Fearless and talented in the saddle. Brilliantly distinguished in the boardroom. Beautiful and sensational in the bedroom. She was still unfulfilled, searching. Why?
Her handsome, doting husband, Dr. Ken McKevitt, knew the answer. Devastated by his failure, consumed with intense possessive love, he tried desperately to hold on to her.
Garry Wren, a stunning young racehorse trainer had just ‘arrived’ in the picturesque Dream Valley, an idyllic location for his new stables.
Fate played its devastating hand in locking all three together in an intriguing and turbulent saga, finding Jenny her elusive fulfilment, and her husband, his long sought peace of mind.
The reward was great, but the cost was even greater.
A romantic suspense mystery of adventure, passion and intrigue.
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We love a really strong story-line – this is definitely one; the plots and sub-plots are woven and blended in a beautiful flow of mystery and intrigue.
We long for unique characters – this saga is adorned by extraordinary and loveable people that capture the imagination and leave a lasting impression.
We look for excitement, adventure, suspense, drama, hot sensual passion, and we desire to be touched and inspired with empathy and emotion – this novel has it all and had me fascinated and captivated from the first chapter to its emotional conclusion, leaving me bewildered and longing for much more of this riveting entertainment.Paddy Cummins has proved in all his novels to be a master story-teller. His construction, narration, dialogue, descriptions, and sex scenes – steamy but sensitive – are all vital ingredients that embellish this delicious feast. He never fails to satisfy our fictional appetites, leaving a beautiful after-taste, and a yearning for much more of the same.
‘Dream Valley,’ in my opinion, deserves to be crowned with the accolade ‘Read of the Year’ and to help it on its way I’m awarding it, with acclamation, a richly deserved Five Stars.
Her human bloodlines are a secret too, but they would lead to turmoil, strife, and dismal failure.
The dream of nineteen-year-old, penniless, stable lad, Ricky Barker, to one day own a stud farm takes an unexpected turn with the chance discovery that his wealthy Farmer/Politician boss is not the Sam McArdy he thought he was.
It is the first step on an incredible journey that would lead him to Gillian Johnson, and change their lives forever.
Two years of adventure, excitement, ecstasy, passion, turmoil and pain would follow, but his cherished dream and Gillian’s true love are the powerful strengths that bring them through.
A beautiful romantic adventure packed with suspense, mystery and intrigue.
Michael K Hayes. Author & BBC presenter of: ‘Have Your Say’
Reading this book was like wrapping myself in a soft over-sized blanket with a mug of cocoa on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The story follows a young man’s determination to hang on to his horse and his dreams of one day being the owner of a successful stud yard. Along the way he finds love, support from surprising places and discovers a little of his heritage.
A heart warming, relaxing read.
It’s a tale of love and romance, adventure, family dynamics, celebrations and joy but also greed and hidden secrets that threaten to destroy the future happiness of certain people.
Ricky Barker is a poor stable lad who has dreams and aspirations of one day owning his own stud farm. His boss is wealthy farmer and landowner Sam McArdy.
Janet Johnson is a successful business woman in the bloodstock breeding industry but is cold, calculating and ruthless when crossed. She has little time or respect for her daughter, Gillian.
This is a very entertaining, well written and enjoyable read that will keep you enthralled from the very beginning to the surprise at the end.
Happy reading everyone!!!
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It was a gentle read, yet enough interesting twists and turns that I could not put it down.(well I did to go to dinner etc). The final part of the jigsaw was kept almost to the last page, and I found myself wondering at the care kept for the equine blood line, yet thrown haphazardly away for the horse breeders own offspring.
For someone who knows nothing about horses, there was enough detail to learn a little, but never to bore. Thanks for quite a few hours happy reading. Josephine Kelly, author ‘From Lindos with Love’.
This is really good read with an interesting narrative. The nonstandard punctuation for dialogue was a bit disconcerting; and the Janet character was so shrill and her machinations so annoying that I *almost* stopped reading, but I’m really glad I finished.
The plot gets better and better, and the threads unravel and are rewoven in an unexpected and satisfying way.
I would recommend this book.
It has become my colour postcard, but now I must share it with two million other visitors who come each year, lucky like me, to have discovered this little Heaven.
This is classic travel writing – a brilliant read.”
Michael K Hayes. Renowned Travel Writer. BBC Radio Presenter.
If you have ever been to Malta or are planning a trip there, this is a must read. It is Malta through the eyes of an Irishman who has visited there every year for the past 10 years. Paddy Cummins has, in the words of X factor judges “nailed it” when he describes the island and the people – I found myself nodding away and agreeing with him totally. His lighthearted descriptions of the British tourists also had me in total agreement – he really is a people watcher of the first order!
Whilst I have been to many of the places he has mentioned in his book he talks about a whole host of places I haven’t visited yet and now I am eager to go again and do more exploring, encouraged by his obvious love of his “home from home”. I noted, after a bit of googling that he must have renamed the hotel he stayed in (probably to keep it a hidden treasure), but from his description of it I am pretty sure I know which one it is! I am now inspired by this book and can understand now why so many elderly people choose to winter there for three months at a time. Hopefully, God willing, in a few years time I will be able to do the same and yes I will take my own mug to the hotel with me!
Molly resisted the move for as long as she could. When she finally agreed to leave the comfort and convenience of city life, take her five children to the hardship of life in a little thatched homestead on the edge of a bog, and endure the trials and tribulations of caring for a cantankerous old mother-in-law, she often painfully regretted her mistake.
Isolated in a desolate old shack by a railway line, at the end of a long lane, with only the passing trains and the birds of the bog to break the silence, was no place for a young family, and to survive, she had to call on all her powers of patience, wit and creativity.
Fate, and her own unflinching determination, finally came to her rescue, and she emerged with her dignity intact, her spirit restored, wiser and better prepared for the bright future she so longed for herself, her husband, and her children.
This is the true story of Molly in the primitive Ireland of the fifties. It is also my story. How?
Molly was my mother.
QUOTES FROM REVIEWERS.
“Inspired by a true story of life in Ireland three generations ago”
“A tearful of Irish childhood memories”
“A heart-warming novel of bygone days in Ireland”
“A glimpse of old Ireland through childhood eyes”
“A beautiful memoir of growing up in the Ireland fifty years ago”
Astute and stoical Molly is uprooted from civilized city life to live in a thatched house on the edge of a bog, next to a railway line. The health of her cantankerous, old mother-in-law is failing, so the family have had to up sticks and go to live with her.
Slowly, over the following months, warm and generous-hearted neighbours help the family accumulate pony, trap, hens, etc., to make things easier on the new,young family in their midst.
The vivid and evocative prose conjures up a simplistic way of living that is now gone forever but, thankfully, is lovingly and accurately recorded here by the author. Through it all, the beautiful Irish brogue can be heard singing off the pages, and the warmth and generosity of these lovely people stayed with me long after I finished this book. I’m glad to have had the privilege of knowing them a little, for a short time.
Inspired by a true 2008 sea disaster that is still being investigated.
An epic and harrowing story of intense human drama.
“This is a superb read and a story that will remain with you forever. Paddy Cummins captures so many moods in his telling of this tragedy, you feel you are there with the central characters. And because it’s relating to a true story, it’s even more poignant. You’ll find it difficult not to cry at certain parts.
It’s true that at times, the sea shows no mercy; the tension is built up so well here that you won’t know until the time is right whether or not the sea needs more souls. This is a book and a story, which will travel and will be read and told when we are long gone”.
Damien Tiernan. RTE. Irish Television. Author of: ‘Souls of the Sea’.
“Children should not die, but it happens, and in recounting this harrowing tale, Paddy Cummins has reached into the very fabric of the human soul.
This book is not just for people interested in fishing or the sea. It is for everybody, and is one of the most emotionally charged books published this year”.
Brendan Keane. Book Review. Echo Newspapers.
“This sensational new novel sheds light on one of the most intriguing sea mysteries of recent times, and explores the dark sinister theories surrounding the explosion and fire that sank a fishing boat, throwing her crew into the Mediterranean Sea, and the Island of Malta into shock and confusion.
Full of Mystery, Drama and Intrigue.
The Malta Times (Bookshelf)
The crew had nothing but a flimsy, makeshift raft of netting, and some plastic containers, and for six days and nights drifted aimlessly in a harrowing struggle of human endurance.
It’s four years now since that terrible tragedy, but the Maltese people are still baffled and bewildered. They remain unconvinced with the explanations offered, and with the scant evidence produced to show what really happened on that ill-fated voyage.
The family-owned and operated fishing boat left the little port of Marsaxlokk at 5 am on July 7th 2008 for a sword fishing trip to the fertile fishing grounds 80 miles from Malta off the coast of Sicily. Three generations of the family were on board, plus two crewmen, a Maltese and a young Somali.
Three days of excellent fishing that filled the hold with swordfish was amazing, they were steaming for home a day earlier than planned, and the Skipper and crew were jubilant.
The catastrophe that befell the ‘Simshar’ and her crew on their homeward journey, and the circumstances surrounding it, has since been the subject of exhausting government and police inquiries.
On July 12th, the wife of the skipper reported the vessel and its crew missing, and The Armed Forces of Malta embarked on a massive search and rescue operation, which lasted for six days without finding the slightest trace of the ‘Simshar’ or the crew.
The Island of Malta was awash with rumours, raw anger, and conspiracy theories. Reports of Maltese and Sicilian fishermen being at war over encroachment of rich fishing grounds fueled the speculation. Malta, despite having an extensive fishing fleet, had not suffered a fatal fishing tragedy for 84 years, but this one gripped the island in a frenzy of turmoil and emotion.
While researching ‘The Crying Sea’, Irish author, Paddy Cummins spent many months among the Marsaxlokk fishermen, discussing the tragedy and hearing their views. To protect those involved, the story is told in fictional form, with the names of people and places changed. All the characters in the novel are fictional, created by the author, and are not the real characters.
The book is a profile of suspense, mystery and intrigue, and many who have read it testify to its powerful emotional effect, but also to a beautiful portrayal of a harrowing saga of intense human drama.
This is a quick read that packs a very powerful punch, especially as it is based on a true story that rocked the Maltese nation in 2008. Obviously, I would not know what really happened and there may be some artistic licence in the book, but the whole read from start to finish is believable and very moving indeed with the author certainly seeming to have carried out a tremendous amount of research into the tragedy itself as well as the day to day life on a fishing vessel.
The events are told in the present tense, in a very matter of fact way with no unnecessary melodrama which, for the first part of the story really gives you a sense of normalcy although for the book as the whole certainly puts you right on the spot. At times it almost feels as if you are a fly on the wall especially with the attention to detail about both the family’s everyday lives and life on board the fishing vessel.
Tension is palpable when tragedy does strike and we follow the tragic events that unfold in such a way that you want to race to the end of the book but on the other hand you don’t really want to know the fate of the fishermen. The author really brings out the range of emotions that must have gone through these poor men’s minds = the hope and the fear and their final resignation to their fates, yet all the time still clinging to their faith in God.
In addition, we follow what happens at home when Gabriella, wife of Skipper Paul, realises that something is wrong and that her husband, father in law and 11 year old son should have arrived home and the subsequent rescue missions to try and find them and the author really portrays the emotions that are experienced during the rescue mission.
A very good read, one that is different and that will stay in your mind for a long while after.
Is a very sad but a very well written book
A MEMOIR. A JOURNEY. A LIFE.
A SCHOOL-LEAVER AT AGE THIRTEEN
A SHOWBAND LEADER IN THE SWINGING SIXTIES
A POLITICAL ACTIVIST WHO SERVED FOUR PRIME MINISTERS
A DISTINGUISHED CAREER IN BUSINESS AND FINANCE
A NUMBER ONE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF TEN BOOKS
A LIFE’S JOURNEY TO FASCINATE AND CAPTIVATE
Thank you, Paddy, for a great read!
Very well written with an imaginative use of words.
I consider it a real privilege to be included in surveying his personal path through life,his trials & tribulations, & all expressed with clever wit & Irish blarney
The heart and soul of Malta.
Of all the guide books on Malta, this one captures the real heart and soul, the culture, history and people of the islands. I have been to Malta for one short visit and enjoyed every minute of it. But I only saw the well known highlights and felt I didn’t discover the real character and charm of the Maltese Islands. Now, armed with this ‘Bible’ of the lesser known treasures of these idyllic little islands, I can’t wait to return and savour the enchanting atmosphere of all the hidden gems that this book unveils. I feel that this long awaited guide to the real Malta will be an essential item for all tourists visiting the islands in future. An emphatic five stars from me.
Stories Rich and Real
Poems Sweet and Tender
From Life’s Ingredients.
In compiling and publishing this little anthology, I had two objectives. To bring together some short stories and poems from previous collections that were frequently requested, but were now out of print, and to unveil some of my new unpublished writings.
I would like to express my thanks to all the loyal readers who have supported me over the years, giving me encouragement and inspiration, for which I am sincerely grateful.
I hope the reading of this little book will give you as much pleasure as the writing of it gave me.
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His mixture of stories and poems/verse just add to the enjoyment of reading this book. All is easy to read and the poetry is very inspiring.
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