Released on 06 January 2006.

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Four Letters Of Love

3.82 based on 1477 ratings & 162 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

'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.

In the media

A delicate and graceful love story that is also an exaltation of love itself . . . a luminously written, magical work of fiction . . . Extraordinarily rooted in the Irish language and landscape . . . Yet in its serious fancifulness, its feverish intensities, Four Letters of Love also gives us Niall Williams's own Ireland, a place devoted to the belief in miracles and the obsessive power of love
New York Times
A lyrical and passionate novel shot through with the belief in divine order versus chaos; the belief in destiny and the demonic fight against it, and, in spite of all the evidence that life is cruel and arbitrary, the presence of the supernatural and the manifestation of miracles
Observer
This book can rightly claim its place among the classics of Irish literature. A wonderfully affecting love story
Belfast Telegraph