Four Letters of Love

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Picador, 1998 - Ireland - 342 pages
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"'When I was twelve years old God spoke to my father for the first time. God didn't say much. He told my father to be a painter and left it at that . . . '" So begins Niall Williams' magical tale about love and destiny.

Nicholas Coughlan and Isabel Gore were made for each other -- but fate doesn't always take the easiest or the most obvious route to true love. For a start, Nicholas and Isabel have never met and nor are they likely to, without some kind of divine intervention. But as God, ghosts, a series of coincidences and seemingly chance events and encounters conspire to bring the couple together, other -- often more human -- forces attempt to keep them apart. 'What will be, will be, ' of course, but that doesn't guarantee a happy-ever-after ending, nor answer the question 'Will they, won't they?'

Written in a lyrical, lilting tone, "Four Letters of Love" is a glorious, uplifting story about faith, about seizing the moment, believing in your instincts and acting on impulse -- and about following your heart, no matter where it may lead.

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An unusual love story... - Goodreads
a good twisting yarn odd ending - Goodreads
beautiful portrayal and depictions of true love! - Goodreads
A beautiful love story which takes place in Ireland. - Goodreads
The plot is excellent and the writng poetic. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

After having fallen in love with Niall Williams' "The History of Rain," I decided to try one of his earlier books that had received much praise. I was quite disappointed. The beautiful, poetic writing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heather Wilson - Goodreads

I have such mixed feelings about this book. The writing is absolutely gorgeous, and there are moments of real, true beauty in it. But... I feel like the story suffered in order to support the writing ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Niall Williams was born in 1958 and lives in Kiltumper, Ireland, with his wife Christine and their two children. He is the author of three other novels, including, most recently, Only Say the Word.

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