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Breakfast At Darcy's [Paperback]

Ali McNamara
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Book Description

24 Nov 2011

When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island! Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to Molly's will, Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit. It's a big shock. And she's even more shocked to hear that she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too.

Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies. Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub, Darcy meets confident, charming Conor and sensible, stubborn Dermot - but who will make her feel really at home?


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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (24 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751547409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751547405
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ali McNamara attributes her over active and very vivid imagination to one thing - being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left her head bursting with stories just waiting to be told.

When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating's website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that writing was not only something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too.

Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and two Labradors. When she isn't writing, she likes to travel, read, and people watch, more often than not accompanied by a good cup of coffee!
Her dogs and a love of exercise keep her sane!

To find out more about Ali visit her website: www.alimcnamara.co.uk
or follow her on Twitter: @AliMcNamara & Facebook.

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Review

A warm second novel (Daily Mirror, Book of the Week)

Perfect easy reading (Sun)

Charming story of adventure, discovery and affairs of the heart (Candis)

Fun and refreshing (Star magazine)

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Another fabulously fun rom com novel from the author of From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked 23 Nov 2011
By DizzyC
Format:Paperback
Darcy McCall is a city girl working for a fashion publication when she is given the challenge by way of her Aunt Molly's last will and testament. She is to live on a remote island off Ireland for a whole year to inherit her Aunt's estate. Not only that, she has to convince 14 other people to come and live there too.

This seems like a failure from the off, as Darcy is more used to busy city life, high heels, designer clothes, makeup and wine bars. How could she possibly survive on a remote, deserted island for a week let alone a year.

This is a very believable story and Ali McNamara has covered all the 'what ifs' that may come to mind about such a task.
I was hooked by the challenge Darcy faced right away. I wanted her to love the island as much as her Aunt Molly and see past the inheritance at the end of the task. I wanted to see how or if she would adapt to the sudden changes in her lifestyle.

The strong cast of characters, that joined Darcy on the island, were introduced into the story so that it was easy to get to know them. I would love to hear more about this community.

The island and it's history, myths and legends played a major part in shaping the future of the islanders and as a fan of historical fiction I was pleased to see the author go into this in detail.

With some surprises and a shocking twist, I needed the tissues by the end of the novel which was all too soon.

5 out of 5 for me!

Thank you Sphere for a review copy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was okay.. could've been so much better 29 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
Picked this up having great anticipation for the adventure on the island Tara that was mentioned in the blurb. However, the book wasn't written in enough detail of the beautiful landscape that would surround such an island and it just seemed a book that was more suited to teenagers in general because there wasn't enough depth. It was also rather predictable and the main character wasn't realistic or likeable enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! I was gripped right from the first page. I instantly bonded with Darcy and wanted the best for her. She seems lovely and turns out to be a loyal, strong, independent woman. She's someone you could rely on and have a laugh with and I imagine she'd give great advice, not to mention always have a chocolate stash.

I've never been anywhere like the island of Tara but I could picture it so clearly in my mind. It sounds like a little haven, somewhere so special and secret. There is magic happening all over the island, it's deep roots are a mystery to all, except for old Eamon. He knows exactly what is going on around him. The folklore and history all around Tara makes this whole story intriguing and a little mysterious. I really liked that aspect, it's different from most chick-lit. Ali does this very well!!

All of the characters bring something unique to Tara (and to the whole story) and I feel like I developed a bit of a relationship with them all. Breakfast at Darcy's has done something to me. It's made me feel like part of the community on the island. Not just like someone reading a book. I didn't want to read the last chapter because I wasn't ready to leave Tara yet. That's a strange feeling. Being so hooked, so involved in a book that I actually feel like I belonged inside it. I kind of like it!!

I'm at a bit of a loss now because I feel like any other book I read now will pale in comparison...

Hugely moving, captivating and emotional 5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mmm, passable reading. 22 Dec 2012
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Darcy inherits an island, when her Aunt Molly passes away. However it is not that simple and there are conditions to this bequest. Darcy must create a community on the island of Tara, off the coast of Ireland and live there for a year.

Darcy is a city girl, so life on an island is going to be a huge cultural shock. Leaving everything she knows and everyone she knows behind. Although her even more citified friend Roxi joins her, everyone else does not know each other. They all now have to get on and relationships and friendships are formed, lost and re won as the year passes on Tara.

This has the formula of a rather good plot, however it is not as strong as it could have been. Too much was predictable, you could see where most relationships were going to end up. You had the man with the glint in his eye who was always going to break hearts and the mean moody one who is simply misunderstood. Then there was the solicitor and the handyman, the shop girl and the builder. It was just too much the same.

For me it's strengths lie in the descriptions of the scenery, the weather how it changes so suddenly and how it impacts on them all and the local folklore which seems to go with most island communities. It is that which kept me reading.

I was disappointed with this novel, but for me much better than her debut book, that said I do not think I will be seeking out her third.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City Girl Escapes The City for A Simple Life 20 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this book before having a kindle and only just read it now. Thoroughly enjoyed it, lovely read. Only took me a week to read it as couldn't put it down. Always wanted to find out what happened next. Dont agree with a previous reviewer who said it was predictable and far fetched. Great Read for a holiday. Looking forward to reading author's other book, hope she brings out some more books soon. Well done Ali McNamara for a great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed and read this in one day
Really enjoyed this book. I felt myself wanting to keep reading to see what was happening. There was a part of the book that I did wonder where it was going. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Linzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book by Ali Mcnama
I have read all of Ali McNamara's books and this one is the best. Couldn't put it down, and it made or cry!
Published 8 days ago by Karen Philipson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Ireland. I love it. This story takes you to the west coast of the country, to `Tara'. Darcy must stay here for twelve months while there is almost nothing, just some old cottages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marloes
4.0 out of 5 stars East listening
If you want to listen to a story that just takes you along with little concentration then this is it.
Published 2 months ago by barry holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
after visiting dublin recently this book incorporates the magic and must sees of dublin. the story is magical and will have you hooked from the beginning, I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by stephanie glavin
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story
Loved the setting of the book, the interactions between the different characters. A feel good book and a relaxing read.
Published 3 months ago by J. Rusling
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I feel good book which was easy to read but I felt that it ended too quickly there was a chunk missing towards the end.
Published 4 months ago by Dawn Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading with an element of fairytale
Hmm, I thought this was a Christmas book from looking at the snowflakes on the cover, and bought it last year to read at Christmas, but left it until later when I discovered it had... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Skaty Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it
Enjoyed this book immensely, it had mystery, humour and intriguing. Found the ending abit predictable but overall a good read.
Published 5 months ago by Lesley Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely escapism
Never read Ali MCNAmara before but this is an easy tale, good for a light easy read to help you unwind after work.
Published 6 months ago by C Shields
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