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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241951976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241951972
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Engaging, wistful and funny, but with a real down to earth humour that has many laugh-out-loud moments (Irish Independent on Rules for a Perfect life)

You will laugh your way from cover to cover (RTE Guide on Letters to a Love Rat)

Hilariously written ... will keep you laughing all the way (Woman on Letters to a Love Rat)

An accomplished romp through the chaos of family life (Irish Times on Letters to a Love Rat)

About the Author

Niamh Greene lives in Co Kilkenny with her husband, two children and assorted dogs. She has lost her phone more often than she cares to admit. A Message to your Heart is her fifth novel.


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Firstly, the cover is gorgeous - The colours and image was what initially drew me to the book and I was so glad that I picked it up to read!

I really liked this book, it was the perfect `escape' read and I found myself looking forward to the times that I could sit down and curl up on the sofa for a few hours to read the next part. The setting was one of the things I loved most about the book. Niamh's descriptions of San Francisco were fantastic - It made me feel as though I was transported there right into the scenes and I managed to get lost in the atmosphere of the story.

The characters came across very well. Frankie is a character who is instantly likeable and that readers can relate to in some way. Rosie is also a wonderful character and I very much looked forward to the parts where she featured. In fact, I think Rosie was my favourite!

I've not read any of Niamh's other books before this one, but after reading A Message To Your Heart, I will be purchasing her other novels! A Message To your Heart is an uplifting, heart-warming story with the right amount of humour sprinkled throughout. This book is perfect to take on holiday or just to relax with!
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I am a huge fan of Niamh Greene and have read all of her previous books some more than once they were just wonderful. I love her work so much that I am always checking to see if she has any new material. When I saw this book in my local book shop I couldn't wait to get it home and curl up and read it from cover to cover. I waited and waited for the belly laughs I got from previous novels she has written but alas they did not come. The book was so disappointing the characters were so weak and the American Rosie was so typical American as was the writer Ian the recluse you knew exactly what he was going to be like before you read the words it was like I had read this book prevously it was so predicable and that wonderful sharp wit was missing. I am really really disappointed with this book and I will think twice before I buy another Niamh Green Novel
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I just loved this book!!!! A couple of chapters in and I couldn't put it down.

As someone who visited San Francisco years ago, the gorgeous cover illustration featuring a cable car seemed to shout "pick me" as I browsed the new releases at my local book store searching for the perfect holiday read. A Message to Your Heart certainly delivered on that front - it made me laugh, cry and everything in between, and being set against the backdrop of beautiful San Francisco had me re-living happy memories of my time there.

I've read a few of Greene's earlier titles and she's just getting better and better. The plot in this latest book is VERY clever - don't want to give away too much but I think the book's success lies in the fact that it is very easy to relate to Frankie, the main character - her struggle to maintain a work/life balance when her career goes through a rough patch, how we can all lose sight of the important things in life without realising it and how we can sometimes ignore what our gut (or heart) is telling us rather than face up to the truth.

When Frankie becomes separated from her mobile phone she feels like her life is unraveling without her precious lifeline. I'm such an incurable romantic that I felt myself rooting for her right from the start and hoping things would work out for the best. The take away message for all of us from Frankie's ordeal is an uplifting one - something unexpected that can at first appear to be a complete disaster may just turn out to be a blessing in disguise!

If you're searching for something "unputdownable" for your holiday reading or just a bit of escapism from the daily grind, then look no further!
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Rating: 4 out of 5 biscuits

Even though I have a copy of the Secret Diary of a Demented Housewife - one of Niamh Greene's earlier books - I haven't managed to read it yet. So when I received A Message to Your Heart, I had no idea what to expect. The story itself reminded me a little bit of Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number but it turned out to be completely different. However, it is an entertaining and a very uplifting read - if you like this genre and you're looking for a quick summer read then it is definitely something you must add to your reading list.

If I had to pick one thing I enjoyed the most in this book then I would say the setting and the way San Francisco is described in the story. At the end of the book the author mentions that she spent some time living in San Francisco and in this novel she tried to give a sense of what this city meant to her - and she really managed to get her message across. I've been fascinated by this place ever since I read Meg Donohue's How to Eat a Cupcake and the two books are quite similar in this respect. Both of them are very atmospheric and they're guaranteed to make you feel as if you were there, sitting on the balcony of a small Italian restaurant in the dazzling sunshine, eating pizza and sipping a glass of wine.

As for the characters, I think Frankie, with her slightly sarcastic attitude and Irish humour, makes a great narrator.
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