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Length: 434 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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What better way to reexamine one’s life than to go on holiday in Australia? So decide two people stuck in a rut—one in London, one in Ireland. Eva flies to Melbourne to see Lainey, her best friend—a well-meaning schemer who thinks Eva has abandoned her passions for art and music to work at a delicatessen. Lainey throws a welcome party and invents a “new” Eva, named Niamh, a carefree Celtic beauty who lives the artist’s life by the sea, sings for Enya, and has done commissions for Bono. Eva goes along with the liberating ploy and maintains it even after Lainey leaves on a business trip. Enter Joe, a wildly successful designer on leave from his stressful job who is mistaken for a wayward backpacker, an assumption he does not correct. When Eva and Joe meet, sparks fly. Will Eva reveal her secrets? Will Joe reveal his? Will Greg, the loathsome local café owner who is after “Niamh,” screw things up? McInerney’s delightful tricountry romp is bubbling with life, love, and unexpected twists. --Emily Cook

About the Author

MONICA MCINERNEY grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. She has worked in children's television, arts marketing, the music industry, public relations and book publishing and lived all around Australia, and in Ireland and England. She is the author of five previous novels, including, most recently, The Alphabet Sisters and Family Baggage, which were international bestsellers and have been published in translation in Europe. She now lives in Dublin with her husband.

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  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 24, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015DTV9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bingo-Karen Haney VINE VOICE on June 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Eva and Joseph, both off to Australia for seemingly different reasons, are destined to meet, but will the strong chemistry be enough to withstand the secrets they both hold? Monica McInerney takes us on a delightful journey with two people, both away from home and away from the realities of everyday living. McInerney gives us Eva and Joseph, who find themselves drawn to each other and liking how things are going until they are forced to face reality.

Eva Kennedy takes a vacation from her job in Dublin, and goes off for a holiday in Melbourne, Australia. She leaves following the end of a second-rate relationship and a proposition to mull over from her Uncle. Uncle Ambrose owns the delicatessen where Eva works and wants her to think about taking over as he retires. She is going to stay with long time friend Lainey, who has transplanted her Irish self in Melbourne. Once there, Lainey talks Eva into literally letting her hair down from her daily business-like plait and taking on the personality of "Niamh"--from her Celtic roots, pronounced "Nee-av". "Niamh" is a sculptress and singer who has connections with celebrities the likes of Bono and Enya, in the two friends' imagination. Unfortunately, someone wasn't careful what they wished for because before we know it, Eva can't shed the "Niamh" personality and the game turns into quite a tangled web of delightfully decadent deceit.

In turn, Ms. McInerney introduces us to businessman Joseph Wheeler, who lives in London as a successful designer and owner of Wheeler Designs. He is off to Australia as a keynote speaker for a conference and then to follow up with a short vacation and search for a father he has never known. Quite by fortunate accidental encounters, Joseph and Eva meet and the sparks fly right away.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "patriciaslythe" on May 14, 2003
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This was the first book I read of Monica McInerney and it was absolutely excellent. NOt only does she know how to keep you interested in the story but she adds humour and suspense in it. You never know what is going to happen in the next chapter and the book's title is just perfect.
I really recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrsgillies on May 4, 2013
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This wasn't the best book that i have ever read, but oh how i enjoyed it!

The story follows Eva, a failed artist who has a break in Australia from her job in her uncle's delicatessen because of an ended romance and some rather large questions she has to answer; and Joseph, who is a successful business man on a business trip in Australia, questioning whether he's really living `The Dream'. Their paths intercept and they are swept up in an unusual, frustrating romance where the truth feels like it might break them apart.

From page one of this book, i was hooked. The story was lighthearted, romantic and yet kept me on edge. I couldn't read it fast enough - a definite page turner. It was refreshing to not read something completely predictable (i mean, the gist of it might be but there are some books that you just know every twist and turn that's going to happen, like every twist and turn). And Monica writes really well. It was really nice to read a book where you aren't faulting the author on their writing skills. I might sound like i am being really bias here, however these are the reasons why she is one of my favourite authors. I knew i could rely on her for a great read. And what's more she has her more in depth books if you want some more hardcore emotion and then she has her lighthearted books, which was just what i needed. I read this in less than a day, and it's not like The Lord of The Rings but it wasn't ridiculously short either (forty chapters).

There were some sexual references, however i didn't find them too much. They got to the line and then didn't cross it (another reason why i like Monica McInerney).

I do admit that the story was frustrating at times - at one point i exclaimed, "Just tell the truth already!" however it didn't go past the point where you couldn't handle it anymore. Almost, but not quite.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a funny, lighthearted romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
In Dublin, Eva Kennedy concludes she and her latest boyfriend share none of the same desires. To make matters worse, she believes the rat was using her. Deciding she needed to escape and encouraged by her Uncle Ambrose, who looks forward to retirement, she goes ahead with the Australian trip they planned together without him.

Joseph is a workaholic who decides when a business trip takes him to Australia to take a few personal days and enjoy Down Under. He and Eva meet and are immediately attracted to one another; however, Eva pretends to be someone else to make her more attractive to Joseph. As they fall in love, their vacations are ending with neither able to tell the other the truth as to just who they are; each fears how their beloved will react yet know silence is as condemning.

The cast from the lead couple to the wonderful support players make for an engaging contemporary romance. Along with the two stars, readers discover little quirks and traits about Eva and Joseph. Fans of a warm tale of love will appreciate aptly named UPSIDE DOWN, INSIDE OUT.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda S. Bean VINE VOICE on January 16, 2009
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Oh, another charming book by her. I read this book in one sitting this evening with everyone was out. Her books are quintessential chick lit, but are very entertaining, not boring or too terribly trite, despite the genre naturally tending to head that way. All in all, they are a joy to read. The different settings of Ireland, London & Australia make these books just feel like a vacation.

I am, however, in quite a bit of a pickle as to what to read next!
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