So technically it’s not the small town in Cara McKenna‘s Her Best Laid Plans that I love, but rather the tiny Crossroads Pub in the middle of nowhere in Ireland. It’s everything I want from a pub – complete with sexy bartender!
When American Jamie takes a plan, a bus, a taxi and a bicycle to stay in a friends house in the Irish countryside, outside of Cork, she’s expecting gruff farmers and grumpy locals nursing pints. Instead, she meets Connor and the two of them instantly hit it off.
From there their romance develops, but it’s the fact that she has to return home to Boston that really adds a bittersweet touch to the proceedings. Never fear, Jamie gets a well-deserved happy ever after (especially after the jerk who dumps her before the novel begins), and I’m always left craving rural Ireland!