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Our Secrets And Lies By Sinead Moriarty

Our Secrets And Lies‘Our Secrets And Lies’ is the latest book by Irish author, Sinead Moriarty.

Having her son and daughter at 21 forced Lucy Murphy to walk away from a glittering future. They are the loves of her life and she is determined that they will have wonderful lives. So a scholarship to a prestigious school seems like a golden opportunity for the twins, the fulfilment of every wish Lucy has for them. But Lucy is confusing her thwarted ambitions with what her children really want. After all, seventeen-year-olds have dreams of their own, dreams they cannot always share with their mother. Until catastrophe strikes, Lucy is blind to the cost of forcing her own wishes on the twins, particularly her sensitive daughter. To have any hope of surviving as a family, all three will have to face up to some surprising and difficult truths.

Sinead is back with another great story about family drama and lies. In her latest book, we meet single parent Lucy, who gave birth to twins when she was only 21. Her boyfriend at the time, left for America leaving her with the responsibility, but thankfully she has the support of her strong family unit, her mother, father and younger sister Jenny.

Fast forward 17 years and Lucy is so proud of her teenage son and daughter who have got into a prestigious school on a scholarship. Her son, Dylan is an extremely talented footballer and the school want him to play on the team and Kelly, his sister has to leave her friends at her old school to be with her brother.

The story span over many storylines which addresses many issues, the hardship of being a single parent, the difficulty of growing up without a father figure, the pressures of fitting into society as a teenager as well as the problems of social media particularly online bullying.

Seen through the perspective of Lucy, Dylan and Kelly, this book gives a great insight into the different personalities. Lucy, is a great woman, she gave up a promising education and career to become a full time mother and has spent the last 17 years of her life, committed to giving her children the best life she can possibly provide. She was heartbroken when Tom, her boyfriend deserted her and his traditional and bullying father belittled her and she never properly got over that. She has always held a grudge against Tom and his father and is determined to prove that she is the best mother in the world. Dylan is excited about his new school and becoming the star player for the school football team, but his football is the last thing on his mind when he meets Taylor and she introduces him to drinking and partying and his priorities change much to Lucy’s dismay. Meanwhile Kelly is struggling to fit in and finds herself isolated and the victim of bullying, both in real life and online.

The story is filled with many wonderfully strong and outspoken characters, all dealing with their own issues and problems. But with every problem, Sinead uses her wit to lighten the situation with the inclusion of Ollie, Lucy’s best friend’s son, a boisterous boy who’s inquisitive mind regularly gets him into trouble and Jenny, Lucy’s younger sister, is a witty and outspoken sister, who regularly had me in stitches with her wise words.

A story riddled with love and drama throughout, ‘Our Secrets And Lies’ is a charming tale about the strength of family bonds, a mother’s love and how everyone just wants to belong.

You can buy Our Secrets and Lies from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Good Mother By Sinead Moriarty

The Good Mother‘The Good Mother’ is the latest book by Sinead Moriarty.

Having been left devastated and homeless after her husband’s affair and the break-up of their family, somehow Kate has pulled through. Though times are still tough, she’s beginning to see the start of anew life. But when twelve-year-old Jesssica is diagnosed with cancer, Kate’s resilience is put to the ultimate test. She has an eighteen-year-old son consumed with hatred of his father, a seven-year-old who is bewildered and acting up and an ex-husband who won’t face up to his responsibilities. And in the middle of it a beloved child who is trying to be brave, but is getting sicker by the day. Kate knows she must put to one side her own fear and heartbreak and do right by her children, particularly Jessica. But maybe doing the right thing means doing the unthinkable?

Sinead is back with a new book guaranteed to break your heart and have you in floods of tears for the majority of the story.

In her latest book, we meet Kate. A recently single mother who has to return to her childhood home after her husband, Nick had an affair breaking up their family. Kate and her three children, Luke, Jess and Bobby have to deal with their living situation as well as adjust to having a new baby brother. But just as Kate adapts to her new life, disaster strikes when middle child Jess is diagnosed with cancer.

Heartbroken, that wise and kind Jess is ill, Kate is determined to help get her daughter back to full health but they are faced with many setbacks along the well. As the family deal with the many hurdles of the illness, they all have their dramas in their lives. As Nick, tries to be their for his family, he is constantly pushed away and punished for his behaviour, which is understandable but all he wants to make his little girl better.

The story is seen from many perspectives of the book and this all makes for heartfelt and poignant reading, as they all deal and accept Jess’s fate.

Kate, is a wonderful mother, who wants nothing more than to provide a safe and secure home for her children. She’s kind and tries to hide grief from Jess and be brave. But as Jess gets worse and asks Kate to help her, Kate is faced with a dilemma that all parents dread.

For me, I loved Jess, even though she was only 12 years old, she was incredibly wise for her years and accepted her destiny. At times she was angry, but for the majority, she had a quiet dignity about and her calmness kept the family together, particularly her little brother, Bobby, who regularly annoyed people with his obsession with facts and constantly wanting to inform people, which at times could be tiresome.

Luke, is the oldest of the family and now the man of house since his father left them. He’s heartbroken over Jess and wants nothing more to make her better, to help deal with his misery, he throws himself into his rugby and spending time with his girlfriend Piper.

Scenes with Piper and her chaotic family make for entertaining reading in this sad tale, their drama and humorous scene were welcome distraction.

Beautifully written with cast of warm, kind and entertaining characters, this book was impossible to put down and once I started it, I was hooked right in. Sinead, has a wonderful knack of writing issues that are relatable and current and ‘The Good Mother’ deals with the issue of euthanasia. For me, Sinead has become the Irish Jodi Picoult with tackling serious issues in her books. Her books are sensitively written but there is also an injection of humour to soften the harsh blows of the tale, this book is a stunning book that will break your heart and have you laughing throughout. I loved it.

You can buy The Good Mother from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

Win A Copy Of The Way We Were By Sinead Moriarty

The Way We WereI’ve a copy of Sinead Moriarty’s new book ‘The Way We Were’ to give away to one lucky person.

‘He needed something else. He wanted more.’ Alice and Ben are a couple like any other bound together by love, work, children, familiarity and a shared sense of purpose. But when Ben decides to pursue a dream of his own, he brings devastation on his family and, as far as they know, their lives will never be the same again. Alice and Ben are now on different paths: she needs to put their shared life behind her; he needs to remember it to survive. So, what happens if they get a second chance? Can they – should they – go back to the way they were?

I recently read this book and it’s a cracking read and to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question.

What is the name of Alice’s partner?

Leave your answer in the comment box below and I’ll reveal the winner on Tuesday 26th July. Good luck!

The Way We Were By Sinead Moriarty

The Way We Were’The Way We Were’ is the latest book by Sinead Moriarty.

‘He needed something else. He wanted more.’ Alice and Ben are a couple like any other bound together by love, work, children, familiarity and a shared sense of purpose. But when Ben decides to pursue a dream of his own, he brings devastation on his family and, as far as they know, their lives will never be the same again. Alice and Ben are now on different paths: she needs to put their shared life behind her; he needs to remember it to survive. So, what happens if they get a second chance? Can they – should they – go back to the way they were?

Sinead is back with another cracking story that was well worthy of the number one spot in the Irish bestselling book charts.

In ‘The Way We Were’ we see busy mother of two Alice struggle between a busy career of being the local GP as well as mother to her two daughters, domineering and outspoken Jools and highly intelligent but quiet Holly. When she’s not trying to placate her eldest daughter and give into her demands, she is trying to understand why her husband Ben, feels that his life is suddenly lacking in something. The life of a father of two as well as being a successful surgeon is not for him. So when the opportunity arises to go to Eritrea to perform a lifesaving operation, Ben jumps at the chance much to Alice’s objections. Taking the opportunity of the lifetime, has the disastrous effect consequences on Ben and his Irish colleague Declan as they fight for their lives meanwhile Alice and her daughters have to deal with the realisation that Ben is no longer around.

The story is cleverly seen through the eyes of all the members of the family as they all deal with the changes in their lives. Alice is a strong woman who is trying to cope with her difficult and quiet daughters whilst trying to maintain her career. Holly adds an injection of sensitivity to the story with her quiet words and random facts about Eritria whilst Jools struggles to carry on as normal and regularly has outbursts with her more sensitive younger sister. Meanwhile Ben is trapped in another world, regretting his decision and wishing he was back in the arms of his loving family. The story deals with many emotions, mainly love and loss and but there is the odd moment of humour when Alice’s best friend and brother tries to cheer his sister up.

I’ve been a fan of Sinead’s books for years and like her previous books, this book consumed me so much that I read it in a day. It flows at a gentle and sensitive pace that makes for poignant reading, filled with drama, shocks and unwanted emotions. A compelling story about love, regrets and starting over, ‘The Way We Were’ is a beautifully written and thought provoking that made for captivating reading.

You can buy The Way We Were from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sinead Moriarty Comes To Finaghy Library

Fans of Irish author, Sinead Moriarty will be delighted to know that she is crossing the border and coming to Finaghy Library in Belfast on Monday 23rd November. The event starts at 6.30pm and is completely free, so you will need to book your place. See you there!

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