Saturday, 20 December 2014

"Now That I've Found You" by Ciara Geraghty

I received an ARC of this title from in return for an honest review…

Ellen is housebound after an accident, only getting to venture out once a week when she has physiotherapy. 
Vinnie is learning to cope with being a single dad and has forgotten what it is like to be himself anymore.
A regular taxi fare eventually leads to a form of friendship that neither person has wanted, expected or even realised that they needed.

Ciara Geraghty is one of Ireland’s best loved contemporary fiction writers.  She weaves human stories together with a dash of minute magic and gives her readers a little bit more than the average chick-lit.  This novel is not only warm, clever and moving, it has some of the most wonderful supporting characters that I have read in years.  Vinnie’s friend, Kenny, is a modern day Fonzie, all swish and swagger, with a vintage wardrobe to die for.  Full of random advice and words of wisdom, he would be a welcome addition to any circle of friends.  Vinnie’s mother is one of those salt-of-earth Mammies that are well loved in Irish fiction.  She would do anything to protect her son and his kids, and has such a huge heart that she forgets about herself most of the time.  A regular committee member of many active retirement meetings, including Bingo, Swing Dance, Aqua aerobics and other amazing clubs, she rarely has a moment to sit down.  However, she supports Vinnie 100% and spends more time in his house, than her own.  A true gem of a woman.

Ellen’s mother does not get as much of a look in, but the reader can see the women relax in each other’s company as the novel progresses.  Ellen makes some changes in her life and while they may have been frowned on in previous times, it seems her mother may now see how a life change may be just what the doctor ordered for Ellen.

This story is not one of dramatic events.  It has touches of depression, loneliness and broken families and trust.  It is not full of lessons to be learned, just basic knowledge that sometimes family and friends are all you need.  I admire Ciara Geraghty for not trying too hard to make this a book of morals, as sometimes that comes across as twee.  She has a talent for storytelling, similar to Cecelia Ahern, which deserves to be recognised. Give this Irish author a chance, you won’t be disappointed… 

Now That I've Found You is published by Hodder in paperback on 15th Jan 2015 and is currently available in ebook format.

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