It is my pleasure and privilege to be part of the Blog Tour for this book, which by all accounts is already a literary phenomenon on the Emerald Isle. Loved by the Literati and Irish real life readers alike, this fun book has won my heart too.
Aisling is woman out of kilter, watching friends all pairing and marrying, she becomes exasperated with her long term boyfriend, a regular guy, habitual, dependable, solid and completely clueless as to his long suffering girlfriend’s wishes to join the wedded masses.
And so begins OMGWACA...
The truth is that this is a story oft told, The dissatisfied woman , curtailed by her humble upbringing finding herself in the big city with independent and sophisticated flat mates before learning the true
worth of home, hearth and the true meaning of love and commitment.
The addition of all the specific identifiers that makes this is a wholly Irish story; the tone of the conversation, the slang particular to Southern Ireland ,all add to the foundation of the familiar plot . The richness it gave to me as a reader was invaluable. It was because of them that I warmed so quickly to this story.
There is no denying the book is very,very funny and any woman of a certain age who has yearned for a proposal, as the pool of singles dwindles (as it were) in your friends sphere, will be able to see a lot of themselves in Aisling.
A woman of singular thought processes. Her observations on footwear etiquette alone had me hooting with laughter. Surrounded by an array of zany friends, overbearing parents, sportsman and the incumbent local rivalry that pops up both over the Irish Sea and in Britain alike. The story bounces along with aplomb.
There is however a more deeply resonant seam of melancholy that runs through the story, the realisation that comes to us all, that as we go into different seasons of life, that by extension others will too. Almost without us noticing they reveal that they are human and not infallible, that they had lives and secrets before they came to nurture us and become that most joyful of things, both boon and bane - our parents.
With some Socio- political debate thrown in for good measure, this book creates the near perfect package of laughter and sombreness, of light and of dark
Oh and one more thing - I want to state my position right here that beans, should never and I repeat never appear in cooked Breakfasts, but when booked and paid for all other Hotel Breakfast choices should be utilised and enjoyed to their full capacity !!
Five gloriously green stars!
Thank you to the Authors, all at Michael Joseph/Penguin for the opportunity to meet Aisling before the rest of the Mainlanders, I promise to herald her coming at every opportunity!