Written by Emer Lysaght & Sarah Breen
Twenty-something Aisling – that’s pronounced Ashling – is the sensible sort.
She wears kitten heels for the sake of her arches.
And a great night out is knowing the immersion heater at home is securely switched off.
In other words, country girl Aisling likes to play it safe in the big city.
But that hasn’t helped get her man John to hurry up and pop the question.
Throwing caution to the wind an impatient Aisling tries to encourage him, only for her whole life to come crashing down.
Now no umbrella, electric blanket, nor sensibly sized heel can save her.
What’s a complete Aisling to do?
A Sparkling, Cracking Read!
I’ve always had a soft spot for Irish authors who write the type of books which are funny and sad at the same time. I swear I read them in an Irish accent in my head as they’re not nearly as good in my native Scots!
Aisling (which, thanks to a long ago read Maeve Binchy novel I actually know how to pronounce) is a gas, a scream, a hoot and fiercely funny – to everyone else. Desperate for her boyfriend of seven years to propose, she finds herself in the unfortunate position of being in a toilet cubicle at yet another friend’s wedding listening to two of the guests from her table chatting about her little idiosyncrasies. From that conversation we learn an awful lot about the type of woman Aisling is, and as we get in further it’s revealed that she is also a good daughter to her parents, travelling up and down to her job in Dublin since her father was ill, although he’s recovered now. She works hard and plays hard and thinks her future is settled with boyfriend John .. only, somehow, the magic proposal just hasn’t materialised.
This is such a great read. With plenty going on both in Dublin and at home in the country, there isn’t a single moment of boredom. It’s action packed all the way. and the hangovers are epic. I’ve smiled and giggled my way through, empathised with Aisling so many times and yes, shed a tear or two with her as well. Never having come across the name Sadhbh before, I did have to resort to googling it – I can’t bear to think I’m getting it wrong. There is a good mix of the old ways of Ireland and the new wave of change, and it all adds up to a sparkling read.
More than anything, this stands out as being the kind of story which is entirely believable. The characters are appealing and so entertaining, but the star of the show is, without a doubt, Aisling. If you have read any of the Irish writers who consistently pack the bestseller lists, then you will enjoy this one because that’s exactly where it belongs. The authors have done a great job of creating a cracking novel and I hope they write more together, as I absolutely loved this one and fully recommend it.
My thanks to publishers Penguin UK – Michael Joseph, for pre-approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: humour, women’s fiction
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1401 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin
- Publication Date: 3 May 2018
- Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/dAa0ge3
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