After his appalling “good riddance” statement to Aili Dady, The Sweet Fragrance of New Mown Hay, book 4 of the Eva and the Irishman series, is Robert O’Neill’s story of a heart-rending, two-year journey to manhood. Upon his departure for NYC just after high school graduation in 1925, he’s convinced himself that he’s made a mess of things with Aili, and that it’s too late for any kind of relationship with her. So after a week at the New York City Police Academy, he unceremoniously dives into a sizzling, sex-filled affair with a beautiful, older, and high profile married woman. It’s Roaring Twenties New York where, in spite of Prohibition, the liquor flows, where both high-class and working-class women and men let hedonism reign.
In Greenwich Village, Robert rooms with cousin, Nuala Flanagan, a close replica of his mother, and Nuala’s daughter, Maureen, a sheltered disabled young woman, whom Robert ends up mentoring. He develops an unbreakable bond with both, especially with Maureen, forming the kind of familial affinity that endures.
Although young, he excels as a detective and sharpens his deduction skills in a world of burgeoning organized crime and notorious gangsters. And not hearing anything in letters about Aili for many months, we learn just how circuitous and bewildering the road was for Robert to make his way back to Montana and to his true soul mate.
And with a pledge of marriage to Aili, five years have passed. With unforeseen obstacles still being thrown at them, will their relationship endure?
The Sweet Fragrance of New Mown Hay is filled with dramatic tension, humor, crime solving, and unrestrained sex. There’s plenty of story to fall in love with Robert O’Neill as he makes his way through life to become the noble, hot, sexy lawman and husband he is.