- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Message to Your Heart Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.Read more ›
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Rather lame, seemed to be trying to ape another style but missed on all counts.Published 19 months ago by Alison M
a very simplistic story, you always knew the outcome. ok for a holiday book, but it could get boring, i skipped to the last few pages after getting halfway through.
I have never laughed and cried so much. Great story line. If you want to read a good book with not too many characters, I always have problems remembering whose who, then this one... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by Ann Sharp
I know there are some good reviews here and I'm glad people enjoyed Niamh Greene's book. Not everyone enjoys the same things though, so here are my thoughts for balance. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by Albannach
Alright, I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but come on... How can you possibly resist this one? Read morePublished on 6 April 2013 by Jody - "A Spoonful of Happy Endings"
I read A Message to your heart in just a few hours and loved it, laughed and cried with the characters. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. A. E. Byrne
Frankie is a workaholic, much to the annoyance of her family and friends, but she needs to be since she decided to branch out on her own and set up her own literary agency. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2012 by Sharon
Niamh Greene's newly released novel, 'A Message To Your Heart' is the first book I've read from this novelist. Sorry! I know, but it is! Read morePublished on 7 July 2012 by Jackie M