Kate Kerrigan wins Historical Romance Novel of the Year

  

Kate Kerrigan wins Historical Romance Novel of the Year

Kate Kerrigan, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Dress, has won Historical Novel of the Year at the Romantic Novelists' Association Awards for her latest novel, It Was Only Ever You. 

It Was Only Ever You is set, like Maeve Binchy's early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York. It is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven. Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality. But in the end, Patrick Murphy's heart belongs to only one of them.

The judges praised It Was Only Ever You, saying it was “an extremely well-written romance, in which all the threads of the story come together well, with great characters, particularly strong women and a lovely setting, reflecting the contrasting strands of society. The author has really done her research to bring an interesting period of history to life against the backdrops of Ireland and New York.”

The paperback edition of It Was Only Ever You will be published in July 2017. The hardback is available now