Sheila O'Flanagan admirers will undoubtedly rate Far From Over
as among her best yet. Having already achieved considerable acclaim for such charming and involving books as Dreaming of a Stranger
, her work is distinguished by its combination of warmth and spry humour, which makes the narratives quite unlike those of any other author. Gemma, her heroine here, is considering how to end the moribund marriage she is caught in. When she makes the decision to go it alone with two kids, she finds herself surprised that she is so resentful when her career-obsessed husband David marries Orla, whom Gemma finds to be a brainless redhead. But Orla has her own problems as she wonders how she will follow the super-efficient Gemma when it comes to running a home; she can't even cook. And then there's David, who loves both women...
The situation has a whole mass of possibilities and O'Flanagan is astute enough to make the most of them all. All the characters are drawn with richness and sympathy, and this is her most beguiling book yet. --Barry Forshaw
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Highly readable (Express
A fabulous first novel and a thoroughly enjoyable read (RTE Guide
An insight into modern-style marriage... a rollercoaster ride through lives of affluence and destruction (Irish Times
A rattling good read (U Magazine
Well written, down to earth and honest (Woman's Way
'The appeal of Sheila's books is obvious; they have a romantic, feel-good factor, they're funny and she doesn't shy away from dealing with troublesome emotional issues' (Far From Over) (Irish Post
Well-written and very readable...a refreshing change from the usual stable of women's contemporary fiction (Publishing News