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Hot Gossip ( An Irish romance)

Hot Gossip ( An Irish romance) [Kindle Edition]

Susanne O'Leary
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When Janine Marchand leaves her native France for a remote village on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, she hopes to let go of a painful past. She has changed her name and taken on a whole new identity. But the locals are curious and soon tongues start wagging. To complicate matters, Janine gets involved with Mick O’Shea, a handsome man who harbours dark secrets of his own. She is drawn to him even though she knows the attraction might jeopardize the fresh start she is trying to build. When someone in the village alerts the press, Janine must make a decision: run away once more or stay to confront her past.

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I was born in Sweden and married an Irishman, who had a job that took us to many countries across the world; such as Australia, France, Belgium and Holland. We are now living permanently in County Tipperary, Ireland
I started writing by accident. About twelve years ago, when I was living in Brussels, I was asked to write down some health and exercise tips for the fitness group I was running (I am also a trained fitness teacher) . To my surprise, this eventually resulted in a book. It took me around six month to finish it. 'Look Great, Feel Great for Life', was published in the spring of 1999. By that time, I was already writing my second health book, dealing with healthy aging. 'The Life in Your Years' came out in 2000.

When I had handed in the finished manuscript for 'The Life in Your Years' I felt a sense of achievement that was quickly replaced by a huge loss. I had become hooked on writing and needed to write more. I mentioned this to my editor at Gill&Macmillan and she said: 'why don't you write a fun novel about your life as the wife of a diplomat? I'm sure you have many funny incidents worth telling.' This sparked the first ideas for the novel that was to become 'Diplomatic Incidents', which was published by Blackstaff Press in 2001. After the success of this novel, I was asked to write a second one on the same theme; a tongue in cheek story set behind the scenes of the European Union. The title for this book was easy to find. 'European Affairs' was published in 2003.

With my subsequent novel, I left the world of politics and decided to try a different approach. I used what I now call the 'what if' moment. I happened to be in the Alps on a skiing trip and the very first 'what if' moment popped into my head. What if a group of skiers gets snowed into their chalet during a blizzard? What will they do? Who gets eaten first? This idea was eventually turned into 'Fresh Powder', described in the Irish Independent as 'Agatha Christie meets Mills&Boon on a James Bond set'. It became Eason's book of the month when it came out in March 2006.

A year later, I found myself in a motorway café in the middle of France, having had a bit of a problem with the map, which didn't amuse my spouse. I thought: what if a woman walks out on her husband on the motorway in the middle of France after a row about her map reading skills? And what if that woman keeps walking and takes on a whole new identity? The idea was developed into a novel. 'Finding Margo' was published in May 2007.

The idea for, 'Swedish for Beginners', came from my own feelings of confusion about my roots. Having left my native Sweden at the age of twenty one and traveled the world most of my adult life, I often wonder where I really belong. I do love living in Ireland but the place where you grew up is really where your roots are. I wanted to explore this dilemma which so many people struggle with these days. The feedback from readers has confirmed that I am not alone in experiencing it. Writing this novel was a very emotional journey for me, as many of the people and settings are drawn from my own family and my childhood home in Sweden. It is not all sweetness and light. A reviewer in the Irish Independent said: 'it reminds one a little of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'

My historical novel, 'A Woman's Place' was inspired by the life stories of my great aunt Julia and her daughter Sonja, who both led fascinating lives, which I found out by reading letters and diaries I found in my grandmother's chest of drawers.

The detective story, 'Virtual Strangers' that I wrote with fellow Swedish author Ola Zaltin, came about after a chance meeting on a writer's website.

My husband and I moved to Tipperary rather by accident. We had bought our house as a holiday home but when my husband left the diplomatic service, we found that Dublin no longer appealed to us. The beauty and peace of the countryside of south Tipperary was irresistible. My husband is a keen gardener and, although we had been admiring the mountains lazily for years, we are now actively climbing them on our regular hill walks.

My writing day is rather undisciplined and drives my husband crazy. I usually start early in the morning and try to fit the housework in between my writing sessions, writing being the more important occupation. When inspiration strikes, the Hoover is often standing neglected in the middle of the living room and my husband is in the door of my office, asking politely if he is going to be fed or should he send out for pizza?

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story 27 Nov 2013
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Janine has changed her name and moved to a remote Kerry village, leaving her past life of glamour in France behind. She tries to keep aloof, but is slowly drawn in to local life, even as she tries to reach closure with her past.
She becomes friendly with a young girl who reminds her of herself, then finds herself getting involved with Mick, the girl's father, who has a dark past of his own.
The tale weaves her past life with her present as she tries to come to terms with a new life. But things become complicated, especially as the past begins to catch up with her. A great story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conde Nast 15 Feb 2014
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I am well-traveled, but I haven't been on the road much in recent years. To satisfy my cravings for the other side of the Atlantic, I subscribe to Conde Nast Traveler magazine and I read Susanne O'Leary's novels. Each of them take me to another place, or rather, many places. Hot Gossip is no exception.

O'Leary paints a landscape with every chapter then glosses it with colorful characters and a plot that pulls you in. This is a novel you have to finish in order to see experience its value. As with many of her novels, she writes with a duality of time and setting. This adds a touch of mystery along with multi-faceted romance. Tastefully steamy in places. I highly recommend this author and I look forward to her next novel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel to Hot Property 1 Dec 2013
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Hot Gossip is the sequel to Hot Property. Susanne has done an outstanding job of enabling it to stand alone, with well-thought-out references to its prequel.

Also set in the beautiful Irish countryside, Hot Gossip features Janine Marchand, a rather enigmatic (and charismatic) young and beautiful Frenchwoman, with an intriguing and colourful past. She seeks to escape the more unsavoury aspects of that past in a small, quaint village in Ireland, backdropped by austere and stunning landscape. Her endeavours to stay incognito are not helped by two men in the village, who are captivated by her, and the daughter of one of them, twelve-year-old Nelia, whose impressionability and somewhat hasty immature actions lead to near tragedy.

The story weaves expertly back and forth from a heady time in Egypt, back to the sleepy Irish village, the times and events a sharp contrast to each other. As with Hot Property, it's obvious the fondness O'Leary has for her adopted Ireland: she sells it better than any Lonely Planet guide!

Janine, Nelia, Jake (the significant other from her time in Egypt), and Mick (Nelia's father) are all strong, know-their-own-minds characters. Makes for some delightful `fireworks', and it's wonderful to see Polish Beata and her big-bear husband, Boris, (from Hot Property) making a reappearance.

Wonderfully written, as always by this author, this is a `fine romance'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Gossip 1 Dec 2013
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I had the privilege of being asked to read Hot Gossip as an arc and I am truly delighted that I did. I have read a number of Susanne O'Leary's books and I always come away from them happy and with a warm glow inside.

Hot Gossip is a beautifully written, easy to read, feel good female fiction novel. The story and characters are complex enough to seem realistic yet the narration is delightfully straightforward allowing you to enjoy this novel in a few sittings.

Hot Gossip is the second part of a collection of stories in which Hot Property is the first. Each book is stand alone however set around the same village and mostly the same characters. I find this a refreshing take on a series and allows the reader to engage with a different character and to see the same locations and characters from different perspectives and in different situations, giving the reader a multifaceted image of the village and its residents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Gossip 30 Nov 2013
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I was gifted this book for a fair and honest review. This is the second book in this series and for me I enjoyed it so much more. It has a great balance of both the romance and intrigue. Janine has moved to the Irish countryside to start a new life, the is quite a bit of intrigue in Janine's old life the way this author has described some of the scenes made me feel as if I was right there. Like I said earlier this is the second book but can be read as a stand alone and one would not feel as if they are missing half the story. I was able to dive right into this book and I just love when I can do that, if you are just looking to escape from your life for a bit then pick this book up you will not be disappointed.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Susanne O`learys latest book which I've had the greatest of pleasure in reading as an ARC.
Isn't the cover great!
I love this author as she's taken a different chance on this story, more intense and romantically raw in my opinion with things to hide that come out later as you read further on into the pages.

I liked this one as much as I loved her previous book Hot Property. This isn't a carry on from that, its a stand alone book in its own right.
Its taken me today to sit down and read this lovely enjoyable read.
Susanne never disappoints her readers, yet another thumbs up from me.
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