The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri

This is one of those books you want to curl up with, not moving until the last page is turned.

Kate Robinson is a heartbroken 26-year old fashion designer who is running away from a broken engagement to Ireland, traveling hither and yon, until she unexpectedly arrives in Glenmara, a tiny village on the coast. There, she is taken in by Bernie, one of the "lace makers" of the village.

What follows is a charming story of Kate's rebirth into her own skin, as well as vignettes into the lives of the other "lace makers", who come under fire when they start combining their traditional lace with, well, ladies underthings. ;-)

Barbieri perfectly evokes the spirit of a small village - I could see the green fields, hear the waves, and perfectly picture the homes, the cups of tea, and the clacking of needles as lace is created by these talented women. What a great setting!

Of course, there is a touch (or two) of romance, a bit of scandal, and ultimately a happy ending, but the journey there is a lovely one.

Highly recommended!