This was my first Sheila O'Flanagan and I thought the synopsis sounded very good. The front cover is very pretty and attracted me to the book.
It was a real struggle to get into - I just don't care about weather that much! I also thought all the men who were supposed to be irresistable, had bad names (Ken, Ron, Dennis?) I very nearly gave up as in the first 50 pages nothing happens. I decided to keep going and see if it got better.
It does. I found myself getting more into it and really liking the main character, Lainey. It was nice how the book went from the present day and to the past. I was very interested to find out about Lainey's dad and all the mystery surrounding him (I didn't guess what it might be).
The issues I had with the book were that I couldn't stand Deanna. She was just a pain and incredibly selfish. I didn't have any problem with her feminist attitude but I don't think it came over very well - it just seemed to be her forcing it onto the other characters and the reader. At times I wasn't sure where we were or what time it was. This gave the book a somewhat disorientated feel. Also, there were a few mistakes in the book - at one point she tells Shay she isn't working the next day but then phones Ken the next day, on her break from work?! Things like that really annoy me.
I read the book quite quickly and I quite liked the ending. I think O'Flanagan wanted to show us that Lainey had come a long way and she didn't need to tie it all up for the reader.
An ok read but nothing fantastic. I've heard this isn't her best work so I will try another of her novels just to see.