It was just as well that I didn’t read the blurb before borrowing this book because after reading it, I find the blurb actually didn’t capture the essence of the novel, which has three parts: The Party, The Storm and The Wedding. Surprisingly, the most interesting section occurs one-third way through the book : the secret is revealed at the end of Part I and the beginning of Part 2, after which I didn’t enjoy the story as much as some of her other novels that I’ve read (He’s Got To Go, Isobel’s Wedding, Too Good To Be True, Anyone But Him, How Would I Know?, My Favourite Goodbye, Yours, Faithfully, Bad Behaviour, Someone Special, Stand By Me, A Season To Remember, All For You, Better Together and Things We Never Say).
Nevertheless, I savour some of the lines:
- Everyone in Ireland would like climate change to mean better summers, but maybe not humid like … Singapore … hot and sticky;
- Ireland was some kind of symbolic maelstrom where things got done by luck rather than intent;
- No Dubliner wasted money on rent when they could be at home, even if they were contributing to living expenses;
- When you are in a different country, you live to the rhythm of that country. You are caught up in your life and you don’t think of anything else;
- What I deserve and what I end up with are two completely different things;
- I hate people who make things complicated. You say one thing and mean something else. Life’s too short;
- Everyone makes mistakes. Even people you think never do. And everyone neeeds forgiveness. Everyone has the power to forgive.