- Tapa blanda: 320 páginas
- Editor: Hachette Books Ireland; Edición: UK ed. (1 de enero de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0340932864
- ISBN-13: 978-0340932865
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The Last Week of May: The Number One Bestseller (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ene 2007
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'The Last Week of May is a highly engaging and heartwarming tale populated with warm and loveable characters. Roisin Meaney's gentle storytelling is reminiscent of that of Maeve Binchy. I truly adored the book and devoured it within a few short hours.' * Melissa Hill *
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THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER -- a warm engrossing tale of friendship and new beginnings ... 'Like chatting with a good friend over a cup of tea' Irish Mail on Sunday May O'Callaghan has decided that life's too short and she's decided to throw in the towel in her predictable nine-to-five job. Now what? As May fits into her new life we meet her friend Pam and her husband Jack - but why is Pam terrified to tell Jack that she's pregnant? And then there's Denis and Bernard, May's next-door neighbours, going about their business oblivious to the deadly threat that lurks close by. There's Paddy, who lives on his own yet never seems to be at home. And Paul, three doors up, willing to risk everything for an affair with Carmel, the young teacher who has yet to learn that there's a price to pay for having something that shouldn't be yours. But what May can't figure out is who gave her the beautiful shell necklace and was it really meant for her? On this one particular week, all is about to change for the inhabitants of Kilpatrick and May discovers that while only love can break your heart, only love can put it back together.Ver Descripción del producto
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I stumbled across Roisin Meaney's first novel published in the United States a few months back and LOVED it! I liked it so much I went in search of her other books only to find out they are not currently available in the US. I promptly ordered two from booksellers in England of which this is one. I also found out that her latest release in Ireland will eventually be published here and will be snatching that one up as well. While "Semi-sweet" knocked my socks off, this one wasn't quite as good but it was still very, very good. Like Maeve Binchy, the cover would indicate all stories are sweetness and light but that is not the case. These are real people with real problems and some stories are uplifting and light while other ones are definitely on the darker side. To be candid, I think the reason I didn't enjoy this one as much as "Semi-sweet" is that one of the story lines that was very prominent in the last half of the book dealt with a topic that I find very upsetting to read about. Obviously well-written, since I found myself anxious and uncomfortable at times. The other thing is that the characters sometimes get very short snippets written about them before the next character is front and center. It moved back and forth more quickly than I would have liked. Even with these (minor) quibbles, it still is a very good book by a very talented author.
I am waiting for folks here to discover Roisin Meaney. She definitely deserves a wider audience in this country and I think you will be pleased if you give her writing a chance. On to the next one !
about such major changes in each others' lives, but that is what you expect
in the sub-genre of women's relationships writers when the setting is Ireland.
In the very best of these books, you get to 'move in' with people who seem
more real than those in your own everyday life and be that fly on the wall as
events unfold. Of course, some lives improve, others seem headed in other
directions. Love is found and, sometimes, lost. Hope is restored.
You could say these are fantasies, but they are uplifting fantasies that
do cover 'real world' challenges - losing jobs, for example.
If you already know Roison Meaney's books, this one is another satisfying read.
If you don't, but you are missing Maeve Binchey, or adore Cathy Kelly, you'll
like this book and everyting Roison has written.
Her writing style is beautifully simple and straightforward, just like a friend telling you an entertaining story. It is often easy to predict what is going to happen but that doesn't matter, you are still compelled to keep reading and when you get there, it doesn't disappoint. I've learnt that once I start one of her books, I will be "head in the book" until it is finished.
[Note: I have to object to other people comparing this author to Maeve Binchy. Being a good author and being Irish, does not make you another Maeve. Maeve stands in a category of her own, and I doubt there will ever be anyone to match up to her]