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Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Some of her bestsellers include Apartment 3B; Finishing Touches; Foreign Affairs; Promises, Promises; Mirror, Mirror; City Girl; City Woman; City Lives; Francesca's Party; Two for Joy; Double Wedding; Divided Loyalties; Forgive and Forget; and Winter Blessings, a collection of quotes, blessings, poems, and reminiscences. Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the Open Door series. She also teaches creative writing to second-level students and is involved in adult literacy.
A large collection of multi-national, mostly retired couples, invest in a new development of luxury apartments, La Joya, in Andalucia on the Costa del Sol in Spain. We follow a securely married Irish couple with a demanding family, an American mother of twin girls with a serial-womanising husband and a Spanish control freak with a wife who is attempting to find inner peace. Frequently visiting the complex is a German interior designer and letting agent married to a Spanish property developer and a highly efficient female Spanish community manager who looks after the place. In clean strokes the author paints their portraits in swift, interlocking sections, you get to know them all very quickly. All appears blissful until the Spanish economy plummets and the Irish euro hits rock bottom. Problems ensue both financially and emotionally with many a twist and surprise thrown at you. This is lively, sensitive and insightful, a big novel with plenty to get your teeth into. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
When are the boundaries of friendship pushed too far, and when is it time to stop flying over oceans for someone who wouldn't jump over a puddle for you? There comes a time when Hilary Hammond has to make that call. Hilary and Colette O'Mahony have been friends since childhood, but when irrepressible Jonathan Harpur breezes into Hilary's life and goes into business with her, Colette is not best pleased. After their first encounter Colette thinks he's a 'pushy upstart' while he thinks she's 'a snobby little diva'. And so the battle lines are drawn and Hilary is bang in the middle. But as the years roll by and each of them is faced with difficult times and tough decisions, one thing is clear ...to have a friend you must be a friend. And that's when Hilary discovers that sometimes your best friend can be your greatest enemy ...
This sensitively portrays the rift between two families and how a vicious act can open up past hurts. The book follows three generations as they begin to repair their relationships after a tragic loss. Patricia Scanlan is particularly good at family disputes and slow healing and this is a fine example of her talent.
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013. Patricia Scanlan is the queen of contemporary Irish fiction with her keenly observed family dramas and her latest, With All My Love, is right on the money. Secrets, lies, betrayals and sacrifices - the complex bonds between mothers, daughters and granddaughters are intricately explored as Patricia Scanlan takes us into the hearts and homes of a family at war.
Families in crisis, passion, tragedy, and the healing powers of love this is the brilliant combination of Patricia Scanlan’s heartwarming new novel which re-introduces us to the characters in Forgive and Forget and Happy Ever After, and brings their story to a triumphant conclusion. A brilliant trilogy and a perfect gift to the mother you love.
November 2010 Book of the Month. A heart-warming story about a family at Christmas by the Irish No.1 bestselling author. Warm and ultimately uplifting it shows how the power of forgiveness can bring together a family when it’s needed most.
This is all about family loyalties, resentment, acceptance, intolerance, jealousy, pain and longing. It’s a warm, full-blooded read with some great character studies and familiar situations astutely portrayed, in other words it’s a lovely, lovely book.Similar this month: Melissa Hill.Comparison: Maeve Binchy, Danielle Steel, Robyn Sisman.
I can never understand how anyone could possibly wish to share such a special day as a wedding, even with your supposedly best friend. Patricia Scanlon seems to feel the same for anything that can go wrong in the scenario in this bittersweet book, does, some of it very unexpected, making this warm, eventful read a little bit different. She has that magic Irish charm, well worth trying.Comparisons: Maeve Binchy, Danielle Steel, Cathy Kelly.Similar this month: Jessica Adams, Tina Reilly.