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Love is the Easy Bit [Kindle Edition]

Mary Grehan
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For fans of the luminous and emotional story-telling of Maggie O'Farrell and Kim Edwards, Mary Grehan's Love is the Easy Bit goes on a shattering and exhilarating journey that will resonate with anyone who has questioned how they have ended up in the life they have.

For eleven years Sylvia Larkin has been a mother - and she knows, deep down, that she's no good at it. Seeing her husband's loving relationship with their daughter Kate, she believes she's simply been going through the motions. She feels disconnected, an outsider - a total fake.

When a former lover turns up, reminding her of the striking young artist she once was and the life she gave up, Sylvia is finally tipped into despair and nearly destroys her own world, and that of her family.

Coming so close to the edge, however, allows Sylvia to face the truth about who she was and who she is now. She realizes she must try to fix the family she's given up on. It is a journey of heartbreak, challenge and painful surprises. And for Sylvia, her husband and Kate it is one in which the destination will remain unknown until they get there . . .

'Love. It feels like a word from science class that you nod along to but don't really understand,' Sylvia says. And anyone who has ever felt the strangeness and wonder of being in a role that doesn't quite fit will be captivated and moved by Sylvia's journey into the heart of being a wife, mother and daughter.

Mary Grehan trained as an artist and now works as an arts manager and curator. She has travelled widely, lived in many places and is now based in Co Waterford. Love is the Easy Bit is her first novel

Product Details

  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844883116
  • Publisher: Penguin (April 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lucinda
This beautiful book is profoundly poignant, with an exquisitely drawn plot that draws you into the most magnetic tale. the realism and thought-provoking honesty is so refreshing that I felt instantly connected to the story, as though the author was reaching out to me on a personal level. Truly unforgettable and wrought with emotion, passion and originality this is a book like no other and something incredibly impacting. If you are seeking a sensational new read that is well-written and which contains fantastic characters with whom you can relate, then this is a book that stands-out a mile for me in terms of scope and substance.

What impressed me most was how Mary Grehan put such `life' into her novel, highlighting such truth-drawing issues that are relatable to all readers. I was touched deeply by the author's acute and exacting perception on life, and blown away by the wonderful detailed descriptions that were so sharp and precise!

Sylvia Larkin's story is gritty, earthy and at times frighteningly `real' as it speaks of such truth without shying away from the disconcerting details. It is a tale about love and yet more noticeably it is a story of self-evaluation, wherein the main characters examine their inner self and delve deep down into their very souls. Taking you on a heartbreaking journey into the unknown this is a book that has to be experienced for yourself, as only while reading are you able to grasp the profundity and power within the words.

An outstanding accomplishment of astonishing proportions that can only be deemed as exceptional, I found this starkly explicit novel very stirring and an undeniably engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and beautifully written story August 10, 2013
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Sharp, sad, funny, and beautifully written. I was never sure if Sylvia's journey would end in her own destruction or her family's. The setting, on the rural Irish coast, added so much - this is a novel I remembered in images. My favourite bits were the letter that Sylvia's twelve-year-old daughter receives from her school friend - the poor kid has been brainwashed by Victorian novels - and the overall tone and atmosphere; it felt quiet and passionate at the same time. Highly recommended.
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I enjoyed this book very much, it was a sensitive study of relationships, how they change over the years. The story was absorbing and kept me in suspense until the last few pages.
I really felt that I was getting to know the characters, in fact I felt sad when I came to the end.
I must commend the author on her writing style which was faultless.
In some ways it reminded me of Douglas Kennedy's early books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read and who wants to experience something slightly different.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read March 20, 2014
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I'm giving this book 3 stars because I finished it. It was an easy read. However, I felt it lacked something, I did'nt feel any emotion for the characters. Also I don't know of many men who would leave home without their jacket and mobile phone, not to mention their car, unbelievable.
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