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review 2018-08-03 02:44
LOLA'S SECRET by Monica McInerney
Lola's Secret: A Novel - Monica McInerney
I loved this book!  I loved Lola!  She is feisty and up-to-date even if she is 84.  She's great!  This is probably my most favorite read so far this year. 
The character development is fantastic.  I have a complete picture of Lola.  No shrinking violet is she.  I laughed.  I cried. 
I will be buying this book and putting it on my keeper shelf.  I also plan to get other books by this author.  So much fun!
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review 2017-09-08 00:00
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Trip of a Lifetime - Monica McInerne... The Trip of a Lifetime - Monica McInerney 3.5 Stars

My first Monica McInerney novel, and such a compelling and delightful read, full of wonderful and likeable characters and a family saga that was entertaining and real and a book I really looked forward to picking up each night

The Wilful and eccentric Lola Quintan is off on a trip of a lifetime taking her beloved grandaughter and great - grandaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Austrialia, she's keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland to confront hurtful reasons why she left Ireland as a young woman and to put the past to rest.

Beautifully written and wonderful sense of time and place as the setting takes place in The Clare Valley wine region in South Australia and Ballymore Eustace in Kildare. A family saga, with family secrets and intrigue that makes a novel like this wonderful Autumn by the fire reading. I fell in love with the characters of Lola and Bett and of course Des, we all know a DES who means well but just becomes too familiar and yet no one has the heart to tell him when he is overstepping the mark as Des is the type to take offence easily.
I believe that Lola has featured in other books by Monica McInerney but The trip of a lifetime read as a stand alone novel and I felt that the author gave me enough background information on the family to keep me satisfied.
A very realistic story, perfectly paced with terrific characters that made me wonder why I have not read this author's work previously as I really enjoyed this novel.

Readers who enjoy Maeve Binchy novels or family saga style novels should check this book out as its an easy and very enjoyable read.

. My thanks to Penguin Books for an opportunity to read this Novel in return for an honest review
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review 2016-10-16 22:53
Hello From the Gillespies
Hello From the Gillespies - Monica McInerney

I took my time reading this novel as it was a calm read. I liked that it was a book that I could read for a while and put it down and still remember the characters and the storyline later on. The story stayed with me, my mind was thinking about the characters and their daily lives but I wasn’t anxious and restless to finish the novel which was a great feeling. I don’t get this feeling very often when I am reading so I cherished it. I thought the middle of this novel dragged on a bit but otherwise, I thought there was a lot to celebrate inside this novel. I already talked about the way the story carried throughout the novel and I felt this was a big plus. The drama contained in the novel was a rollercoaster, having your highs and your lows and since this novel is centered on a family, it fit.   I really enjoyed the ending and there was no way, I would have ever predicted that ending to occur.


There was a lot going on in the novel but there were times when I felt time stood still. The grown children have all returned home as their lives have not panned out how they thought they would and now they have returned home to get themselves back on track. They noticed that their mother and father are not the affectionate people they used to be so they put a plan together to try to put the spark back into their parent’s marriage. Father is upset and frustrated. Alone, he feels that hope is obtainable in the future. Mother feels she is missing something in her life and wonders if this is the life that she was supposed to lead? Perhaps she missed something. A doubt grows in her mind and her mind wanders to what type of life she could have been leading all these years. It is time for mother’s yearly Christmas letter where she jots down her words, using happy, fictitious claims making the stories more glamorous than they really are, sending them off to all her family and friends. This year however she decides to type out the truth, the whole truth but before she can delete it she is called away and the words hang in there in cyberspace. Her husband sees her letter on the computer and he knows how important it is to her to send it off on a particular day, so he pushes the send button without reading one word of the letter. Yes, the truth is out there and it cannot be retrieved.


This novel was entertaining, filled with family drama that makes you think about your own family. Each character adds their own flair to the mix and they all strive to be a part of something bigger. Yet they are all part of a family, a unit that works together and stays together.

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url 2015-11-14 00:23
Hello from the Gillespies
Hello From the Gillespies - Monica McInerney

Hi Everyone


Want a book for the holidays?  They are only 6 weeks away.  I cant wait.  They may be still a month away but it comes around so quickly and by then it is normally summer here.  Got to be worth being excited about.  Anyway... Here is a good holiday read.  Skip on over to my blog (click this link) and check out my review.

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review 2015-10-09 00:00
Hello from the Gillespies
Hello from the Gillespies - Monica McIne... Hello from the Gillespies - Monica McInerney I wouldn't normally choose to read a book such as this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't consider it to be a great piece of literature. I think the book should've ended not long after Angela recovered her memory and before everything else was wrapped up. I also think that the three daughters are written in such a way as to seem too juvenile for their reported ages. However, for its genre it was pretty good, very readable. I was interested to read about the research the author did for this novel. It may seem like it was all about the daily minutiae of life. But it's actually about the soft healing rhythm of family life. So I guess many readers might consider it to be women's stuff. But to classify it as 'chick lit' is a bit too demeaning; such stories are actually about, and, for all. It's just that women traditionally have been seen to be more interested in them and more inclined to tell these stories. But don't let that put you off, it's an enjoyable story.
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