The three Devlin sisters have all gone in very different directions as they approach middle age, and are no longer close. Set in Dublin, this novel has all the warmth and humour you’d expect from an Irish chicklit even though all three characters are seeing their lives come apart at the seams. Julie used to be a relaxed, voracious reader. Now as she’s heading for forty, she’s struggling with four sons under the age of five, three of whom are manic triplets, and a devoted husband who’s distracted by work worries.
Louise is the brains of the family, her hard work and sensible decisions have made her a partner in a law firm, and financially stable. However one drunken mistake leaves her way out of her depth and jeopardises all she’s worked for. Sophie has everything she could possibly want, but she earned it another way: she converted a successful modeling career into becoming a trophy wife. Of course no one knows how hard she’s worked to maintain the position, or how her life will change when her husband makes a catastrophic mistake. It’s only when their lives fall apart that the sisters begin to understand each other as adults.
Kooks for your Kindle?– One of the things I appreciated about this book was the language- even though Julie’s neighbour Marian, who “curses like a drunken sailor” and may have overdone the f-bombs in front of the kids, it was real. None of the characters were two dimensional, even the ladies’ parents had their depths, especially the father, dealing with a neurotic wife, three daughters in trouble and aimless younger son. Julie’s triplets were truly terrifying, and still a little lovable. But mostly terrifying.
The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Sophie and Louise both minimised the self pity and made the best of their situations, but Julie, who suspects her husband of an affair, refuses to deal with the situation at first. But the author has a way of presenting each of the sisters in a way that we understand them all, while seeing how they don’t understand each other. All three of them take a long while to realise they can share their problems.
Evaluation of your eBook?– It’s a surprisingly long book and the format of each of the three taking turns to tell the story keeps it moving at a good speed. The subject matter is nothing new so you might see where it’s going, but there’s a nice twist at the end, and the combination of the three very different sisters works well. The tale gives good examples of how family can drive you nuts, but also save you. I imagine readers with sisters or with crazy kids will identify with this book, and even if you have neither it’s still a great read with plenty of warmth, honesty, drama and compassion. This is my first by this author, but won’t be the last!
Frothy Ranking: 4/5.
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UK: Amazon for £3.99, although recently it was on a one day special for 99p- keep an eye out for offers.