It Only Takes Once


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A charming Irish love story–Twenty-six-year-old Aislin, a Dublin single mum, is at a crossroads: while a lot of her life needs improvement, what she really needs is a father…but not for herself…

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In this breezy Irish novel, twenty-something Aislin, a Dublin single mammy, has an epiphany: while a lot of her life needs improvement, what she really needs is a father. Not for herself, mind, but for her young son, daddy-hungry Kevin–and she’s determined to succeed at motherhood, if nothing else. So Aislin follows the mad impulse to track down the perfect father-figure for her little boy. Who else but Ben Carpenter, her first love.

Ben is great father material–and is soon mad about Kevin. Still, commitment-shy Aislin is determined to keep things platonic, especially after her truly awful breakup with him seven years ago. But tucked away in Ben’s country manor house in County Galway, Kevin in tow, she finds herself falling for Ben, and wonders if she can risk her heart a second time.

Then a surprising gesture from her estranged father creates a seismic shift in her relationship with him, and Aislin embarks on a journey with unexpected consequences. In this heartfelt tale of second chances and forgiveness, will Aislin find her own fairy-tale ending?

The Village of Ballydara series includes Mother Love, The Hopeful Romantic, and The Galway Girls—and a new mini-series set at the Fairy Cottage of Ballydara!

“Browne has done wonderful work in capturing Ireland’s language, socioeconomic picture and current cultural milieu from pubs to puddings.”  —The Bellingham Herald

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