- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orion (31 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409122417
- ISBN-13: 978-1409122418
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,205,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Heart Whisperer Hardcover – 31 Jan 2013
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Written with warmth and humour Irish authors appear so good at (Sarah Broadhurst BOOKSELLER)
A brilliant debut novel (4 stars) (HEAT)
A fresh, funny new voice. Ella Griffin can make you laugh and then cry in the turn of a page. (Marian Keyes)
A touching story that reminds us all that love's never as simple as it sounds. (WOMAN)
This thrilling story of romance and deceit is too good to put down (CLOSER)
As debut novels go this is one stomping entry into the world of storytelling. Like all good romcoms, Postcards from the Heart is a love story with a twist, but its also got the added element of wit, humour and the odd tear here and there. A fabulous read (RTE GUIDE)
A smart portrayal of four friends' efforts to find a path through the undergrowth of thirtysomething life (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Following the lives of four thirty-something friends, it has all the elements of great chick-lit: think the humour of Marian Keyes, the warmth of Cathy Kelly, with just a sprinkling of Jackie Collins naughtiness thrown in for good measure. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)
Ella Griffin's hugely enjoyable debut ... deftly mixes light and shade, humour and conflict ... like Allison Pearson in I don't know how She Does It, Griffin puts a fresh spin on the having-it-all conundrum of juggling relationships and caring from children and parents with the demands of a career. (IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT)
A brilliant read which I found it hard to put down (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)
packed with characters, plot twists and humorous incident ... a journey on which many readers will be happily swept away (IRISH TIMES)
A funny, zany romp through the glitzier side of Dublin (IRISH EXAMINER)
With the humour and compassion that marked her triumphant debut Postcards from the Heart, Irish writer Ella Griffin returns with this bittersweet comedy about love, loss, lies and the healing powers of hairy lurchers.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It is written so well and is so easy to read, a gift Ella Griffin is proving is no fluke with a second novel that is even better than her first. I strongly recommend this book.
Claire is the main character of the book, around which the whole book is based around her story. In fact, a lot of her past is a bit of a mystery to us - we aren't told for quite a while what actually makes Claire put her mother on a pedestal, and also how she died. I was surprised when it was revealed because it wasn't what I expected, and as the revelations were more forthcoming as the book progressed, it explained a lot more about the actions of Nick, and their father as well which I found really interesting to read about. Claire was, for me anyway, a bit weak - she seemed to go along with everyone else's choices rather than making her own and I did find myself getting a bit frustrated with her at times, especially for how she treated her best friend Ray, who was one of my favourite characters. In fact, other than Ray, I thought they were all quite dislikeable as people!Read more ›
Claire realises she is now the same age as her mother was when she died suddenly, and decides she'll give herself a year to make a success of her acting career. She lives in a flat in the house of her best friend Ray, a former pop star who now turns songs into jingles for advertisements: while Claire is trying to turn her life around, he makes a shocking discovery that rocks his life too, and not just because of his "inferiority cornflakes" (you need to read it...!). Claire's brother Nick is a TV relationship coach whose marriage to Kelly isn't everything it seems. And Claire's father has withdrawn from life after losing his wife, his most meaningful relationship being with the wonderful Dog.
This is a book full of secrets and revelations, beautifully written, perfectly paced, with moments of wonderful humour but others of almost unbearable sadness and poignancy. The revelations are unexpected and extremely well handled, and the characters become people you really care about. And that's not just the human characters - Dog is an absolute triumph, one of the most real and engaging animals I've come across in a book for a very long time. A beautiful read for anyone who enjoys their chick lit well written and with a little more depth - I loved it.
I really enjoyed (or should that be `hearted'?) Irish author Ella Griffin's first novel, Postcards from the Heart, which was about four friends experiencing the complications and tribulations of thirty-something life, with lots of wicked observations thrown in. One of the characters from Postcards, a self-obsessed actor called Greg Gleeson, even had his own Twitter account, which was very funny indeed. But I have to say that The Heart Whisperer totally surpassed my expectations. In short, I loved it.
Dublin-based actress Claire Dillon is thirty-three, the same age as her late mother was when she died in a terrible accident twenty seven years before. The major difference is, Claire's mother was a successful GP, while Claire feels that she herself is now frittering her life away, with the help of her oldest friend, the gorgeous ex-rock star Ray Devine. She hasn't had an acting job or a meaningful relationship in three years.
Meanwhile, Claire's brother Nick is back from America with his perfect wife Kelly, carving a career on daytime TV for himself as `Dr Nick', the guy who can solve everyone's problems. Except his own, that is. When another accident throws the dysfunctional Dillons together, they learn more about each other than they'd bargained for and the past isn't quite as clear cut as it first appeared.
This is a really warm, big-hearted novel that has the author's by now trademark humour stamped all over it. Characters such as the Clancys, the husband and wife daytime TV duo, are hilarious and spot on but the humour is never cruel nor does it ever descend into stereotype. There is a touching, emotional core at the centre of this book reminiscent of a Maeve Binchy novel and I look forward to lots more from Ella Griffin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really lovely story with believable and interesting charactersPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fabulous book. Lighthearted, funny and at times sad but I would highly recommend for an easy read.Published 10 months ago by Aoife Fleming
Grabbed this off the shelf at the library and was expecting a run of the mill chick lit type story. Was really pleasantly surprised though as I soon got to love the characters and... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Library Girl
Ella Griffin has written another beautiful book. This is the second I've read and everything I'd hoped for. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by thart
I very much enjoyed Ella Griffin's first book Postcards From the Heart so I was really pleased to receive her latest book, The Heart Whisperer. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2013 by Dot
I picked this book up at the airport to take on holidays. Once I started reading I soon became hooked and eagerly looked forward to my next available free moment to read it. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2013 by S. Parry
I absolutely loved Ella Griffin's second book The Heart Whisperer. So much, that when I woke up one night at 3 a.m. Read morePublished on 13 May 2013 by Jos Bult
Just finished 'The Heart Whisperer' and really enjoyed it, even more than Ella Griffin's first novel 'Postcards from the Heart'. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Mel146