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  • 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)
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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)

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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.

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I was waiting patiently for Ella Griffin's second novel having loved Postcards from the Heart and my expectations were more than satisfied. The Heart Whisperer touches the myriad of emotions we experience in life and takes us on a journey that although we suspect will have a happy ending is no less meaningful or enjoyable. I did not want to finish the book but wanted to know more about what happened next .........

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.
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Claire Dillon is determined to live her life to the full, especially now she's at the age her own mother was when she tragically died. Claire feels like she has to live the life her mother didn't get a chance to, but her career as an actress isn't really going anywhere, she still lives with her best friend Ray and doesn't have many romantic prospects. Ray is perpetually single, but when a shocking revelation hits him, will he be able to deal with it and grow up once and for all? Claire's brother Nick is finally back from America with his wife Kelly, and he soon finds fame on TV as a relationship expert. But when their marriage starts to suffer cracks of its own, will Kelly and Nick be able to put it all back together again? Will the Dillon family fall apart, and will the secrets they've all been hiding be the families downfall?

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!
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By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2013
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Marian Keyes wrote "Ella Griffin can make you laugh and cry in the turn of a page" and I couldn't possibly come up with a better set of words to describe this lovely book. I loved Postcards from the Heart, but this one is - unbelievably - even better.

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.
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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.
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