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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.
The Cassidys’ marriage is under pressure. Shauna wants another baby. Greg doesn’t. She also has to endure her obnoxious in-laws who arrive at the drop of a hat and stay as long as they like. Shauna’s glad to be moving abroad. She’ll be free of them at last. Or will she?
Carrie, Shauna’s sister, feels put upon. The burden of looking after their elderly father rests on her and she’s fed up. Even though she loves her siblings, resentment builds. Can Carrie finally stand up for herself?
Shauna and Carrie’s brother, Bobby, has a poisoned relationship with his father, who blames him for the death of his wife. Can they settle their differences? Or are some rifts just too painful to resolve?
The last Christmas the family got together was a disaster. Can they finally put the past behind them as they prepare for another family gathering?
'A punchy read, some of it in an exotic setting, with strong dialogue and some likeable characters - even the villains' IRISH INDEPENDENT
Publication date: 02/04/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd April 2007|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
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.More About Patricia Scanlan