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Someone Special Paperback – 28 May 2009
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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)
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.See all Product description
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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.
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.
I'd heartily recommend her earlier novels and I'm hoping that her latest is better than this one.
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A very easy read and not a dissapointment at all.Read more