Release date - 28th June 2018
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - Hachette Books Ireland
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Elaine from Hachette Books Ireland for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
By the end of the weekend, everything will have changed. But for better or for worse?
After twenty-six years of marriage Lily and Charlie separate. Lily moving on with her new fiancé Joe, and Charlie, with his new, younger, girlfriend Chloe. Even Lily and Charlie's grown-up children Polly and Thomas have come to terms with their parent's new lives.
But when Lily's mother dies, Lily and Charlie decide to get the family together for one last weekend in the old family summer home - a weekend that just happens to be their thirtieth wedding anniversary.
As the whole family gathers with their respective partners, home truths come out and secrets are divulged. By the end of the weekend, everything will have changed -- but for better or for worse?
THE ANNIVERSARY by Roisin Meaney is an addictive read with engaging, flawed characters and a unique writing flair that pulls you into the plot from the very beginning and keeps you entranced to the very end.
As Lily drives up to Land's End for what could very well be the final time, she cannot help but ponder on the way her life has drastically changed. No longer married to Charlie, whom she had spent over twenty years with and had two children with, engaged to kind and reliable Joe, and the absence of her beloved mother, combine to make this an emotional weekend. Lily worries about her daughter Poll who cannot seem to commit herself to any relationship she enters and her quiet, unfocused son Thomas who keeps so much to himself, but she hopes that Land End's, the home she grew up in, will work some of its magic on them all and prepare them for a new future. But Lily has no idea just how much this weekend will change their lives as secrets are revealed, insecurities and the reasons behind them are realised, and the beauty of the sea and Land's End opens their eyes to the truth.
THE ANNIVERSARY by Roisin Meaney is a story to be savoured and I really enjoyed it thoroughly from beginning to end. While I liked Lily and tolerated Charlie, it was the characters of Poll and Thomas who I connected the most with. I cared about them and wanted them to find their path to happiness. Chloe is a complicated character, not innately likeable, obnoxious at times, but a part of me felt sorry for her at times too, and sad for what she feels she must do.
As always Roisin Meaney's writing is topical, dealing with abortion, divorce, cheating, bullying, crime, and self-belief throughout, adding a depth to this story which makes it so much more than just another good book.
THE ANNIVERSARY by Roisin Meaney is a captivating read with drama, love, loss, and hope, and I could not put it down. So take my advice and buy it as soon as possible!
A published author of fourteen books for adults and two for children, Roisin has also written numerous articles for journals and newspapers. She worked as an advertising copywriter for a number of years, and brings a vast amount of experience to the editing team. Her first novel, The Daisy Picker, won a Write a Bestseller competition. Her third novel, The Last Week of May reached number one on the Irish bestseller list and her fourth, The People Next Door reached number two. Her books have been translated into several languages, and two, Semi-Sweet and Life Drawing for Beginners, have been published in the US. She is currently working on her next book, which is destined for publication in early summer 2018. She is also plotting another children's book - shhhhh.
For more information:
Website - roisinmeaney.com
Twitter - twitter.com/roisinmeaney
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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