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The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

The Way We Were

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A gorgeous loveable book, to make you cry, smile and even, with perfect timing, roar with laughter. Alice, Dan, and their two daughters are a practically perfect family, when the unthinkable happens, their world is thrown into chaos. Each chapter is written from the perspective of three of the family members, allowing you direct access to different thoughts and feelings. Each tale is so distinctive, grounding you so precisely in that particular moment in time, that it’s almost a shock when you move on. Sinead Moriarty delivers humour in darkness, creating necessary and quite beautiful balance. This tale just gallops along, it is so readable, yet astutely clever, emotional and heartfelt. This is the first book I’ve read by Sinead Moriarty, it most certainly won’t be my last! ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Sinead Moriarty you might also like to read books by Patricia Scanlan, Dorothy Koomson and Tess Stimson.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Melanie Kane - 'I was hooked right from the outset...Highly recommend this novel and look forward to reading more titles by this author.'
  • Doreen McKeown - 'I became really engrossed in this book - the writing style was pleasing and the short chapters invited you to read 'just one more' all the way through.'
  • Sharon Lowe - 'Heartwarming, funny, sad, and true to life. A modern writer capturing what is happening now in the modern world.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'This is an absorbing, well written book. I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened. Highly recommended.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'an easy read, but one that is difficult to put down and you will be thinking about it after you finish it.'
  • Rachel Corlett - 'Emotional capturing of a magical love story...‘The Way We Were’ is an easy read which is truly enjoyable.'
  • Candy Hart - 'This really is an unputdownable book about when the worst happens, or when you think it has, how you can cope and move on with a little help from your family and friends.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story took me on a roller coaster of emotions, dread, fear and hope were just some of the feelings you get reading this...great twists and characters you will love.'
  • Carrie Johnson - 'The characters are well drawn & give a wonderfully varied perspective, with an intriguing plot which kept me reading until the small hours, changing my mind constantly as to how it would end.'
  • Zara Kazi - 'What a brilliant book! ‘The way we were’ has been an enjoyable book to read and has been a major page turner. The different perspectives used in the book added a nice touch to the storyline.'
  • Nicola Edwards - 'An amazing page-turner of book; plenty of drama, heartbreak and fantastic characters – I loved it!'
  • Nickey Hawryszczuk - 'A truly moving book and totally believable. A woman who has to deal with her Husband dying, dealing with family life, and just as she begins to settle and move on, her husband turning up alive!'
  • Julie Bertschin - 'A touching family saga, Ben, Alice and their two daughters are a normal family whose lives are turned upside down. A beautifully written story, both tender and funny.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'This new novel is a page turner with a family that has everything and makes you wonder what can possibly happen.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is one of those books that will have you asking yourself the question, “How would I cope?"'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'An easy read and holds your attention but felt something was missing to make this a highly recommended story.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'The story line in this book was very strong and I liked that part of the book.'


The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

This title Winner the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction 2015. Heartfelt and deeply moving...I couldn't put it down. (Susan Lewis). Intriguing and thought provoking...a great read. (Katie Fforde). When Alice's husband Ben dies suddenly, her world falls apart. They shared twenty years and two daughters and life without him is unimaginable. Having lost her parents while young, Alice understands her girls' pain. At fifteen, Jools is at that awkward age and only Ben could get through to her. And eleven-year-old Holly looks for the answer to everything in books but this time she's drawing a blank. Alice realizes that for their sakes she must summon up superhuman reserves of strength. Somehow all three of them come through the dark days. In time, it's even possible for Alice to consider marrying again, with the girls' blessing. So when Ben turns up after three years, her world is again turned upside-down. The girls assume that their family can go back to the way they were. Alice is not so sure. Once more Alice has to find the strength to be the mother her daughters need her to be. But this time what that means is far from clear... Smart family drama that packs a punch. (Heat on The Secrets Sisters Keep). Fans of Sinead know they can expect honesty, humour and great story-telling. (Hello).

About the Author

Sinead Moriarty

Growing up, Sinead Moriarty was inspired by watching her mother, an author of children's books, writing at the kitchen table. Her childhood dream was to write a novel. It was at the age of thirty, while working as a journalist in London, that she began to write creatively in her spare time - after work, at lunch times ... and, truth be told, during work hours. Her first novel, The Baby Trail, a bitter-sweet story of a couple struggling to have a baby (inspired by her own early difficulties conceiving) was published in 2004 and has been translated into twenty languages. Sinéad Moriarty's novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. She lives in her native Dublin with her husband and their three children.

Author photo © Brian Farrell

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Publication date

24th March 2016


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Penguin Books Ltd


448 pages


Family Drama
Relationship Stories
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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