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martes, 23 de abril de 2024

The quiet power of love

Hi, book buddies :-) This novel is one of those that grabs you with a few lines from the synopsis. It's powerfully emotional. And original.

Releasing April 23, 2024

Standalone contemporary romance and

book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Quiet Love Series.

Maggie Lydon rides the bus to her cleaning job every day. It’s an ordinary existence until she notices him sitting just two rows behind her. She doesn’t know his name, nor anything about him. All she knows is that he watches her and it’s the most exciting part of her week.

Shay Riordan notices her the very first time he takes the bus. She’s captivating, a beauty who moves through the world like no one else can see her, but she’s far from invisible to him. He wants to sit next to her, introduce himself, but it’s hard to do when you can’t speak.

Then, late one Friday evening they both board the bus, and an unexpected occurrence plunges Maggie into Shay’s world, and Shay into Maggie’s.


Amazon: https://amzn.to/43tNHkP 

Goodreads: https://geni.us/eYe27bU


I haven't been so excited about the premise of a book for a long time. A man besotted with a woman he only sees in the morning bus ride, but he's mute and doesn't dare approach her. Until one day changes everything. The drama!

I couldn't wait to see what would unfold between Maggie and Shay.

Now that I've sated the need, I can tell you this: it's a really romantic story. Pure romance.

It's a slow-burn, romantic, sensitive and sweet story between two damaged people who still make the best of their circumstances and yearn for love. 

It is set in Dublin, so I enjoyed myself even more with the touches of life there, the comforting everyday tea and even the mention of digestive biscuits! Lovely :-)

Maggie is that kind of woman who has endured untold injustices but perseveres with inner strength and goodness. I think I liked everything about her. Even her self-doubt and apparent meekness are rooted in endearing reasons to love her. She grows so much throughout the book and opens up like a flower. And the sun that helps with that beautiful arc is Shay. Oh, a man with no words and deep, strong, protective feelings. He is the perfect real man because he's got a pain of his own, he's not a saint, yet he is tender, thoughtful, handsome and a gentleman when it comes to his Maggie, the woman who has caught his heart on the bus every morning.

I think the way this couple's relationship evolves is adorably sweet and simmering. They really get to know each other in small, tentative steps that allow their feelings to grow and settle into something real and durable. That doesn't mean there's no room for passion and ecstasy. There is! 

I loved the tenderness of their conversations, how they coped with the difficulties in communication, how they adapted to each other's needs out of understanding and love. It's very pretty and heart-warming. Their story is also about family and friendship, trust and loyalty, reconciling with the past and allowing hope and new chances to fly their way back into one's life, even toxic bonds and how they affect one's self-worth. I enjoyed the scenes and the important impact of other characters like friends and family and neighbours.

It is a long story with a cosy narrative style that feels like living a life alongside the characters. Very satisfying.


L.H. Cosway lives in Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, food, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. 


Keep calm and read on.

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