Release date - 15th June 2017
Book length - 432 pages
Publisher - www.harpercollins.co.uk
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
Take the warmth and wit of Maeve Binchy and the secrets and twists of a Liane Moriarty and you get the utterly original and compelling voice of Carmel Harrington, a voice that has captured the hearts of readers around the world.
Set on a beautiful leafy street in Dublin, the novel explores the unlikely friendship between two neighbours. Beautiful, serene Stella, who appears to have it all, and gruff, bad-tempered Rea, who seems to have lost it all…including her marbles if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.
But appearances can be deceiving and both women discover that behind closed doors everyone has a secret they are desperate to keep…
Have you ever read a book that was so fiercely superb that you could not forget about it? A book that broke your heart but made you believe in hope and happiness at the same time? Well, THE WOMAN AT 72 DERRY LANE by Carmel Harrington did all of the above and more, and is such a stunning display of beautiful writing that I pity the next book I pick up for how will it possibly compare?
In Derry Lane, two women are living broken lives as they struggle with something so overwhelming that has destroyed their spirit and made them question life. Being side by side as neighbours, they bear it all in silence and solitude, but when an offer of friendship comes at a crucial moment, it could be the beginning of a new future for them both, if they can trust themselves to take that chance.
The characters in this story are everything you could wish for and as I slowly got to know them both, their strength and spirit engulfed me. Now Carmel is known for getting her stories at that perfect level where every reader ends up in tears - look up #UglyCry on Twitter and you will see what I mean! - and this novel is no different as I shed a bucketload of tears throughout. But I also smiled at many of those little moments of friendship that blossomed between Charlie, Rea, and Stella. THE WOMAN AT 72 DERRY LANE deals with many sensitive and tragic topics among its pages, but it is handled in such a delicate and thoughtful way by Carmel Harrington, which makes it even more emotional.
THE WOMAN AT 72 DERRY LANE by Carmel Harrington is such an important story of love, family, strength, and bravery, and I literally did not put this book down until I had it finished. I know I will find myself thinking about Stella and Rea and those they love, as Carmel has created characters that do not disappear from memory when you close the page, but rather they take up a place in your heart and mind where they will probably stay forever - and to me that is what a powerful novel is all about.
Irish Times Bestseller Carmel Harrington is from Co. Wexford, Ireland, where she lives with her husband Roger and two children, Amelia and Nate. Carmel writes with incredible compassion and warmth about characters so authentic, they could be sitting right beside you. Her page-turning family centric novels are translated into eight different languages, all regular chart toppers.
The Woman at 72 Derry Lane will be published 15th June 2017, followed by Cold Feet - The Lost Years, on 7th September 2017. This original novel is written in collaboration with Mike Bullen, the creator of the popular ITV show.
Carmel is a regular on Irish TV as a panelist on TV3’s Elaine Show. In addition she is Chair of Wexford Literary Festival, of which she co-founded.
Her other bestsellers include The Things I Should Have Told You, which was short listed for a BGE Irish Book Award in 2016, Every Time A Bell Rings, The Life You Left and Romantic eBook of Year 2013 & Kindle Book of the Year 2013 winner Beyond Grace’s Rainbow.
For more information:
Website - carmelharrington.com
Twitter - twitter.com/happymrsh
Facebook - www.facebook.com/happymrsh
*I want to thank Mary at Harper Collins Ireland and Carmel Harrington for the opportunity to review this compelling novel.
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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