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The New Girl By Sinead Moriarty

The New Girl‘The New Girl’ is by award winning Sinead Moriarty and it’s her first Young Adult book.

At school, Ruby is the odd one out. Although Denise and Clara are her friends, they are each other’s best friend and she is the ‘other’ friend. So when new girl Safa, a refugee who has just arrived in Ireland from Syria, joins the class, she is put sitting beside Ruby. Safa and Ruby realise that their lives are very different. But as they get to know each other they soon discover that they have more in common than they might think.

The story is seen through the dual narrative of Irish teenager Ruby and Syrian refugee Safia who’s just moved to Ireland with her mother. Safia has been given another chance at life and Ruby has been asked to look after her during her first week at school.

The story alternates between both teenage girls and gives an insight into the difficulties that both girls are facing and how these issues are strengthening their friendship. Ruby is the middle of three children, Orla is the oldest, a boisterous character whilst Robbie is the youngest who’s disabilities take up all of their parents times and leaves both Orla and Ruby frustrated and saddened by the lack of time and attention from their parents who are equally struggling. Whilst Ruby has two other best friends called Clara and Denise, Safia and Ruby become immediate friends with Ruby protective of her friend and racist comments that she’s exposed to.

Safia is trying to fit in and although she loves her new friends, she misses her dad dearly and prays for his safe journey to Ireland and is unaware of how much her new friends love her as they appeal to help her father.

As per Sinead’s previous books, ‘The New Girl’ is written with her warmth, charm and tackles issues such as racism, settling in, teenage pressure and disability. It is obvious that she thoroughly researched for the book and highlights the difference in religions, the way of life for refugees and the unimaginable horror that they have witnessed and the lengths they will go to get a better life. The scenes with Robbie also make for somewhat sad reading as both Orla and Ruby struggle with the guilt of their emotions towards their brother and the upheaval of the family, whilst Safia’s sweet singing is the only thing that keeps him happy.

The book was recently awarded Young Adult Book of the Year at the Irish Book awards and it’s worthy of the award, as I read it in one sitting!

It’s uplifting, inspirational and really shines a light on the refugee crisis that made for eye opening reading. On a side note, both Ruby’s friends Clara and Denise are also fascinating characters with their own backgrounds and I’d love to read more about them.

Beautifully written and captivating from the first page, ‘The New Girl’ is a heartwarming story of friendship, new beginnings and is a must read for all ages, not just young adults.

You can buy ‘The New Girl’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sinead Moriarty Reveals New Book – About Us

About UsSomething was missing from 2020 and it was a new book from Sinead Moriarty. But great news as she’s returning to our bookshelves in 2021 with a new book called ‘About Us’.

What the back cover says –

Three couples. One therapist’s couch …

Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they’re no longer on the same page or even reading from the same book.

Ann thought when she and Ken retired, it would be their second spring. Instead, it feels more like an icy winter.

Orla is falling in love with boyfriend Paul, but her complicated past makes her unsure if she can ever be intimate with anyone.

Three couples find themselves telling a stranger about the most private part of their lives – their hopes, their disappointments, their awkward realisations.

Can they learn to be honest with each other? And what life-changing decisions will be made when they do?

Sounds like another though provoking story Sinead that will be bit of an emotional rollercoaster!

You can pre-order ‘About Us’ from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 15th July 2021.

Many thanks
Bronagh

Seven Letters By Sinead Moriarty

Seven Letters‘Seven Letters’ is the latest book by Sinead Moriarty.

Every year she writes a birthday letter of love to her adored daughter, Izzy, now seven. And after she falls pregnant, she promises Izzy that the arrival of a baby brother will make their family complete. So when she collapses a few months later, the safe happy life Izzy knows is shattered. With Sarah’s future, and the future of her pregnancy, in their hands, her husband and sister disagree fiercely about her treatment. The once close family starts to fall apart. The clock is ticking, and the doctors need a decision. Can those who love Sarah get beyond the fog of grief and anger to figure out what’s for the best? Can they ever forgive each other for the decisions they make? Will Izzy lose everything she knows and loves?

I’ve come to recognise that Sinead Moriarty is the Irish equivalent of Jodi Picoult, she writes sensitively and poignant about controversial stories that only not pulls the characters hearts apart but also the readers.

In her latest book, we meet sisters and best friends Mia and Sarah, where Mia is bossy and controlling, Sarah is calm and soothing and when Sarah is pregnant, she embraces the joy of giving her daughter Izzy a little brother or sister. But, one day Sarah collapses and never recovers, Mia and her family’s world falls apart as they are delivered the tragic news that Sarah will never recover and the baby will die. The family is torn apart when Mia and her family want to give Sarah the peaceful and respectful burial that she deserves, whereas Adam, Sarah’s husband is determined that her body is kept alive so the baby will survive.

The story is a battle of morals and feelings that really pulls the reader in and it’s a heart-breaking one that should come with a warning. As the family falls apart and an adorable seven year old is caught in the middle and this character is one of the sweetest characters I’ve read in a while, as well as Mia’s outspoken teenage daughter Riley, who’s trying to recover from a broken heart. Whilst Mia, visits her sister every day and sees her sister worsen, she comes across her diary and reminiscences on happier times.

Sinead has written this tale with sensitivity and class about this painful subject that really divides people’s opinions onto what is the right and wrong in this situation. For every sad moment in the story, Sinead has injected an element of humour into the tale to help the reader recover from the trauma. A thought provoking and compelling story that really touches the readers hearts, ‘Seven Letters’ is a tender exploration of difficult subjects that left me an emotional wreck!

You can buy ‘Seven Letters’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sinead Moriarty Reveals New Book – Seven Letters

Seven Letters‘Sinead Moriarty has revealed her new book for 2019 called ‘Seven Letters’.

What the back cover says –

I Will Always Love You, Sweet Pea A mother’s promise to her little girl that when the new baby arrives, life will not change, only get better. The mother – Sarah – pours her heart into seven letters, one for every word. Five months into her pregnancy Sarah collapses and the beautiful life she dreamt of turns into a nightmare. With Sarah’s future, and the future of her pregnancy, in their hands, her husband and sister fiercely disagree about what the doctors should do. And the crisis reveals devastating fault-lines in the lives of the entire family. All the time the clock is ticking. The medics need a decision. Can her family get beyond the fog of grief and anger to figure out what’s for the best? And can it ever heal?

Sounds like another touching and heartbreaking story from one of Ireland’s favourite authors.

You can pre-order ‘Seven Letters’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd May 2019.

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.