The Lace Makers of Glenmara
by Heather Barbieri
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"You can always start again," Kate Robinson's mother once told her, "all it takes is a new thread." Overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, the struggling twenty-six-year-old fashion designer follows her mother's advice and flees to Ireland, hoping to break free of old patterns and reinvent herself.
In the village of Glenmara, she finds the inspiration that has eluded her, and she and a group of the lace makers create a line of exquisite lingerie—and gain the strength to face long-denied desires and fears. But not everyone welcomes Kate, and a series of unexpected events threatens to unravel everything the women have worked so hard for....
"Devastating loss gives way to new life in Heather Barbieri's charming novel The Lace Makers of Glenmara, about a heartbroken American designer who discovers inspiration, comfort, and friendship in an intimate circle of lace makers from a quaint Irish village." — Parade Magazine
"The novel is steeped in folklore and tradition, and Barbieri writes with a sweet, lilting tone that serves the subject matter well. . . . This hopeful, comforting novel is a testament to the power of taking changes and starting fresh and a reminder that life can bring joy after sorrow." — The Miami Herald
"Barbieri weaves together stories on life, love, friendship and family to create a multifaceted novel, where personal histories define her characters and influence their decisions. In her affinity for literary patchwork, [she] has created an entertaining novel by blending a thoughtful story with a light read, perfect for this summer’s vacation." — BookPage
"The author...paints a vivid picture of Ireland in her immensely readable novel...Heather is note-perfect in her depictions of Irish people and places in the book." — Irish News
About the Author
International prizewinner Heather Barbieri is the acclaimed author of Snow in July, The Lace Makers of Glenmara, and The Cottage at Glass Beach. Writing, Barbieri says, "has been and will be a life-long apprenticeship. No scrap of paper is safe—cocktail napkins, dry cleaning receipts, sports release forms (causing my daughter to wail, 'Mom, don't write dialogue on that; I need it for soccer!')" Barbieri says she writes "to connect with what makes us most human." She lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, WA. Learn more at http://www.heatherbarbieri.com
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