Release date - 8th September 2016
Book Length - 405 pages
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
To the outside world, the Guinness family in Wexford appear to have it all - a happy marriage, two wonderful children, all under one roof with their beloved Pops. But looks can often be deceiving. Olly and Mae's marriage is starting to crumble around them. With little or no interaction, both of them struggle with where they fit in their family, and with the everyday frustrations of life testing them, they have moved away from each other. Their beautiful and clever, thirteen-year-old daughter, Evie, has almost killed herself by consuming a truckload of alcohol. As this is so out of character for their little girl, they know that she is hiding something from them - can they uncover the truth and help her find her happy self again? Jamie, their youngest, is their superhero, always making them smile and providing cuddles, but the tension at home is affecting him too. And then there is Pops, Olly's dad. The best dad anyone could wish for. And he is dying. And the Guinness family don't know how they will survive without him.
But Pops knows that something must change or Olly and Mae will lose the most important thing in the world - their family. Realising that his time on this earth is almost over, Pops arranges the trip of a lifetime for Olly and the kids, for them to undertake after he has gone. Armed with Nomad, a camper-van, Pops has organised a journey that will take them from Wexford to France, from Germany to Romania, with a special letter from him at each destination to help them along their way. Love, anger, guilt, and fears will tumble from the Guinness family, but if they follow Pops' instructions, they might just find their way back to each other again.
THE THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU by Carmel Harrington is such a special, powerful book. When I finished reading it in one sitting, having laughed and cried alongside the Guinness family, I knew that this book had that something extra that makes it superb. I love the layout of the book because seeing it through each character's eyes really allowed me to get to know all of the family - in this book I didn't feel there was a main character as each member was vital to the story. With stunning imagery, I was transported to destinations across Europe and I have definitely added some of these to my bucket list. With serious topics such as bullying and grief, THE THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU pulled at my heartstrings and had me in tears. But in true Carmel Harrington style, I was also crying tears of laughter at each stop along the way on their exciting road trip. Life is never easy but if you take each day as it comes and cherish what you have, you might realise the answers to your problems are right in front of you if you just open up and talk. THE THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU by Carmel Harrington needs to be read by everyone. It is a beautiful tale that will stay with me for a long time to come.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Author Bio:Carmel Harrington is from Co. Wexford and is published with Harper Collins. Her books are being translated into eight languages and are regular chart-toppers. Carmel is the Chairperson of Wexford Literary Festival, which she co-founded in 2014 and has curated ever since. She is also one of the panelists on TV3’s Midday show, a book reviewer for South East Radio and a regular contributor to The Irish Independent.
Carmel’s much anticipated fourth novel, The Things I Should Have Told You, will be published 8th September 2016, in Trade Paperback in Ireland & on Kindle worldwide. It will be published in audio format December 2016 and mass paperback in UK & Ireland January 2017.
Her third book Every Time A Bell Rings was inspired by the beloved movie It’s A Wonderful Life and has received critical acclaim. Actress Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in It’s A Wonderful Life has said that it ’embraces the spirit and the message of the movie…A must read.’ It was also described by best-selling novelist Claudia Carroll as ‘Beautiful and uplifting…Written with such heart it warms the soul.’
Carmel’s other bestsellers include The Life You Left and Kindle Book of The Year & Romantic eBook of the Year, Beyond Grace’s Rainbow. She has been interviewed on TV in Ireland and USA and is a popular keynote speaker, in USA, UK and of course all over Ireland. Here are some of Carmel’s favourite pictures of writerly events!
Carmel has written a number of plays, A Dunganstown Romance, was performed by the New Line Theatre, in the Wexford Art’s Centre. Carmel is represented by Tracy Brennan of Trace Literary Agency.
Living in Co. Wexford with her husband Roger and two children Amelia (6) and Nate (4), she can often be seen walking on her beloved Curracloe Beach, talking to herself as she plots new stories! She’s also step-mother to Eva (13) and contrary to the folklore of fairytales, she’s not one bit evil. Anything else you need to know? Carmel has a borderline unhealthy obsession for The Walking Dead. And Tayto crisps. For more information:
Website - carmelharrington.com
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*Book received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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