The Parting Glass

Published by: Harlequin MIRA
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The Donaghue sisters have shared all the joys and struggles of a complicated past, and at the center of it has been the Whiskey Island Saloon, a historic Irish-American pub overlooking Lake Erie that has been in their family for five generations. Megan, who runs the saloon, is planning a wedding. Casey is busy settling into the life she shares with her new husband. And Peggy has put her medical degree on hold after discovering her young son is autistic.

When the sisters receive a letter from a relative in Ireland whom they have never met, their lives are changed forever. As an unforgettable tale of star-crossed lovers and murder unfolds, the sisters discover a hidden legacy that will lead them home at last to Ireland.




"Emilie Richards presents us with a powerfully told story that will linger in the heart long after the final page."
—Book Page

“Heartfelt paeans to love and loyalty.”
—Publishers Weekly

"THE PARTING GLASS is an absolutely first-rate read, one I couldn’t put down once I started. I can give no higher praise than to say I am going to now be reading all the Emilie Richards books I’ve missed.”
—The Best Reviews


There I was, sitting at the Irish Cultural Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, autographing copies of what was then my new book, Whiskey Island. “I could tell you stories about Whiskey Island,” one man said. “I wish you would,” I responded.

“Bootlegging,” he told me with a wink before he walked away.

“Did you know that during Prohibition there were tunnels connecting some of the bars in Cleveland with the lakefront on Whiskey Island?” another man informed me. “How do you think they got liquor into the speakeasies without being caught?”

“No, I’m not planning a sequel,” I told a number of disappointed readers who loved the idea of another go-round with the Donaghue sisters of the Whiskey Island Saloon. They still had questions that needed to be answered. Did Megan marry Nick? Did Peggy have her baby? Did Casey finally realize Jon was more than a best friend? And most of all, was Rooney okay?

But even as I was saying “no,” my mind was spinning.

Several years later I autographed the sequel, The Parting Glass, at the Irish Cultural Festival in Cleveland. It only seemed fitting since the book was conceived there. The Donaghue sisters, who have each reached a turning point in her life, find more mystery in their past as they struggle to find happiness in their present.

The Parting Glass took me back to Cleveland, then to Ireland twice for research. I hope it transports you, as well.