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Someone Special Paperback – 28 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st Paper Back - 1st Impression edition (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755332210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755332212
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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'Another first class "can't put it down" novel from Sheila O'Flanagan' (Woman's Way)

'An absorbing and feel-good read' (Sun Herald, Australia)

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In this engaging and perceptive novel Romy Kilkenny is living happily in Australia - till she gets the call that brings her home to a family in turmoil... From the No. 1 bestselling author of FAR FROM OVER and IF YOU WERE ME.

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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2008
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This book tells the story of Romy Kilkenny and her family. She is house sharing with Keith in Australia having travelled the world on archealogical digs. She is called back home to Ireland to look after her glamorous mum who is due to have an operation and needs looking after. Unfortunately Romy's mum who lives the life, and looks like someone 20 years younger, manages to rub Romy up the wrong way from the moment she arrives back. Romy has to deal with her fiercly independent half sister who is living in New York and her half brother Darragh and his wife Giselle. Darraghs life revolves around his fathers company that he runs and Romy finds herslef stuck right in the middle of her family and their problems. This is a great story that was thoroughly enjoyable to read. Sheila O'Flanagan never skimps on story and this book is well worth getting. The characters are loveable and the story told at a great pace, I didn't feel that the story was rushed at all.
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I have been a fan of Sheila O'Flanagan for some years and have read all her books but really strugggled with this one. The characters were by and large two-dimensional cardboard cutouts. I got to the end feeling as if I hadn't really got to know Romy. It just wasn't credible that she would have caved into pressure from the family she loathed, given up a promotion and come home from Australia just because her mother, Veronica, needed an operation. The character of the man-eating Veronica was just a joke and the part where Kathryn's husband comes over to Ireland was downright silly and melodramatic. In a nutshell, it's OK for a wet weekend, but frankly not one I'll be rushing to re-read.
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I usually adore this author's books however found this particular one lacking in that engaging manner that has me up reading until the wee small hours. It was a good read however lacked her usual dynamic sparkle for me sadly. It does raise the rather tricky subject of half siblings and jealousy that can occur which I felt she dealt with quite well but the characters didn't all gel with me.
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O'Flanagan turns her hand to dealing with the complex relationships found in families where step siblings exist.
Romy is the protagonist who relishes her job in Australia as an archaeologist. Her step brother Darragh shames her into coming home to look after her socialite mother Veronica who needs back surgery and help in her convalescent period. As Romy has never really got on with her mother this sounds like hell on earth and despite looking for excuses to avoid coming home feels obliged as both Darragh and his sister Kathryn are unable to help.
Kathryn is an account specialising in fraud investigations in the US , married to Alan she has the perfect lifestyle and simply cannot drop everything to come home. Darragh and his wife Giselle live close to Veronica but Giselle is heavily pregnant and cannot take on the responsibility and of course as MD of the family business Darragh is far too busy to help. In their eyes Romy is the only one without a responsible job and therefore must come home.
Veronica has tried to be a good mother, married 3 times she is a social butterfly and looking good is important to her, Romy is the complete opposite and sparks fly often as she grew up feeling unloved compared to true blood siblings Darragh and Kathryn. The novel explores the mother / daughter relationship in the convalescent period .
I normally love this author but lately have found her books to be a bit of a struggle, I found this bland and myself not caring about any of the characters and their exploits. It did pick up during the last 100 pages but too late to save the book for me. I have a further two of her novels waiting to be read but will be in no hurry to pick them up.
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I really did enjoy reading this book, however I always felt there was something missing. The title 'someone special' would give the impression of romance - well it did to me, however it was more about the dynamics of a family and the ins and outs of I suppose what you would call a modern family. Although towards the end it all came together a bit too like a fairytale for me. Don't get me wrong I love fairytales however it either is or it isn't and in this case I was never too sure....It dealt with a lot family issues, domestic violence, mother/daughter relationships, will they/won't they romance, step brother/sister relationships etc and then at the end it just came together all too well I think
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While this book is certainly geared towards a female reader, it's not quite what I would consider a 'chick lit' book. Yes, there is the girl/boy romance element through the book but it's a lot more than just that. There were a lot of family rivalry throughout this book, as well as the notion of step-families and belonging in a family where you never really feel as though you are part of it because you are a step sibling. It is rare that a book explores things like this, even though with today's society, step-families are becoming more and more common.

At 599 pages, this probably isn't a book for the casual reader but as there is a lot of information in this book and it is quite fast paced so it never felt as though the book dragged on. Yes, the ending is slightly predictable but there are so many twists and turns throughout the book as well as many other smaller stories interwoven through the book never read like a chore to keep me reading on.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I do normally like Sheila O'Flanagan books anyway but this is probably my favourite book of hers. It was more than just the love story that I thought it would be and I really liked the story and the ending was a good one as well. Quite often I find ending an anti-climax, but I enjoyed the ending to this book.
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