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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241963389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241963388
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cecelia loses her chicklit crown to Sinéad (Irish Independent)

This book is as good as it gets in terms of chicklit polish and poise, humour and pain, pace and plot ... Sinéad Moriarty can still bring readers from hilarity to heartbreak with great deftness (Sunday Independent)

Moriarty knows how to weave an engaging story ... [she] gives her fans all the escapism they crave (Irish Independent)

We loved Sinéad's latest read: touching, warm, funny and emotional. She has the gift of telling a very emotive story with grace and empathy (Woman's Way)

About the Author

Sinéad Moriarty's novels have sold over 700,000 copies in Ireland and the UK. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are humane, moving and relevant to modern women. She lives in her native Dublin with her husband and their three children.


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There are many truths in this book. We are back with Emma & James from "The Baby Trail", their children Lara and Yuri and Emmas sister Babs and best friend Lucy. Emma is the loving mother who only wants a calm family life. Babs dreams about a career in television; she flitters from affair to affair and has no wish to settle down. While Lucy is the born career woman with a high flying job which leaves little time together with her husband and little son.

Then there is the stalker! A lot of the book focus on an unknown person seemingly trying to split Emma and James and ruin their marriage. Emma receives strange telephone calls, messages and even gifts hinting on someone having an affair with James and ordering Emma to return to Ireland....

The book as a whole is a funny and entertaining read, with quite a bit of insight into modern womens' lives and challenges. In addition to Babs and Lucy also Emma's neighbours Carol and Poppy are great personalities and Moriarty gives hilarious descriptions of the two. Yes, isn't it nice that people are so different!!

Not quite five stars. The mystery of the stalker is soon solved, rather obvious I think. Emma gets a little too hysterical about the whole thing and the situation drags out too much when the solution is all too obvious.

But, all is well that ends well. Lots of feelgood and a happy ending makes this a relaxing and satisfying read. If not the most memorable one.
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I didn't realise when I requested this advance reader copy from NetGalley that this was one in a series but I didn't feel the lack of knowledge from previous books when I read it.

Emma and James come to London from Dublin as he has a new job coaching a rugby team. Emma is lonely and finds it difficult to make friends (I obviously move in different circles from her as no one has ever been as rude to me at the school gate as they are to Emma here - is it really realistic ?). She gets a job as a make up artist on her sister's make-over TV show and has to balance childcare with the demands of her job and the demands of James' new job. There is quite a bit of discussion by various characters of the various roles of men and women in childrearing and childminding - in fact, this is a topic of conversation so often I became very weary of it - I can acknowledge with the author that there are a lot of gender related issues but I did think that there was just too much emphasis on it here.

Emma is plagued by messages and presents from a stalker who claims that she is having a relationship with James and she finds this worrying, mistrusts James, makes a huge scene at his place of work and eventually chucks him out. The identity of the stalker is immediately obvious to everyone except the characters in the book (the clues are so unsubtle that the author must intend for the reader to be well aware who it is before the characters). I understood why Emma reacted the way she did to the stalker but I did think that she got very hysterical about it all (maybe because of the amount of alcohol that she drinks in this book which is quite astounding).

I had an issue with Emma's sister Babs from the beginning.
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Easy, no effort required reading. Hamilton family relocate from Dublin to London for work with all the upheaval that entails. The situation is made more difficult when Emma is led to suspect James of adultery. An engaging piece of chick lit especially if you have read the other books in the series.
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I haven't read the first book in this series, but have read numbers 2 and 3. Reading this one was like being reacquainted with old friends as I read about the trials and tribulations of Emma and her family and friends. On the whole I enjoyed this book very much, taking less than a week to read it. I have only two negative things to say about it: firstly, it was blatantly obvious who the villain of the piece was, and I couldn't believe that Emma and James would be so stupid as to remain in the dark until the answer is pushed under their noses; secondly, I remember Imogen as being stick thin, and now she's enormous, with no explanation given, so it seems like a continuity error.

Emma, James and their two children are now living in London, having recently moved for James' work. There's both joy and pain for Emma in living near her sister Babs, and only pain in living near her sister-in-law Imogen. Emma is having problems settling into her new life. James is constantly under stress and working long hours and Emma's parents seem to be oblivious to her sorrow and the sacrifices she is making. While she's delighted to learn that her friend Lucy is going to be spending a lot of time in London, her joy is short-lived because Lucy is a work-a-holic. It seems that nobody has time for Emma, and her life is filled with boredom and chores ....... and that's before a development that threatens her marriage and her sanity. Like all of this author's books, it's a human story, filled with humour.
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Sinead Moriarty is another of my favourite authors and I look forward to her new releases each year. It was great to pick up this latest release and be reacquainted with Emma and James Hamilton from Sinead's earlier novels, The Baby Trail and From Here to Maternity. A couple struggling to conceive and who adopted a young son from overseas.

We return to the Hamilton family, Emma, James, their adopted son and their biological daughter. At the start of the book the family have moved from Dublin to London, a move due to James' new job, training London Irish rugby team. It is great to see that Moriarty has acknowledged the difficulties and emotional wrench in moving away from family and the security of Emma's group of friends.

Emma has a sister, Babs, who lives in London and is the host on a makeover programme. She manages to get Emma a job as the programme's make up artist. Although this is great for Emma, she has to consider childcare and the immediate start on the job leaves Emma feeling guilty about not being there to settle her children into their new nursery. A neighbour mentions that a friends daughter is looking for work and is good with children. After interviewing for a nanny, it is decided to go with the daughter of a friends friend. The story continues, the children and the nanny are both happy, Emma has her job which she is enjoying, and James is working hard to get the London Irish rugby team to win their first game.

It is during this time that Emma receives a parcel containing an intimate gift and a worrying note. Could James be playing away? Emma continues to receive these personal gifts, along with disturbing anonymous text messages. Would James really be playing away or is malice involved?
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