#BookReview: The Book Club by Roisin Meaney @roisinmeaney @HachetteIre @PRPlunkett #TheBookClub #IrishFiction #IrishAuthor #SummerRead
Release date - 10th June 2021
Book length - 300 pages
Publisher - Hachette Ireland
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I want to thank Mark from www.plunkettpr.com for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
A tragic accident leaves the tight-knit book club in the small seaside town of Fairweather reeling. Then stranger Tom McLysaght arrives in the community, and the members of the club find their lives changing in ways they never could have imagined.
None of them realise that Tom is hiding a secret. On the surface, his move to Fairweather was to escape his highflying life in London and to put some much-needed distance between him and his ex-fiancée - but deep down Tom knows that there are some things he cannot run from.
As the months pass with book club gatherings, secrets are shared and hurts begin to heal. New friendships might be the last thing on their minds but the members of the book club are about to discover that opening themselves up to other people might be the only thing that will help them all to live, and to love, again.
An emotional and heartwarming story about community spirit, grief, and hope, THE BOOK CLUB by Roisin Meaney is everything you could wish for in a novel and then some.
It's been two years since a tragic accident left the small community of Fairweather heartbroken and in shock. But when Beth Sullivan decides that it is time to rent out the house next door, it brings Tom McLysaght into their lives and slowly things start to change for everyone. Tom is trying to escape the demons from his past, and this quiet village seems the perfect place to do that. But this community has a way of pulling you in and he cannot help but feel connected to these people. There's Lil, Beth's granddaughter, who hasn't spoken since the accident and has dedicated her life to the community library that sits at the bottom of her grandmother's garden. There's Olive and her husband Fred, who run the gift shop and the local pub, who have their hands full with their adopted almost-teenage daughter when an unexpected surprise lands their way. There's Mark, Fred's father, who will do anything for those he loves and has some secrets of his own. And finally, there's Beth, Tom's landlady, whose bark is definitely worse than her bite once you get to know her. Tom wanted solitude but instead, through the book club and small library looking over the cliffs, he finds so much more. And when you read this book, you will too.
I've recently lost someone very close to me and I wasn't sure how reading a book that has grief as one of its elements would affect me but I have to say it gave me a little bit of calm in my sadness and for that, I will be forever thankful. Now don't get me wrong, this book is not doom and gloom but rather a beautifully realistic take on life and learning to live again. I adored all of the characters in the compelling community of Fairweather and could picture each one and each place as I turned the page. Olive was one of my favourites and there is a ring of truth in every one of the characters in this story and I've no doubt you'll find yourself saying 'sure, we all know a Beth or an Olive'.
It is a story about love and friendship, about being there for each other even when that is uncomfortable or unwanted at times, about kindness and community, and finally about finding the good things in life when everything seems grey.
THE BOOK CLUB by Roisin Meaney is exquisite in every possible way and will hold a special place on my bookshelf and in my heart for when I need to visit Fairweather again.
Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co Kerry, She has lived in the US, Canada, Africa and Europe but is now based in Limerick, Ireland. This Number One bestselling author is a consistent presence on the Irish bestseller list and she is the author of fifteen novels including three stand alone novels set in the fictional island off the west coast of Ireland: One Summer, After the Wedding and I'll Be Home for Christmas. Her other bestsellers include: The Last Week of May, The People Next Door, Half Seven on a Thursday, Love in the Making, The Things We Do For Love, Something in Common, Two Fridays in April, The Reunion, The Anniversary, The Restaurant and It's that Time of Year.
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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